Shallow shelves

If you are the type of person who gets bored of their surroundings relatively quickly, shallow shelves could be for you; they allow you to display the pictures or objects that you love the most with the flexibility to change them with no effort at all. Also, if hanging pictures always seem far too much to cope with, shallow shelves are very easy to put up and don’t involve all the intricacies of hanging a piece of art.  This type of shelf is also a great storage solution without eating up precious living space.  Take a look at some examples to get inspiration:

Shallow shelves

Photographs on a stairwell. So much easier than hanging every single photograph on a difficult to reach area.

A simple, yet effective row of three prints. The shelf has been painted black to make this a feature and tie in with the rest of this gorgeous mid-century feel hallway.

Styled shelves look good in this monochrome work space.

Above a desk and used for a number of different objects: Pictures, signs, mirrors, prints etc. The over-lapping creates a modern, eclectic look.

Wow. This scares me a bit! Far too neat and tidy but I like the idea of storing small objects that you need on a regular basis on this type of shelf.

I like the idea of using this type of shelf to display work you have done with the ability to change it as you move on to different pieces of work. Could help with the creative process.

A very easy way of displaying plates and if you ever need to use one there is no hassle in taking it down and replacing it later.

If you ever wondered where to put all the random prints, pictures, framed photos (we have quite a few stuck under a bed) these shelves allow you to put everything together to create a point of interest.

Use shallow shelves with a lip to display books in a child’s room.

A real feature in this bathroom. Not sure I’d volunteer to dust this room…

Use for magazines and books, not just pictures.

Love the way these pieces of art are grouped together, but with the flexibility to move them around when you get bored.

Shallow shelves

A space to display toys in a child’s room.

This is the usually wasted space behind a door. Very clever.

This shallow shelf has been used to store cotton reels.

Are you inspired? If anyone has tried this please post a link in the comments section.  Have a good week x



  1. hpretty
    24th February 2013 / 6:56 pm

    really love the look but would have to be really high with kids about!

  2. Amy
    24th February 2013 / 7:38 pm

    Definitely need to try this with herbs and spices so that they’re not all hidden behind each other and aren’t intrusive on kitchen workspace. Consider me inspired!

    • katy
      24th February 2013 / 7:59 pm

      Good idea! Send me a pic when you’ve done it.

  3. Alice
    24th February 2013 / 10:23 pm

    I love the shallow shelves, would work perfectly in my spare room. Where do you buy them though? (is that a stupid question… are they sold everywhere?!)

    • katy
      25th February 2013 / 8:52 pm

      It’s not so much a case of buying them as making them, I’m afraid. Might have to do another post to show you how! x

    • Nana
      22nd November 2014 / 6:08 am

      Ikea sells them.

  4. kris
    25th February 2013 / 12:33 pm

    What wonderful ideas! I love the shelves behind the bathroom – excellent use!

  5. 28th October 2015 / 12:04 pm

    Ajoutai-je à mon rayonnage en construisant un cadre 3 × 2 et boulonnage le cadre à la Chassis- il ya des trous pré faites dans le cadre pour la fixation des trucs

  6. 25th January 2016 / 11:28 am

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