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DIY Shelf Ideas for Your New Home

March 15, 2021

DIY Shelf Ideas for Your New Home


Owning a new home is a unique and special experience. Not only are you moving into a space that has never been lived in, you also have the unique opportunity to make it completely your own - without anyone else’s influence. By adding personal touches and unique design elements, you can create the ultimate retreat for your family, in just the style you like. 

One of the easiest ways to do this is with unique shelving that is tailor-made for your home - by you! Make the best of every room in the house by adding hard-working shelves that do everything from display art to encourage creativity. Here are a few suggestions:

Box Wood Shelf



Box wood shelves are a perfect, space-saving way to display your family’s favorite mementos. From your most precious photos to accessories that complete a room, box wood shelves can accommodate it all. These shelves are incredibly versatile; as a single shelf it can be placed anywhere in your home, plus it can either be fully wrapped (like a beam), or left hollow to increase the storage factor (like a shadow box). However you choose to customize it, a box wood shelf will take your favorite living space from well-done to wow!


Game Room Shelf


A game room is a space that is highly personal, where collections of game and media memorabilia can become massive! What better way to organize and display your gamer’s prized possessions than with a DIY game room shelf. The most important things to remember in building these are height and open space - you’ll want shelves that can accommodate collections as they grow and make for an impressive display.


Rainbow Shelves


Perfect for young readers, these colorful shelves make any child’s bedroom or playroom a fun and lively place to learn! Involve your child by asking them to sort all their books (and some toys - why not!) by primary color, and let them have fun filling their new rainbow shelves in whimsical new ways. Not only will they feel a sense of pride about “their” DIY project, they will love gazing at the shelves and deciding which reading adventure to go on next.


Floating Wall Shelf


A floating wall shelf is a modern, sleek twist on the traditional bookcase. Forget the bulky, heavy units that cost an arm and a leg and have to be hauled into your home. Versatile floating wall shelves work best where space is at a premium - like a home office, above your child’s desk, or in the kitchen. And by shortening the length of the shelves and staggering their wall placement, they can look equally fantastic as art or plant displays. 


DIY shelves are an easy, inexpensive, and smart way to get more use out of your wall space. With a few tools, clear instructions and a pinch of determination, you can personalize your new home to make your family treasures stand out! Get more DIY design inspiration in The HistoryMaker DIY Gallery.


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