Unusual DIY Shelves

There are so many things that can be repurposed as shelves for your walls. I’ve located various unusual DIY shelves I want to show you.
I bet you could even head out to your garage or basement and find something that would work. 
Let’s see how these clever people did it…
An old soda box turned storage shelf gives a touch of nostalgia to your wall.
A hanging antique basket holds linens.
I love the repurposed cheese box shelf!
Ladders aren’t just for climbing. You can turn them into narrow shelves for books.

You can even recycle drawers into shelves.


Vintage suitcases cut down to size can be given new life. They can become shelves.


A shutter can make a great little shelf for a narrow space.


Here’s an old tool box this time turned on its side and used for storage.


Game boards turned shelves. This would look great in a child’s room.

This makes me want to go digging through my stuff!



  1. Great collection of ideas. I love the ladder in the corner and on both walls. How creative. Now I want one for Christmas!
    I love the tool box too. Fabulous ideas. Thanks for sharing. Hope your Sunday is blesssed.

  2. All of these ideas are clever.. I especially like the more "prim" style ones with the tool boxes. Love the big oval basket hung on the wall.

  3. I love all the shelves you featured Brenda, hopefully some day I'll be able to do some creative decorating again. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Teresa @magazineyourhome

  4. I love every idea here, Brenda! Wish I had all those colorful suitcases to make a wall of shelves, but would I really have the nerve to cut them up? Probably not….

  5. I like the good old Coca-Cola crate best. I love the charming mix of plants and containers in colors that go well with the color of the crate wthout being too matchy-matchy. I'm going to share the gameboard idea with my daughter. I think she'd like to do something like that in her new apartment. Thanks.

  6. I love the ladders for bookshelves..the Coke case..the tool boxes…the game boards are such fun and so easy..I love the look of the old suitcases but I wouldn't have the heart to cut mine up like that even though it looks so cool..OK…I officially think I just love them all..lol..

  7. The gameboard shelves are so cute.

    My favorite are the tool boxes. Ingenious IMO. I'll have to be on the lookout for one now.

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