Home Improvement: The Floating Shelf Saga


So if you follow my blog with any regularity you know that I am painting my kitchen cabinets and giving my kitchen an overall face lift, see posts here and here.

And included in that face lift is a wall of three long floating shelves to hold glasses, cereal bowls etc.

I had decided on the shelves above from overstock.com because they were the right size. but I kept holding out for a good sale or coupon code.

But the sale never came and I refuse to pay $140 for three pieces of MDF with a bracket on the back.

So I kept searching. My original plan was to use the LACK FLOATING SHELVES from IKEA, but the sizes were all wrong and the shelves cannot be cut down.

And then Target came through for me with a new line of floating shelves call Big Boy Shelf.

Not only are they almost half the price of the overstock shelves, but they hold A LOT more weight than the IKEA lack shelves which is important because I will be storing glasses on them.

floating shelf 1

But after virtually putting three shelves in my cart the shipping costs went sky high.

floating shelves

Thankfully my sister came through with her Target Red CARD (which I am now going to get because it proved to me that it was worth it) and I saved all the shipping costs plus a 5% discount.


My original total would have been $140.99, but I ended up only paying $68.95.

The moral of the story is it pays to keep looking and to NOT impulse shop especially when buying for home improvement projects.

Planning ahead and really getting a good idea of the options, brands and quality of the products will save you headaches in the long run.

And it also proves the power of internet shopping. All this looking around online and playing with coupon codes to get the price down took about one hour over the course of three weeks.

If I had gone to all 10 stores I looked at online it would have taken me several days and lots of precious free time!

What do you think? Are you an internet shopping pro or do you prefer the brick and mortar option?

Happy Thursday!