The best home office shelving

Declutter your home office with our selection of the most stylish and practical shelving units

So, you're looking for shelving for your new home office design? Shelving is probably one of the most important elements of a home office: it's as space-efficient as can be, using little floor space, but really packs a punch when it comes to storage.

We’ve compiled a selection of the best home office shelving to provide you with a list of both stylish and functional shelving units...

Designing a home office can be difficult, but thanks to our buying guides, there's no need to worry about finding what you need. You've picked a pretty good time to purchase, as Black Friday and Christmas are approaching, which equals furniture deals all round. 

1. Design Project by John Lewis & Partners No.004 Display Unit

The ideal shelving unit if you love linear designs

Best for: Contemporary style
Colour: Oak
Material: Solid oak, oak veneers
Dimensions: H180cm x W120cm x D35cm
Reasons to buy
+ Solid and hard wearing + Made from real wood 
Reasons to avoid
- Perhaps too modern for traditional homes- Pricey

This contemporary home office shelving unit from John Lewis & Partners is both stylish and functional. The designers have chosen to use both oak and oak veneer to give it a sturdy, hardwearing structure, perfect for storing files, books and other necessary office items. The boxes at the end of each shelf can be used to frame a lamp or ornaments, so you can extend your unique taste to your home office.  

2. Sanford Parquet Bookcase

This rough and ready shelving unit provides ample storage

Best for: Shabby chic interiors
Colour: Dark wood, black
Material: Solid Mango Wood, iron
Dimensions: H170cm x W100cm x D35cm
Reasons to buy
+ Lots of storage+ Fairly lightweight for moving 
Reasons to avoid
- Perhaps too industrial for traditional homes 

If you’re a fan of shabby chic, this shelving unit from Marks and Spencer combines iron and wood to create a smart industrial–feel shelving unit that would look great as a statement piece for your office. Featuring five shelves, there’s plenty of room for you to create an organisation system. Whether it’s baskets of spare stationery on the bottom shelf, books on another and files on top, you won’t be stripped for space.  

3. Cox & Cox Two Industrial Shelves

Cleanly designed shelves for a completely uncluttered office

Best for: Minimalists
Colour: Black
Material: Iron
Dimensions: H35cm x W100cm x D25cm and H34cm x W70cm x D25cm
Reasons to buy
+ One large, one small + Made from sturdy iron 
Reasons to avoid
- No fixtures and fittings included 

Of course, home office shelves can be decorative too. This pair of industrial shelves combine a black iron frame with a shelf surface to create units that are minimal yet stylish. They therefore lend themselves to displaying rather than storing, so any picture frames or business awards would look great taking pride of place on either of these shelving units. Bear in mind that fixtures and fittings aren’t included with these units and will come at a separate cost. 

4. Garden Trading Aldsworth Wide Shelf Ladder

An upcycled chic shelving unit that provides lots of storage room

Best for: Shelf space
Colour: Wood
Material: Wood
Dimensions: H180cm x W80cm x D35cm
Reasons to buy
+ 6 shelves + Shelves have various depths 
Reasons to avoid
- Takes up more floor space than a regular unit 

If you’re looking for a substantial shelving unit that contributes to the interior design of your home office, this rustic unit from John Lewis could be just the thing. Whether you’re after plenty of room to store files and books or display decorative items, the varying depths of the six shelves gives you plenty of ways in which to use the unit. Because the shelves are angled like a ladder, this unit will take up more room than your standard set of wall shelves, so it may be best suited to large home office spaces.  

5. Heart of House Elford 3 Shelf 2 Drawer Bookcase

The perfect buy if you’re looking for additional storage too

Best for: Storage and shelf space
Colour: Various
Material: Wood and metal
Dimensions: H189.5cm x W90cm x D40.7cm
Reasons to buy
+ 4 shelves, 2 drawers + A range of colours available 
Reasons to avoid
- Doesn’t have much character 

This shelving unit comes in variety of effects, including white, oak, walnut and grey, so there’s plenty of choice if you’re stuck trying to find one that fits in a traditional home office. There are four shelves, perfect for storing a combination of books, files and photos. There’s the added bonus of two drawers at the bottom of the unit, which are great for storing clutter you’d rather keep hidden. Plus, the unit comes fully assembled, so you won’t even have to take time out of your busy schedule to put it together.  

6. Reclaimed Wood And Steel Industrial Style Shelf Unit

Try this alternative iron and wood unit for size

Best for: Stylish, yet compact
Colour: Wood and grey
Material: Wood and steel
Dimensions: H60cm x W60cm x D15cm
Reasons to buy
+ Made from recycled material + Great for shabby chic offices 
Reasons to avoid
- Not as much shelf space as others 

If you like the look of our pick from Marks and Spencer but you are working with a small home office, you may be interested in this pick from Not On The High Street. Combining steel and reclaimed wood, it’s industrial in style, even in the way in which the brackets fix the unit to the wall. There are three shelves which are fairly short in length, so it’s a great choice if you’re only looking to store stationery or trinkets. 

7. Hygena Squares Plus 16 Cube Storage Unit

Use this shelving unit for decorative or storage purposes

Best for: Versatility
Colour: Various
Material: Wood
Dimensions: H145cm x W146cm x D39cm
Reasons to buy
+ Lots of shelving space + Available in a range of colours 
Reasons to avoid
- Takes up a fair amount of room 

This versatile unit can be used in multiple different ways depending on your needs. Each individual cube is perfect for those who love creating organisation systems, but you could also mix and match with drawers to create places where you can store items that you’d rather keep tucked away. You may even use some cubes for filing and some for displaying ornaments. The unit is available to purchase in white gloss, white matt, beech, or oak, so it should offer a colour suited to your taste and existing decor.  

Watford Steel and Walnut Shelving Unit

(Image credit: La Redoute)

8. Watford Steel and Walnut Shelving Unit

This storage savvy shelving unit is the best solution to running out of desk space

Best for: Simplicity
Colour: Walnut and black
Material: Steel, MDF
Dimensions: W80cm x H123cm x D33cm
Reasons to buy
+ Industrial chic+ Has both shelves and cupboards
Reasons to avoid
- Not real wood

Sometimes all you need is a storage unit that can tick all the boxes. This one from La Redoute offers three shelves to store necessary or decorative items (you can move the shelves to different heights to suit), and two cupboards (which merge into one compartment) to store important documents safely away. So that's practicalities out of the way – what about looks? As you can see, it's a shapely take on Mid-century modern style, which makes it ideal for both contemporary and traditional-style homes. 

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