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 cubbies are reminiscent of a general store and have a very authentic feel – but you can make them yourself instead of paying top dollar for antiques.
General Store Cubbies // Ana White
An x-beam bookshelf has a very traditional yet updated feel that’s perfect for a living area.
X-Beam Bookshelf // Ana White
Like the look and feel of West Elm, but can’t seem to shell out the dough? Make this knock-off shelving unit instead.
West Elm Inspired Bookshelf // Better When Built
It might look like this shelving unit cost a ton of cash and came right from the high-end showroom, but that’s all an illusion. It’s actually a very doable DIY.
3-Tier Wall Mount Shelving Unit (from scratch) // Home With Lo
This cabinet unit is amazingly functional with the combination of storage opportunities it provides – open shelving, closed door storage, baskets, and more!
Combination Storage Cabinet Unit // Woodshop Diaries
Cube shelving offers a clean, simple look that’s really versatile and super functional for nearly every room of the house.
6 Cube Shelving Unit // Ana White
Upcycle some old ladders into this eclectic shelving unit.
2 Ladder Shelf // Funky Junk Interiors
Or use old cupboard doors to make a smaller shelving unit for a tight spot.
Cupboard Doors to Bookshelf Upcycle // My Repurposed Life
Here’s a great little shelf that’s perfect for storing lots of small items.
The Bucket Shelf // Jaime Costiglio
And in this unit you get the added advantage of having a larger bin-style area for bigger items.
Bookcase with Toy Storage // Rogue Engineer
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