Stand-alone shelving units are versatile pieces. They offer both form and function to the design in any room – providing much needed storage and display opportunities. Building your own shelving unit is a great way to ensure that it matches the style of your space – be it industrial, farmhouse, modern or anything else. You can also guarantee that it fits all of your specific needs – does it have to be portable? Use casters! Store lots of small toys? Cubbies or buckets! Fit into a tight spot? Get the right dimensions! When it comes to shelving units, you don’t need to buy something from the showroom to get it right. You can make it yourself, and make it totally YOU. Here are just a few examples of DIY shelving units that we love.
20 Incredible DIY Shelving Units
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These incredible wood and metal shelving units were inspired by Restoration Hardware furniture pieces. The building plans and tutorial are very detailed as well.
Industrial Metal Shelves // AKA Design
This super cute wooden rolling unit was based on a vintage metal shelf. The inspiration piece was nice, but the DIY version is even better!
Replica Vintage Shelving Unit on Casters // Jaime Costiglio
This shelf is great for storing lots of different sized items – just as you would in a pantry. Plus, they roll out of the way when needed.
Rolling Metal Pantry Shelves // AKA Design
A rolling bookcase is great with an area that pulls double duty. Keep it out when you’re using the items, roll it out of the way when you need more space , pull it into the next room for easy sharing!
Faux Bois Rolling Bookcase // 4 Men 1 Lady
Slat-wood shelving is popular in many spaces – like closets and basements – but it can add some nordic charm when put in an open area like a playroom or bedroom!
Swedish Style Open Slat Shelving // Ana White
This Scandi-style shelf is simple, clean and just looks plain neat.
Scandinavian-Style Dowel Shelf // Sinnen Rausch
You can create a vintage look with this tutorial for an old-school A-frame ladder shelf.
A-Frame Ladder Shelf // Vintage Revivals
All you need is one board and you can create a chic and modern leaning shelving unit.
One Sheet Plywood Leaning Shelf // Remodelaholic
Or make this leaning ladder wall unit for a more traditional look.
Leaning Ladder Wall Unit // Ana White
Make your own bookcase with adjustable shelves! This unit would be handy for any room with changing needs – like an office or playroom.
Adjustable Shelf Bookcase // Remodelaholic
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Check out these Plywood Shelving Projects, too!