These narrow floating wall shelves are perfect for decorating a blank wall without spending a lot of money

My wife and I had a huge blank wall above our couch that needed decorating. Our first instinct was to put some paintings in that space, but after hours of browsing online and in stores, we couldn’t find any paintings that we really loved.



Floating Wall Shelves to the Rescue

Then I had the idea to put up some narrow floating shelves where we could put decorative items and plants, forming kind of a living wall. My wife loved the idea!

It turned out that it was actually kind of difficult to find floating shelves that were long and narrow enough. Many are too short and stick out too much.

Finally, I found what I wanted online!  HomeDepot.com had these Lewis Hyman 60 inch by 4.5 inch wide white floating wall shelves for a little less than $60 each. These were perfect – very long and not too wide. the also have a slight lip at the end so that things like books don’t slide off.

On Amazon, they’re only $34.55 each, but unfortunately they were out of stock of the size I wanted in white. But, with that kind of price difference, you might want to wait for new stock to arrive. Check out the InPlace Floating Wall Shelves by Lewis Hyman on Amazon. You’ll need to select your desired length and color.

Installation

The shelves were shipped pretty securely in long boxes with styrofoam padding.

The 60″ long versions are held to the wall by four screws.  The instructions say that at least two must go into studs, while the other two can go into drywall.  The holes are 16″ apart, which matches most homes’ stud spacing. So, you’ll need a stud finder to install these shelves.

Other than that, all you’ll need is a drill and a screwdriver.  Oh, and a level!

After you’ve located a stud, mark the first hole location. The, use the shelf itself as a template to locate the other holes, making sure the screws will engage at least two studs total.

For the other screws, I didn’t use the screw-in drywall anchors they provided because I prefer a different style which requires a smaller-diameter hole and is less likely to pull loose.

Shelves right after installation showing screw heads

The shelves came with some white stickers to cover up the screw heads. Unfortunately, these were scored on the wrong side, so I ended up with round backing pieces instead of round stickers. A minor annoyance, and our items will cover the holes anyway, so I left them off.

The Results

Floating living room shelves create a living wall

Our living room after installation

We were thrilled with how the shelves came out!  We had some plants, but no other decorative items so we just put books and some items from the kitchen there.  Even with those impromptu items, the wall looks fantastic!

Lewis Hyman floating wall shelves

We put random colorful books and bottles on the shelves, in addition to plants

Our goal is to eventually have more of a “living wall” where the plants are hanging down and covering more of the wall.

Narrow floating white shelves

Our living room with the floating shelves

So, for less than $200 and a little bit of elbow grease, we have wall decoration that we love!  We’re planning to change the items on display according to the season… much better than spending hundreds of dollars or more on paintings or photos that we’d eventually get tired of.

What do you think? – Brian

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