Living Room Shelving Units

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A great option if you’re always losing everyday items or are sick of constant clutter, a living room shelving unit will solve all of your issues. They are especially helpful for smaller spaces due to their multi-purpose use. Just because they count as storage, it doesn’t mean they can’t look good, and the ones we’ve chosen below are fashionable and functional in one.

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Geometric Shelves for Living Room
Shoreham 61.02" H x 19.68" W x 11.81" D Shelving Unit
Shoreham 61.02" H x 19.68" W x 11.81" D Shelving Unit
Shoreham 61.02" H x 19.68" W x 11.81" D Shelving Unit
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Shoreham 61.02" H x 19.68" W x 11.81" D Shelving Unit
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Shoreham 61.02" H x 19.68" W x 11.81" D Shelving Unit
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Geometric Shelves for Living Room

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Unique and very cool, this geometric shelving unit will elevate your living room to the next level. You can choose from a rustic brown, black, or white frame, but whatever you choose the steel base will keep things sturdy.

$92.94 $205.9

Designer Advice:

Curved inwards to create an interesting and abstract shape, this unit would be perfect for adding vitality to your room, and the floating half-shelves give you a major opportunity for organization. Add some plants to the very top shelves to recreate a stunning country-style paradise. 

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Corner Shelf Unit
Ruckersville 63'' H x 12.2'' W Iron Corner Bookcase
Ruckersville 63'' H x 12.2'' W Iron Corner Bookcase
Ruckersville 63'' H x 12.2'' W Iron Corner Bookcase
O"Hare 62.99" H x 12.2" W x 12.2" D Corner Shelving Unit
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O"Hare 62.99" H x 12.2" W x 12.2" D Corner Shelving Unit
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Corner Shelf Unit

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If you are struggling with where to potentially place your shelf unit, this unit will solve all of your problems. Designed especially to slot into that pesky abandoned corner, it features five wood shelves and a metal frame.

$99.99 $109.98

Designer Advice:

This unit has a charming rustic look and is available in white or vintage brown. It would fit in seamlessly with a farmhouse or country-style living room with distressed wood furniture. Stick to classic farmhouse colors like cream for a cozy look.

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Wide Shelving Unit

Wide Shelving Unit

Measuring seventy-eight inches tall and seventy-five inches wide, this shelving unit is for those who wish to make a grand statement. Crafted from solid and manufactured wood, it has an open cube-style design with floating shelves.

Designer Advice:

Pick from traditional color choices and finishes like brown or chestnut, or go for more modern gray. Whichever you choose, this unit would look amazing in a room with taupe walls and a rug with a subtle pattern to really bring out the natural wood grain it has. 

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Solid Wood Living Room Shelving Unit

Solid Wood Living Room Shelving Unit

With an unusual curved design and a frame made entirely of solid wood, this living room shelving unit has five shelves with a weight capacity of 22lbs each.

Designer Advice:

The rich mid-brown color of this unit would pair really well with distinguished darker colors such as navy blue or burgundy – achieve this look with cushions on your sofa, a feature wall, or a decorative vase placed on your unit shelves.

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Cube Shelving Unit
44.75" H x 30.25" W x 14.5" D 6 Cube Shelving Unit
44.75" H x 30.25" W x 14.5" D 6 Cube Shelving Unit
44.75" H x 30.25" W x 14.5" D 6 Cube Shelving Unit
44.75" H x 30.25" W x 14.5" D 6 Cube Shelving Unit
44.75" H x 30.25" W x 14.5" D 6 Cube Shelving Unit

Cube Shelving Unit

Rebrilliant

Another understated shelving unit, this one is made up of six separate cubes, meaning it would be a good choice if you like to put items into sections. With an openwork wire frame so you can see everything, it comes in black, silver, and white.

Designer Advice:

We think this unit would work best in a modern living room due to its simple and uncluttered vibe. Go for silver or white if you want it to blend in to the background, or choose the black option if you want your living room to have a little bit of an edge. 

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Narrow Living Room Shelves and Cabinet
Eleia 54.8" H x 13.39" W x 11.22" D Shelving Unit
Eleia 54.8" H x 13.39" W x 11.22" D Shelving Unit
Eleia 54.8" H x 13.39" W x 11.22" D Shelving Unit
Eleia 54.8" H x 13.39" W x 11.22" D Shelving Unit
Eleia 54.8" H x 13.39" W x 11.22" D Shelving Unit

Narrow Living Room Shelves and Cabinet

Red Barrel Studio®

Narrowly sized at just over thirteen inches wide, this shelving unit has four deep-set shelves that will easily fit books or plants. Crafted from wood, it is a natural espresso color and has a clean openwork design for an understated look.

Designer Advice:

Due to the darker wood color, we recommend contrasting these living room shelves with lighter colors for a welcoming vibe. Warm neutrals like cream, taupe, or even off-white will complement the espresso finish perfectly, or you could opt for gray if you want something that is more cool-toned and contemporary. 

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Steel Living Room Shelves
Pershore 61" H x 21" W x 13.8" D 5-Layer Wire Shelving Unit
Pershore 61" H x 21" W x 13.8" D 5-Layer Wire Shelving Unit
Pershore 61" H x 21" W x 13.8" D 5-Layer Wire Shelving Unit
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Pershore 61" H x 21" W x 13.8" D 5-Layer Wire Shelving Unit
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Pershore 61" H x 21" W x 13.8" D 5-Layer Wire Shelving Unit
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Steel Living Room Shelves

WFX Utility™

Made from high-durability steel with a thin wire design, these living room shelves can store books, games, CDs and much more. Measuring sixty-one inches high, they are available in gray, white, or black.

Designer Advice:

The minimalistic look of these shelves means they will blend in easily no matter your décor style – they would look good against brighter feature walls, wallpaper, or you could pair them with classic neutrals to achieve a calm and minimalist look. 

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Living Room Shelf Unit for Small Spaces
Akron Slim Space Saving Shelving Unit
Akron Slim Space Saving Shelving Unit
Akron Slim Space Saving Shelving Unit
Akron Slim Space Saving Shelving Unit
Akron Slim Space Saving Shelving Unit

Living Room Shelf Unit for Small Spaces

Rebrilliant

The smallest on this list, this living room shelf unit only has two shelves. However, they will hold a lot due to the wide spaces. Moreover, the shelves are adjustable so you can slot them depending on what you want to store.

$36.11

Designer Advice:

Depending on the amount of floor space you have, you could even place this shelving unit on top of a cabinet or underneath a coffee table. Featuring white shelves and a manufactured walnut brown wood exterior, its simple and up-to-date design would look lovely with neutral colors.

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Shelving for Living Room on Wheels
4 Tier Slim Storage Cart Narrow Shelving Unit Organizer Slide Out Storage Rolling Utility Cart Tower Rack For Kitchen Bathroom Laundry Narrow Places,White
4 Tier Slim Storage Cart Narrow Shelving Unit Organizer Slide Out Storage Rolling Utility Cart Tower Rack For Kitchen Bathroom Laundry Narrow Places,White
4 Tier Slim Storage Cart Narrow Shelving Unit Organizer Slide Out Storage Rolling Utility Cart Tower Rack For Kitchen Bathroom Laundry Narrow Places,White
4 Tier Slim Storage Cart Narrow Shelving Unit Organizer Slide Out Storage Rolling Utility Cart Tower Rack For Kitchen Bathroom Laundry Narrow Places,White
4 Tier Slim Storage Cart Narrow Shelving Unit Organizer Slide Out Storage Rolling Utility Cart Tower Rack For Kitchen Bathroom Laundry Narrow Places,White

Shelving for Living Room on Wheels

Rebrilliant

Available in bright white, this shelving for your living room is innovative and fresh. Standing on wheels, it is portable and easy to maneuver around, ideal if you change up your living room often.

Designer Advice:

Measuring just under sixteen inches wide, this shelving is another option if you don’t have much space to work with. While the matte white shelves and metal frame look chic and stylish, bear in mind that they will get dirty earlier, so this unit might not be the best choice if you have pets or children. 

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Adjustable Bamboo Living Room Shelf
Britlyn Shelving Rack
Britlyn Shelving Rack
Britlyn Shelving Rack
Britlyn Shelving Rack

Adjustable Bamboo Living Room Shelf

Rebrilliant

Cool and contemporary, this set of three living room shelves can be adjusted to your preference. Made from 100% bamboo with rounded corners for safety, it has an overall weight capacity of 30lbs, meaning it’s best for smaller items.

Designer Advice:

The light brown color and stripped-back industrial look of this unit would look lovely on a wooden floor, and the differing height of the shelves means you can order items in order of importance – i.e. keys on the top and books on the bottom. 

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Living Room Shelving Units

Buying Guide

The best materials for large shelving units are wood or metal. Which you choose depends on what you will be placing on the shelves, how often you will be moving the shelving unit, and your interior decor.

Large living room shelving units allow for storing or showcasing more items. They can also hold more weight than smaller units. For this reason, you want a solidly built shelving unit made of solid wood, steel, or a combination of the two.

Wood shelves are stylish and durable. Certain types of wood are more rigid, limiting the sag that can occur when additional weight is added. Look for shelving units made of hickory, oak, maple, cedar, and other strong hardwoods.

You can also go with a straight metal shelving unit if it blends in better with your room’s decor. Choose powder-coated steel or galvanized aluminum; these materials are not only strong but also corrosion-resistant to prevent rust.

If you think you’ll be moving your shelving unit frequently, consider a lighter material such as plywood and composite woods, such as MDF, or opt for a model with lockable casters on the base. If you plan to use your shelving unit for lightweight items, you can also go with plastic or glass.

A living room shelving unit should be relatively small to allow as much space for movement as possible, so each one is typically no larger than 12” x 48” x 72”. This is big enough to allow room for books, DVDs, toys, decorations, and other essentials in your living room.

You can also use multiple smaller shelving units to create the same amount of total storage capacity. Using various tiny shelves may be more aesthetically pleasing if you have a small living room, as a single long shelf can overwhelm the space. Try low and wide shelves around the edges of the room, especially if you have low ceilings.

Living room shelving units can hold various decorative and functional items, from photos to vases to digital media players; however, you need to check the unit’s weight capacity to ensure you don’t overload the shelf.

A freestanding or full-length anchored living room shelving unit can hold a larger quantity and more diverse range of items, making them ideal for placing either side of your TV to create an entertainment center.

Stack books, DVDs, and gaming discs on the lower shelves, digital players toward the center, and lighter items, such as small house plants or keepsakes toward the top. This ensures that the items’ combined weight is distributed evenly along the unit and reduces the risk of toppling.

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Art deco bookshelf

Add geometry to create visual interest on an otherwise blank wall when organizing your books and collectibles: arched art deco bookcase with asymmetric shelves hits the point of funky contemporary furnishing.

Living room shelf unit

Shelving units that are suitable for effective organization of small living rooms. These wooden shelves finished in neutral color look nice in any interior design. They are suitable for books, decorations and other items.

Room divider shelving unit

Practical and minimalist living room shelving unit designed to offer an array of compartments for all your collectibles. The piece offers a strong metal frame, finished in industrial black, an array of wooden shelves, and incredible crown molding at the top as well.

Living room shelving unit

Entertainment center with a lot of cabinets and open shelves for storing needed items. Construction is made of wood. Ideal for storing books, TV components or display decorations.

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Wall shelving units for living room

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Alexandria 3-Tier Shelf

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Room divider shelf unit

Make your own shelving unit with some help from a couple of wood boards and ensure that your place is bursting with style and originality, while also adding a splash of color and storing your books neatly.

Painted room divider

The luxurious combination of details, a slim coffee table, modern corner floating chairs and an impressive sofa make this unique and ultra modern living room a delight. Beautiful details, perfectly blend in the interior bring a cozy atmosphere.

Living room shelving unit

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A perfect example of a clean, minimalistic contemporary living room design. The smooth, wooden shelves are a great replacement for a chunky entertainment unit, and the beautiful leather sofa gives an excellent contrast to the dark back wall.

Living room shelving unit

This amazing, eclectic construction is a geometrical shelving unit, which serves here the role of a room divider. A very solid, wrought iron construction, which delights with its light, modern shape.

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Living room shelving

A stunning shelving unit with media storage. It features bottom cabinets and open shelves at the top. The central part is a special place for your plasma TV set. A pure white color and subtle lighting fixture create an elegant look.

Living room shelving units

Separate the living room from entry way by this lovely shelving unit. Smart solution for one-room apartments to create an impression of privacy for your guests. You can also use it for storage by putting there decorative boxes.

Natural wood floating shelves

A floating unit for indoor use, that hangs on powder-coated metal fastenings. It is consisted of 4 thick shelves with intricate edges, made of sturdy hardwood in a natural finish; excellent for displaying your beautiful knick-knacks.

Glass shelf unit living room

Built in bookcase is perfect solution for big, spacious living rooms to use the wall space. In white color, with a lot of shelves will help you keeping order. There is a space for a wide screen TV too.

Sitting room shelving units

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Wall shelving units for living room

Modern multi-functional wall unit built-in wall. It is made of blanched wood. It has few drawers, cabinets and two bookcase. It will be perfect to your bedroom or gabinet, because you can use it as a desk and to storage items.

Organize It All Organize It All Ebonized 97215W-1 5 Tier Square Shelf

Slender square shelf made of metal with black powder finish. Allows to organize everything within minutes. Five shelves accommodate books, magazines and other items. Tubular steel construction meets sturdiness requirements.

Living room shelving unit

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Why we love whiteness? Because it is simple, always elegant and doesn't overwhelm the interior - in the form of ikea white bookcase. This simple living room shelving unit has a lot of shelves, white cabinets with black handles and a polished finish.