Our floating live edge shelves are not only beautiful, they also provide functionality to any space, whether they're storing mugs in a restaurant or housing décor to warm up a hotel lobby. With a variety of species to choose from, they're poised to enhance your next design, whatever it may be. These shelves are designed in such a way that they seemingly float. Easy to hang, the hardware is powder coated to match the wood, disappearing to create a clean look.

Custom Floating Live Edge Shelves

Different types of shelves exist in different houses all over the world, and shelves are one type of fixture that most houses can't be without. They help keep things organized and maintained in a single place. Without them, our homes would be more chaotic because of different things littered all over the place. While some shelves could hold various things of different shapes and sizes, some shelves have been designed to hold a specific item, such as bookshelves for books and shelves for CDs and video games.

Even the houses with the most minimalistic design have some shelves to keep hold of certain objects. While there are different types of shelves that could be found and purchased depending on several characteristics such as design and purpose, there are floating live edge shelves that exist on the market. You often find floating shelves in a modern setting as only the wood is revealed and not the hardware. But what are floating shelves, what are they made of, how do they work, and what are they usually used for?

What Are They Made Of and How Do They Work?

In spite of its name, floating live edge shelves do not actually "float." Rather, these shelves are supported by nails or screws that are used to tightly fix these shelves on a wall. Because these shelves are usually installed on a sturdy foundation such as walls, attached to studs, floating shelves are suspended in those foundations and give the illusion of buoyancy. Based on how floating shelves are placed in a home, it could also seem that these fixtures could not last long and therefore fall down if a heavyweight is placed on them. In contrast, they are surprisingly sturdy structures that could take on a lot of weight. There are other types of shelves such as bookshelves which have other parts that support it instead of another foundation such as a wall or even a column.

Wood Statements creates both floating live edge shelving, and floating square edge shelving. The difference is, the live edge shelf will have one side straight (to fit against the wall) and the other edge will meander like the edge of a piece of wood that hasn’t been sawn. This often results in the shelf’s depth being inconsistent too, which means over its entire length it will widen and narrow according to the live edge. Square edge shelves have straight edges on both sides and look rectangular in shape. Its depth is consistent throughout its entire length.

Usually, floating live edge shelves are made of wood although there are some shelves that were created with other materials such as metal, plastic, and veneers especially for the parts of the shelves that support the wood. Numerous types of wood are used to create floating shelves but the most common ones include sycamore, walnut, white oak poplar, and hickory. Wood Statements only makes solid North American hardwood shelves. These types of woods are often known for their sturdiness and durability which allows it to support objects of differing weights and sizes. They can also be finished with a clear catalyzed polyurethane for that smooth feel. The aluminum channel that is used for installation is so sturdy each shelf can hold up to 150 pounds. The shelf is powder-coated to match the woods’ species color.

What Are Floating Shelves Used For?

Just like any other shelves, floating shelves are usually used in residences. In homes, they are used to organize various objects such as books and other objects. Currently, floating shelves are very popular in kitchens to house cups, plates, bottles, bowls and cookbooks. The open shelving is a sought after look in the design world. However, they are also used in various businesses such as restaurants as decorations which add to its ambiance and appeal. Nevertheless, floating shelves are primarily used to organize and keep things in one space for a clutter-free look.

Is it Possible to Make DIY Floating Live Edge Shelves?

Floating shelves of different sizes and designs are usually sold in department stores but they could also be found online. You can find different kinds of floating shelves with online retailers like Amazon and Etsy. Pinterest and Google also show different photos of floating live edge shelves for those who are interested to buy or make them.

Speaking of making, it is also possible to make floating live edge shelves on your own, especially if you have excess wood around your home. But if you don't have any wood with you but you live near an old-growth forest with trees, you could still make your own floating shelves. For this, your timber needs to be long enough to fit your needs and it is best to find and cut the straight section of the tree's trunk or limb with no secondary limbs and a minimum diameter of eight inches. After cutting the wood down, you would need to start planning and crafting the slab so that it would be smooth and presentable enough for the shelf. After the wood has been thoroughly cut and finished, you may now work on installing the wood slab on your wall.


Floating live edge shelves are fixtures that can be used in residences and even businesses to keep your objects organized and add aesthetic appeal to the interior of your home. Whether you wish to purchase floating shelves or make your own with whatever materials you have, they could help decorate your home, office, or restaurant and make it a little more beautiful and orderly.