40 DIY Rustic Wood Shelves You Can Build Yourself


If you like woodworking DIY, then you should take a look at shelf projects. This is an excellent choice if you want to make & sell DIY to others. One of the things to consider is that quite a few people will have custom specifications for the shelves they want. So even if you have some ready made shelves available for sale, consider making yourself available for custom work. Decide on your pricing structure and the projects you would want to work on. Also consider the types of wood that would be best for you to use, both that customers would find appealing and also are within your price range for materials.

Floating shelves are a popular trend. Simply put, these are shelves that don’t have any hardware that shows. This gives the homeowner’s walls a lovely, clean look. Its ideal to show off home decor and any items on the shelves too.

If you’re thinking about doing this project to make and sell, we recommend first trying to make several, to see if this project is for you. Make one or several for your own home – and also do so for friends and family. Offering to make shelves for friends and family will give you the experience of working with a customer, understanding their needs, to see if this is the project you would like to do on a larger scale.

Measurements and accuracy are critical with shelves, as they are with any woodworking project. If you look at shelves you may realize – without looking too intently – that they are spaced evenly apart. They also are the exact same length. This is a DIY project for someone who is good with details and feels confident measuring and being exact at this. We all know what happens if you hang a shelf so it leans – everything is going to spill off it!

We’ve found you 40 great DIY rustic wood shelf projects to try. Happy DIY-ing!


Farmhouse Flair DIY Wood Storage Shelves

Here are classic rustic bookshelves. They will look perfect in your home.

From FoxHollowCottage

Wood Floating Shelves

Here is a classic set of wood floating shelves. They are the perfect addition to any room.

From Etsy.com by JustKnotWood

Rustic Wood Shelves with Iron Piping

These wood shelves are rustic and also eco-friendly. Look at how sturdy they are too.

From Etsy.com by RusticAndRefinedCo

Weathered Floating Shelf

Love the rustic look? Here is a great floating shelf.

From Etsy.com by VetrinaDelVino

Set of 3 Open Kitchen Shelves

Aren’t these perfect for the kitchen? Sturdy wood shelves to hold everything you need at hand.

From Etsy.com by DeliriousbyDesign

Industrial Floating Shelves

Look at these great sturdy shelves. Perfect for growing plants.

From Etsy.com by DeliriousbyDesign

Easy DIY Floating Shelves

These shelves are a unique combination of rustic and contemporary. Perfect especially for a small space where you want to organize items too.

From Shanty-2-Chic

Hanging Wood Floating Shelves

Made from pallets, these are large rustic shelves. Perfect if you like a contemporary look.

From Etsy.com by CoastalBayPalletProj

2 Rustic Wood Shelves

These are beautiful wood shelves. Both rustic and contemporary.

From Etsy.com by RusticPelican

Set of 3 Industrial Floating Shelves

These rustic style shelves are perfect to hold plates and dishes. They are both wide and long.

From Etsy.com by SmokestackStudios 

DIY Floating Shelves with Clavos

These shelves are strong and sturdy. They are the perfect choice for a bedroom or family room.

From Shanty-2-Chic

Modern Style Wood Floating Shelves

Aren’t these beautiful? The perfect addition to any home.

From Etsy.com by GnHWoodCrafters

DIY Floating Rustic Shelf or Mantle

Looking for a project for a big rustic shelf? Here’s the perfect one for you!

From Shanty-2-Chic

Rustic Shelves

These rustic shelves are charming. Made from distressed wood for a great look.

From Etsy.com by RustiqueSigns 

DIY Floating Shelf Plans for the Dining Room

We love these shelves! Store all of your china, easily on shelves on the wall.

From Shanty-2-Chic

Set of 2 Rustic Wood Shelves

Isn’t the hardware on these shelves pretty? Try these shelves in a bedroom or family room.

From Etsy.com by RockinRustic

Reclaimed Wood Shelf

What a beautiful shelf! Made from reclaimed wood, this is a very classic style.

From Etsy.com byDadandDaughter

DIY Floating Rustic Shelves

Don’t these look great in the kitchen? Its easy to see how they could hold everything.

From Blog.JennaSueDesign

DIY Farmhouse Projects Inpired by Joanna Gaines Style

These charming shelves are both dainty and sturdy. We love the hardware.


From ApartmentTherapy, credit to JennaSue 

DIY Rustic Rope Shelves

Love the nautical look? Try these wood shelves with rope accents.

From ApartmentTherapy, credit to Jessie from Perfectly Impolished

DIY Rustic Cube Shelves

Looking for DIY shelves but need a lot of space? Try these cube style shelves.

From ApartmentTherapy

DIY $15 Chunky Wooden Shelves

Looking for a budget friendly option? Try these DIY shelves.

From DesertDomicile

$20 Shelves Anyone Can Build

Like floating wood shelves? Here is a budget friendly option.

From Shanty-2-Chic

Rustic DIY Bathroom Shelving

Looking for extra room in the bathroom? These rustic shelves hold all of your necessities.

From DesignDiningandDiapers

DIY Wood Shelves

Here is a classic set of wood shelves. A perfect beginner’s project too.

From MakingItInTheMitten

DIY Rustic Farmhouse Shelves

Now here is a lovely farmhouse shelf. Its a very classic style anyone would admire.

From Remodelaholic

Easy Rustic Wall Shelves

Here is a great project when you’re looking for large shelves to hold a lot. These rustic shelves also look great!

From Remodelaholic

How to Build Custom Dining Room Shelving

I love this tutorial because this is something that so many want in their homes. Follow this step by step to get great results!

From TheWoodGrainCottage

1 Post = 9 Rustic Elegant Pottery Display Shelves

Here is a unique set of shelves, made from a post. This is very eco-friendly too!

From MyPatchofBlueSky

Rustic Wood Shelves Set of 2

This set of wood shelves is super sturdy. Perfect for your family room or den.

From Etsy.com by Northwestwoodworks16

DIY Palette Shelves for Rustic Baby Nursery

Here is a charming set of old fashioned wood shelves. Perfect for a baby or child’s room, especially if you are homeschooling.

From Alligator

Natural Wood Floating Shelf

Look at how elegant this is! A hanging shelf to hold items in any room in your home.

From Etsy.com by flowersoftheearth

Farmhouse Pantry Makeover

This rustic shelf DIY project shows how you can make use of small spaces. Shelves can let you make the most of them.

From LittleGlassJar

Wood Box Shelves

Want shelves that get a lot of compliments? Here is a set of unique looking shelves.

From Etsy.com by MittenMadeWoodcrafts

DIY Farmhouse Shelves

Rustic wood shelves are very welcoming in your home. Here is a great project for beginners.

From LollyJane

Reclaimed Wood Floating Shelves

If you want rustic to look contemporary, then this is the perfect shelf for you. It also uses reclaimed wood.

From Etsy.com by azdesertwood

Farmhouse Flair DIY Wood Storage Shelf

Here are great shelves, perfect for a home office. They are attractive, sturdy and functional.

From FoxHollowCottage

Rustic Wood Shelves

Love the rustic home decor style? Take a look at this beautiful shelf.

From Etsy.com by countrycornergoods

DIY Industrial Pipe Shelves

Here is a set of rustic shelves that look great. Using industrial pipes, they are also eco-friendly.

From HouseofHawthornes

Square Shelves

Here is a unique style of shelf. This will certainly get a lot of compliments.

From Etsy.com by PurposelyRestored