Design*Sponge Black Book: Shelf Brackets

In the world of home decorating, practicality is often overlooked for something, well, decorative. But I love when form and function can come together for something as simple and beautiful as a shelf bracket. I’ve been thinking about them a lot lately as we’ve been adding DIY shelving to our apartment wherever possible. So today’s Black Book entry is all about 15 brackets that are sure to do their jobs – and look good while they do it. xo, grace

*If you want to DIY your own brackets, check out these great geometric concrete brackets you can make and hang yourself!


Click through for all 15 brackets after the jump!

Image above: Chinese Chippendale Bracket $21.29+

Image above: EKBY STILIG $4 (I used these at home and love them!)

Image above: Reata Cast Iron Shelf Bracket $19.95

Image above: Wishbone Bracket $18

Image above: 2 Wall Stirrup Shelf Brackets $80

Image above: EKBY BJÄRNUM $6 (These in the image from The Kitchn are painted gold, which I think looks better than the standard silver they come in)

Image above: Fan Floret Bracket $34

Image above: Basic Brackets $29 by West Elm

Image above: Iron Shelf Bracket $32

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Image above: Solid brass scroll shelf bracket $18.79

Image above: Simple Arch Cast Iron Shelf Bracket $9.95

Image above: Prism Brackets $58 (with shelf)

Image above: Black Iron Shelf Bracket $13

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Image above: Center Circle Bracket $19.29

Image above: Rustic Brass Shelf Bracket (shown in Polished Brass) $32.95

  1. nice! I like the simplicity of the wishbone bracket. and the black iron shelf bracket.

  2. emily says:

    so many great choices that would look great with so many styles. really loving this series.

  3. I never thought about painting the ikea ones! SO buying some in a few weeks and pimpin’ my shelf!

  4. Abbey says:

    This might be one of my favorite posts on DS – I have been wanting bracket shelves and this is great inspiration.

  5. Robert says:

    Small details like shelf brackets can really have a big impact and completely change a simple shelf! Do you think bright colours would work as well? I like when white and bright colours are associated to create a Pop style!

  6. Amanda says:

    Love this post! Thanks for sharing Grace. I was wondering – which shelves did you use with the IKEA brackets? Just gathering ideas for our nursery!! xo

  7. Juanita Hoover says:

    Nice, but not what I am looking for. I need brackets, dowels or something that fits into predrilled holes in the sides of the bookshelves. The ones I have seen are too short. They don’t extend out far enough to hold the shelf. Can anyone help?


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