Like all furniture, wall-mounted storage is available in a range of materials with different strengths and weaknesses.
Wire is an excellent choice for lightweight racks and shelving. Most wire racks have low weight limits, but wire shelving can support as much as wood if the wire is heavy-gauge and properly installed into the wall. Wire shelving makes an excellent choice for commercial or industrial spaces that need inexpensive and easy-to-clean storage.
DVD racks can be made with plastic-coated wire that attaches easily to walls. Try black wire shelving in a modern living room with light gray or blue walls and dark furniture. White racks can work with light tan or gray walls if the furniture is also white.
Manufactured wood (MDF) is wood that has been glued together to create a strong and durable product. It makes an excellent material for shelves because it has a high weight limit and can be cut and shaped in a wide variety of ways.
Manufactured wood is available in a variety of colors and even comes in faux wood finishes. It's the most common material for residential and office wall-mounted storage. Try black or mahogany manufactured wood shelves to match furniture in a modern office, or oak shelves or cabinets in a child's playroom.
Solid wood is uncommon for wall-mounted storage because it is too heavy for most floating shelf applications. However, it can be used for small units or floor-length units. Try solid wood in master bedrooms that use solid wood for the rest of the furniture.
Metal sheeting is common for commercial applications, especially for medicine cabinets or anything else that needs to be lockable. Thin stainless steel or aluminum can be used for classroom, office, or laboratory storage.