The best floating shelves

Organise ornaments, create displays and arrange your books with our selection of the best floating shelves

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Looking for good storage? Cabinets and bookcases can take up valuable floor space or even make a room appear smaller than it actually is. If you desperately need book storage, or to find a home for ornaments, gifts or bits and bobs, then fitting floating shelves is a great idea, not forgetting that you can find floating shelves for corners, too.  

A floating shelf no longer has to mean a plank of wood and a couple of brackets. There are plenty of decorative shelves out there that’ll complement and enrich your interior design theme. If you’re looking for a floating shelf with character, head over to retailers like Not On The High Street and Made for unique ideas, and you can always rely on John Lewis and Wayfair for some stylish, great value options, too. 

This list of the best floating shelves features industrial options, such as the Cox & Cox Two Industrial Shelves and practical options, like the Ohio Long Floating Shelf, so whether you’re looking for the perfect kitchen shelf solution or a simple option for your child’s bedroom, you’re sure to find the perfect shelf for your home in this list.  

The best floating shelf

1. Cox & Cox Two Industrial Shelves

These industrial box style shelves are perfect for contemporary homes

Material: Iron
Quantity: Two
Colour: Black
Reasons to buy
+ One large and one small shelf 

With their box style and wide surface area, these shelves make the perfect display feature, whether you’re looking for a home for your crockery or your ornaments. Their black, industrial style construction is contemporary and bold, adding both character and functionality to an otherwise empty wall area. 

All Things Brighton Beautiful White Marble Shelf

2. All Things Brighton Beautiful White Marble Shelf

An edgy alternative to a traditional shelving unit

Material: Brass and marble
Quantity: One
Colour: White and gold
Reasons to buy
+ Brackets also double up as book ends 

When you think about it, it makes perfect sense to have the brackets facing upwards, rather than downwards. The hanging position of these brackets not only makes them part of the shelf but acts as an end to keep books upright. The combination of white marble and gold make this shelf stylishly simple, while the individually cut marble means no two are the same. Bear in mind the the supports are sold separately.  

Graham & Green Triangle Frame Shelf

3. Graham & Green Triangle Frame Shelf

The triangular metal frame makes this shelf perfect for storing books

Material: Wood and metal
Quantity: One
Colour: Wood and black
Reasons to buy
+ Distressed angular metal makes it rough around the edges 

If you’re looking for a floating shelf with heaps of character, this one from Graham & Green is certainly one to consider. From the distressed triangular metal frame to the rustic wooden unit, there’s nothing smooth about the floating shelf. Its brackets double up as book ends to support your favourite titles or alternatively, will make a feature out of your ornaments or even stacks of crockery.  

Vitra Corniches Shelves

4. Vitra Corniches Shelves

Very quirky and perfect for a feature piece

Material: High Gloss ASA Plastic
Quantity: Three
Colour: White, Khaki, Dark Grey, Black, Japanese Red, Orange
Reasons to buy
+ Plenty of colours available 

Who knew you could be so creative with shelving units? Too often, shelves are bought for their practicality over their potential to create something special. These floating shelves enable you to create your very own feature wall. While their small size means they’re only large enough to support one item, with a variety of colours and sizes to choose from, these floating shelves will enable you to turn your odds and ends into an eye catching display.  

Fowler Floating Wall Shelving Unit

5. Fowler Floating Wall Shelving Unit

Cupboard space and display space? This contemporary shelving unit offers it all

Material: Oak veneer and MDF
Quantity: One
Colour: Multi
Reasons to buy
+ Four cupboard units 

Not all items that require a home are worthy of being on display. This floating shelving unit from MADE gives you the freedom to pick and choose which items you want to show to the world and which ones you want to keep behind closed doors. The shelving unit is fairly sizeable and with a quirky colour scheme, makes a great feature piece too. With each cupboard door having a magnet catch, you can easily access your hidden items, while the two separate units give you the freedom to play around with the arrangement.  

Ohio Long Floating Shelf

6. Ohio Long Floating Shelf

Clean lined, simple and practical

Material: Wood
Quantity: Three
Colour: Oak & White
Reasons to buy
+ Very easy to put up 

Light, clean, simple and elegant this long floating shelf is perfect for Scandi themed interior designs. According to buyers, the shelf comes with all the fittings you need to easily erect it, while the lack of obvious support units makes this a true floating shelf, ideal for minimalist homes. With users also very happy with the size the unit, this floating shelf is both practical and stylish.  

Urban Outfitters Cloud Shelf

7. Urban Outfitters Cloud Shelf

Playful, and perfect for storing small ticket items

Material: Metal
Quantity: One
Colour: Gold and White
Reasons to buy
+ Pretty patterned interior 

There’s no doubting the quirkiness of this floating shelf. The playful cloud design brings a whole new angle to the idea of a floating shelf, with the appearance of it taking priority over practicality. It’s not going to offer you the most amount of space, and the bubbly lines are going to limit what you can put on it, but for bedrooms, in particular children’s nurseries, this floating cloud shelf is absolutely perfect.  

Karo 3 Tier Curved Corner Shelf

8. Karo 3 Tier Curved Corner Shelf

Keep things tucked away with this corner shelf unit

Material: MDF
Quantity: One
Colour: White
Reasons to buy
+ Perfect for rooms with limited wall space 

Not all rooms have the space to make a floating shelf a feature piece, but you could always compromise by choosing this corner shelf from Karo. Its design is eye catching and modern, yet it’ll sit neatly in the corner and offer a good amount of space to store DVDs and CDs. Playing with angular and curved lines, this is the perfect floating shelf for contemporary homes. 

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