19 Trendy Small Modular Wall Shelves

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Because of their stunning looks these decorative small wall shelves exceed basic functionality. In essence these stylish shelves are pieces of art, apt to lift a space to a higher atmospheric dimension.

Combine units to spruce up the living room, bathroom, bedroom or kitchen and make sure your belongings are organized in the most eye-pleasing way possible. Whether you need to install speakers or store knick knacks, these fashionable pieces will help you declutter in style.


1. Pelican Shelf

floating wooden shelf

The Pelican Shelf with hidden hooks provides a minimalist, sleek appearance on any wall while drawing the eye instead of breaking up the room.

The light storage space allows you to store those cluttered knick knacks in a way that is comforting and pleasing to the eye while decorating your home for function and storage.


2. Cubist Wall Shelf

floating shelf with built-in wooden box

With a square metal frame and a suspended wooden pot, this free-floating shelf is a great accessory for a modern home. The narrow black shelf is ideal for holding small items like keys, and the wooden pot is great to use as a pen-holder.

The Cubist Wall Shelf is attached to the wall by a bracket, so you can easily slip it off the holder if you want to move it.


3. Cubbi Shelf Set

3-piece square wall shelves

3-piece square wall shelf set

Are you living in a small space and don’t want to clutter up your floor with a gigantic bookshelf? Nexxt Cubbi Shelves by Linea don’t just free up floor space, they hover in mid-air! Nexxt is made up of three wooden frames of varying sizes and mounted easily to your wall.

They’re clean, bright and easy to install. No assembly is needed; they’re ready to go right out of the box! Put whatever knick knacks you want on them to create the appearance of floating shelves. It’s an impressive, space-saving sight.


4. Umbra Strum Wall Shelf

metal wall shelf

metal wall shelf

Turn storage and shelving into art with the Umbra Strum Wall Shelf. Three different orientation options let you mount this glistening metal wall shelf to suit your needs.

Aside from being trendy chic, Umbra can hold up to 10 lbs of whatever items you can fit into it, making it ideal for magazine, office and kitchen storage. Umbra fits anywhere you need it to, whether in a cozy entryway or in any other room in your house.


5. O&K Wall Shelves

oak wall shelves

For a traditional-looking set of Floating Wall Shelves, O&K has these beauties. They come in different colors and include all the hardware you need to install the shelves. Installation takes only minutes!

A firm lip sits at the front of the shelf so you can lean picture frames back without fear of them falling. Each shelf has a super-slim depth of only 3.9 inches.


6. Vitra Corniches

Vitra small wall shelves

There are so many different options for wall shelves that it’s difficult to pick just one! Vitra Corniches are one of my favorites because they’re made from plastic, making them more lightweight (but still sturdy!).

Vitra also looks incredible on your wall thanks to its unique scoop shape. It’s not only a wall shelf – it’s an eye-catching decoration for your walls!


7. 086 Baleno Shelves

small wall shelving

design wall shelving

It’s amazing what curves can do. A simple arch in a wall shelf makes it infinitely more elegant and unique; such is the case with the 086 Baleno Shelves from Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

The shelves can be mounted in a variety of positions, all of which form a work of art on your walls. Each shelf bends like the graceful extended arm of a ballerina, delicately holding your valuables and displaying them for admiring eyes.


8. Diagonal Wall Basket

steel wall basket

steel wall basket

My, this is interesting! First of all, the brand of this Diagonal Wall Basket is called Swedish Ninja; with a name like that, they already have your attention.

Then you’ve got the unique grated design that shows just enough of what’s inside while still concealing the contents like a junk drawer would. It’s a great way to store your keys, hats, and other entryway clutter.


9. Greenco 4 Cube Intersecting Wall Shelves

intersecting square wooden wall shelves

Display shelves don’t have to be enormous to have a big effect on your space. Take the Greenco 4 Cube Wall Shelves, for example. Intersecting squares create a magical effect that makes the shelf look more like a wall sculpture than a shelving unit.

Two LED candles are included with the shelf to add an extra little something to your display. The shelves come in six different colors!


10. Cadovius Butterfly Shelf

Butterfly Shelf

Butterfly wall shelf

With all the grace of the insect they’re named after, the Butterfly Shelf has both a beautiful form and function. Two “wings” come together in the center and create a stunning, sturdy shelf ready to cradle books or other items you place on it.

Its gentle angle and rounded corners make it safe for children’s bedrooms to free up precious floor space while storing toys and bedtime stories out of the way.


11. Hay Pivot Shelf

Pivot Shelf

Hay Pivot shelves

Do you have too many corners in your house and not enough room for shelves? The Pivot Shelf solves this problem with ingenuity and finesse. Its clever design allows you to mount it on inward-facing and outward-facing corners with ease.

You can set just about anything on its sturdy platform. The Pivot Shelf has four different mounting options to optimize its usefulness. You can even mount it on flat walls for a neat visual effect.


12. Love-KANKEI Floating Shelves

open square wall shelves

square wooden wall shelves

As a cat owner, I can appreciate the advantage of floating shelves. Keeping breakable things out of kitty’s reach can be tough, but Love-KANKEI’s Floating Shelves Set makes it easy.

These shelves aren’t just for cat owners though; anyone who wants to store decorative items and save floor space will love their sturdy and simple nature. All in all, you get seven wooden shelves that can hold up to 11 pounds each – what a bargain!


13. 11 Babushka Boxes

Babushka Boxes


The name “Babushka Boxes” in and of itself sounds delightful, but wait until you see how they look hanging on your walls. Eleven sturdy box shelves come in this set and are designed to fit perfectly inside one another, saving you from a large shipping fee and making them easy to pack up should you move.

Packing them close together on the wall gives them a nesting effect. However, you can always arrange them individually according to your taste.


14. Fin Steel Wall Shelf

FIN steel wall shelves

FIN steel wall shelves

Fin painted steel shelf, reminiscent of a fin of a dolphin, is a minimalist shelf design that seems to float on the wall. Fin painted steel modular shelves making innovative design arrangements possible.

More about Fin by German-based designers Neuland Paster & Geldmacher can be found here.


15. Kate & Laurel Floating Wall Shelves

wood and metal wall shelf

Cute and quaint, with just the right touch of modern and minimalist, Kate & Laurel Floating Wall Shelves make a room complete. Each shelf features wood and metal shelves with clear lining for the outer edge of the shelf to keep items from falling out.

Although no screws or hardware are included, the shelves come with pre-drilled holes for easy hanging. Shelves can hold up to seven pounds each, making it perfect for décor or display items.


16. Ghost Steel Shelf

modular steel wall shelf

With a design this slim, you’ll barely even know it’s there. The Ghost Shelf is a paranormal feat of architecture that creates a pocket of shelving on any wall you need it to. There’s nothing overly fancy in this minimalist design; it quietly holds your favorite books or figurines with no complaint.

Several shelves can be bunched together to make a ladder of storage shelves, but the Ghost Shelf is perfectly at home on its own.


17. MEtal Wall Floating Shelves

metal floating wall shelf set

Sleek and refined, the Metal Wall Floating Shelves from J JACKCUBE DESIGN make its debut as a one-of-a-kind modular wall shelves. Thin metal sheets are used instead of bulky bookends pressing down on the shelf supports.

Your books and knick knacks will stay securely on the shelf’s flat surfaces without the need to worry about them sliding off. You don’t have to stop at just two shelves; create an entire trendy small wall shelving system with these multiple metal floating shelves.


18. Gridy Funky Shelf

funky wall shelves

Funky wall shelves

The Gridy Shelf gracefully mimics the common flora seen in deep woods where mushrooms sprout innumerably among the trees. Although the name itself sounds less than appealing, this modern shelving option couldn’t be more beautiful.

Each shelf appears to be growing right out of your wall, hovering in mid-air while holding books, pictures and more on its stable body. Give your home the look and feel of a magic forest with this whimsical shelf.


19. Cappellini Shelves

steel frame wall shelving

steel frame wall shelf

This is the one instance where saying your house looks like a museum is a good thing. Reminiscent of glass cases housing precious objects, the Cappellini Shelves are your very own work of art. The steel frame doesn’t have any glass, but it looks as though you’re peering through the shelf to view its contents.

Even better are the bright colors the shelves’ frames come in: bold blue, riveting red and a creamy butter hue. Showcase anything you like atop these modular wonders.



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