13 Pretty But Hardworking Home Office Shelving Ideas

An organized yet beautiful home office is key to productivity, and storage shelves are an easy way to keep everything within easy reach without cluttering up your workspace. Creating a good shelving system will not only provide valuable storage and keep the space clutter-free, but it’s also a great way to add a decorative element. Adding small accessories will make your desk more personal and create a comfortable working environment.


Create desk shelves with office supplies, layered artwork, textured baskets, and books for visual interest and a personal touch. Whether you have enough space for floor-to-ceiling shelving or want to install custom built-ins, this collection of office shelving ideas will inspire you to make your space both functional and beautiful.


Werner Straube


1. Built-in attic shelves

An attic home office doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice storage space. Here, built-in shelves provide both open and closed storage and hold baskets of office supplies as well as decorative items. The warm white color used on the walls and upholstered furniture keeps the room bright and open for an inviting feel. The wooden desk brings a natural element that ties into the floors. Its position allows you to sit on both sides to maximize space.


Kimberly Gavin


2. Ladder desk shelves

Ladder-shaped wall shelves provide plenty of floor-to-ceiling storage space and help draw the eye upward. If you’re working with a small square footage, take advantage of vertical space and install low-profile shelving. To give the shelves a uniform look, use a limited color palette, like the white bins, boxes, and magazine racks on these desk shelves.


Brian McWeeney


3. Integrated office area

Use an empty corner in a hallway or next to a fireplace to create a cozy built-in workspace. Install simple floating shelves to provide storage space and a work surface, and add a cute chair for a pop of color and a comfortable place to sit while catching up on your emails. Install a recessed light above the workstation or use a small desk lamp to keep the area well lit.


Brian McWeeney


4. Cubic office shelves

Office shelves aren’t just for storage. It is also an invitation to be creative. The cubic bookcases in this home office are filled with elements incorporating various colors, shapes, and textures, creating a lived-in feel. Use stacks of books, textured baskets and pottery collections to add interest to your shelves. For added dimension, layer framed photos, drawings and other artwork on shelves instead of hanging them on walls.




John Merkel


5. Rustic Floating Wooden Shelves

Several varieties of wood give this desk a warm and rustic vibe. Mounting chunky barn wood shelves to a wood plank wall creates the look of built-ins and lends charm and character to the space. This desk is also an example of what you can do when there is no room for shelves or cabinets: use the vertical space above your desk instead! If you live in the city but prefer to work in a cabin in the mountains, this setup will transport you instantly.


Kritsada Panitchgul


6. Wardrobe desk

Use a spare closet to form a “cloffice”. To hide office supplies, install a sliding barn door so you can easily close the door when the workday is over. Paint the desk, floating shelves and trim the same color for continuity. The blue paint color used on this closet desk contrasts with the warmth of a rattan chair, woven baskets and a wooden door. Thoughtful details like leather drawer pulls and a brass sconce elevate this little nook.


Michel Partenio


7. Kitchen workstation

This kitchen workstation takes advantage of vertical space while providing a writing surface, storage shelves, and a place to display a family calendar and cork board. Get creative when designing a fitted kitchen by incorporating shelving for books and magazines, small drawers for office supplies, and a work surface large enough for a laptop. Don’t forget to add multiple outlets so there’s a place to plug in your laptop. To keep a kitchen desk from cluttering, use a small bench that can slide under the desk and cover it with a fun fabric.


Annie Schlechter


8. Two-Tone Home Office

A bold paint job in a two-tone wall treatment makes a striking statement in this neutral home office. Steel gray on the lower half grounds the desk while glossy white visually brightens the upper shelves. Wooden floors and chairs warm up the cool color palette.


Heather Anne Thomas


9. DIY Office Bookcase Makeover

Sometimes more is more. If you’re looking for a home office DIY project to give a basic bookcase a more personalized look, take inspiration from this bright and colorful piece. Cut an arch shape out of thin plywood, paint it the same color as the shelf, and attach it to the top of an inexpensive shelf. Paint the back of the bookcase a contrasting color for added depth and attach an sconce at the top for a total makeover.


ryan ford


10. Sleek Built-in Shelves with Picture Lighting

Clean lines and sleek picture lights give these built-in shelves a timeless elegance that sets the tone for any room. Rustic wooden beams and a chunky wooden table juxtapose the bookshelves while maintaining the classic, modern vibe of the space. To keep open shelving from looking too cluttered, stick to a few types of items, such as the horizontal and vertical stacks of books and simple accessories seen here, and a limited color palette.


Kritsada Panitchgul


11. Industrial Style Floating Shelves

Bright colors, fun wallpaper, and industrial-style floating shelves turn this old closet into a playful work space. A simple shelf forms a desk, and a green metal chair adds a whimsical splash of color. It fits easily under the desk when it’s time to close the blue barn doors. Floating shelves provide just enough space for colorful storage boxes and are flanked by vintage-style sconces for another decorative accent.


Jay Wilde


12. Office Storage Cubes

Office shelving doesn’t have to come in the form of a bookcase or cabinet. Get creative and use wall storage cubes to instantly transform any nook or empty wall into a home office. Use different sizes of cubes to form a unique pattern and add more interest to the space. A sleek floating desk sits below the shelves for a cohesive look.


Adam Albright


13. Floating Desk Shelves

If you have a small office, install floating shelves above it to store items that might otherwise clutter your desk. This small but mighty nook proves that even a small space can double as a desk. The leather baskets provide concealed storage and the shelves double as a place to display artwork. Below, a white wall features an inspiration board.