These shelving designs can supply eye-catching style along with their dependable practicality. You’ll find models that can slot into rooms and hallways all over your home, adding not only essential storage, but also texture and style. Available in a range of materials, finishes and silhouettes, choose from a selection of open and closed storage units, or designs with the best of both worlds.
WHAT TYPE OF SHELVING UNITS CAN YOU FIND AT HABITAT?
Perfect for smaller spaces, ladder bookcase units are contemporary updates of traditional shelving. They lean at an angle against walls with open shelving and make for versatile and stylish storage. Our designs also attach securely to walls so you don’t need to worry about them slipping.
More space to play with? You could opt for a larger freestanding unit. There are timeless designs as well as more unconventional shelf patterns so you can decide the décor statement you want to make.
Some designs offer open shelving above cupboards to give you the chance to display attractive items while concealing everyday pieces you’d rather hide away. You can even find extensions to original pieces to give you precious extra shelving space that won’t upset your room’s aesthetic. There are also kids’ bookcase and shelving units. These sit close to the floor and have fun designs that will (hopefully) inspire them to tidy up after themselves, instead of leaving their playthings and books on the floor.
WHAT SIZE SHELVING IS BEST FOR YOUR SPACE?
The first step is to carefully measure how much space you have to work with. In smaller rooms, open shelving won’t constrict or dominate more space than they need to; they give an open feel. Narrow leaning bookcases are ideal in this instance. If you have more room, large free standing models with striking shelf layouts can be powerful style statements.
Tall units with numerous tiers take advantage of vertical wall space. They give you more floor to work with in small rooms and in larger homes they’ll emphasise ceiling height. Low slung shelving designs can also double beautifully as a storage spot and an audio and visual unit.
WHAT MATERIALS AND COLOURS ARE AVAILABLE?
A white shelving unit with clean lines will slot perfectly into a minimalist-styled room. Black or white ladder shelving units are also sleek options for contemporary spaces. Wooden designs will add warm tones and if you already have other grains on show in the room they’ll work excellently together to create a rich, eclectic blend.
Why not mix it up? The natural tones of wooden or bamboo frames work superbly with bright white open shelves. Wood and white pair up well in larger freestanding, closed shelf designs too. You can add an industrial twist to the décor by investing in an elegant metal shelving unit. These bring real character (along with storage) into any room.
Which rooms should you consider shelving for?
In short, all of them.will keep you organised, storing all your essentials within arm’s reach. Ladder-style units can be a wonderful time and sanity-saving solution to keep cosmetics organised. They also make for great bedroom shelving ideas, particularly for the limited space you have to work with in box rooms.
Open shelving designs also make for essential kitchen helpers to keep ingredients and utensils off surfaces but still in easy reach. You can choose open shelving and cupboard combos to give you the best of both – keep what you want to see out and hide away what you don’t use (or want to look at) every day.
An eye-catching shelving unit in a living room will enliven the room’s décor. They can give you the chance to combine impressive design and storage with displaying your favourite objects, photos orAnd whether it’s for sentimental items or stashing items away, hallways can also give a home to shelves. Choose tall slender designs to give you more options in your walkways.
HOW CAN YOU STYLE YOUR SHELVES?
If you’re a bookworm building your very own library, you can get creative with your arrangements. Try stacking one shelf of books vertically and the next horizontally. Or mix the positions up within the same shelf. If you want to go all out for some uniformity you can arrange them by colour too for an Instagram-worthy display. Light to dark across a shelf for example.
Other shelf decorating ideas include themes. As well as family and friends, dedicate space to trips away and have framed photos along with mementos you picked up. You can mix textures and combine natural objects with man-made materials. Don’t think you have to fill every space completely though. Sometimes one well-placed object is more impactful than two or three crammed together.
Shelf space also gives you the chance to bring in some plant-based inspiration. See a free spot with natural light? Line up some small cacti or succulents. If your shelves are purely functional and for paperwork or folders, you can always add some life with a few cherished objects and plants to make it instantly less mundane.