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Rustic French Wooden Shelves on Wheels
Located in High Point, NC
This antique rack of wooden shelves with cast iron wheels was made in France. The pull-out box shelves feature slatted bases and recall the racks used in large kitchens to store vege...
Category

Early 20th Century French Rustic Shelves

Materials

Metal

  • Rustic French Wooden Shelves on Wheels
  • Rustic French Wooden Shelves on Wheels
  • Rustic French Wooden Shelves on Wheels
  • Rustic French Wooden Shelves on Wheels
H 66.9 in. W 43.7 in. D 29.9 in.
Samir II Luxury Bookshelf, Interlocking Metal Structure, Wooden Shelves
Located in Milano, IT
Modular bookshelf with closed modular compartments in different options of wood. Tubular laser-cut interlocking structure in metal, light brass satin finish.
Category

2010s Italian Shelves

Materials

Metal

Samir I Luxury Bookeshelf, Interlocking Metal Structure and Wooden Shelves
Located in Milano, IT
Modular bookshelf with infinite options for different compositions. Tubular laser-cut interlocking structure in metal, light brass satin finish.
Category

2010s Italian Shelves

Materials

Metal

DeCastelli Talea 115 Bookshelf in Copper with 4 Wooden Shelves by LucidiPevere
By Lucidi Pevere, DeCastelli
Located in New York, NY
Thin perpendicular supports fall from the ceiling to be anchored to the wall in delicate curves. Like climbing vines, they create a new kind of suspended architecture. Each branch be...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Copper

DeCastelli Talea 185 Bookshelf in Copper with 4 Wooden Shelves by LucidiPevere
By Lucidi Pevere, DeCastelli
Located in New York, NY
Thin perpendicular supports fall from the ceiling to be anchored to the wall in delicate curves. Like climbing vines, they create a new kind of suspended architecture. Each branch be...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Shelves

Materials

Copper

1930's Painted Wooden 5 Shelves Cart Or Bread Rack
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
American 1930s white painted wooden rolling storage rack with 5 shelves This Industrial mobile rack is very charming, especially with it's vintage painted finish.  
Category

Early 20th Century North American Industrial Shelves

Materials

Iron

Pair of Wooden Gilded Shelves, Neapolitan Manufacture, 18th Century
Located in Roma, IT
Pairof wooden shelves is an elegant pair of shelves in carved and gilded wood. Finely decorated at the top with a scroll pattern. Naples, 18th century. Good conditions. This artwor...
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Antique 18th Century Italian Shelves

Materials

Wood

Modular Wall Unit System in Brass and Black Lacquered Wooden Storage Shelves
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Modular wall unit system in brass and black lacquered wooden storage shelves composed of 3 black lacquered wooden shelves, a wall-mounted and patina brass structure. Practical, modul...
Category

20th Century European Baroque Shelves

Materials

Brass

Modular Wall Unit System in Brass and Black Lacquered Wooden Storage Shelves
Located in Tourcoing, FR
Modular wall unit system in brass and black lacquered wooden storage shelves composed of 6 black lacquered wooden shelves, a wall-mounted and patina brass structure. Practical, modul...
Category

20th Century European Shelves

Materials

Brass

1940s Vintage Wooden Ladder Shelf
Located in High Point, NC
A vintage ladder from France, circa 1940. Originally used for fruit picking, this ladder is reinforced with durable iron hardware, enhancing and strengthening the rustic wooden const...
Category

Vintage 1940s French French Provincial Shelves

Materials

Iron

  • 1940s Vintage Wooden Ladder Shelf
  • 1940s Vintage Wooden Ladder Shelf
  • 1940s Vintage Wooden Ladder Shelf
  • 1940s Vintage Wooden Ladder Shelf
H 66.1 in. W 49.6 in. D 18.5 in.
Solid Wooden Cube, Walnut
By Fort Makers
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Carved lines wooden cube, walnut Noah James Spencer's Wooden Cubes are minimalist sculptures. Made in plain or carved patterned wood, they easily stand alone in a room, yet in multi...
Category

2010s American American Craftsman Shelves

Materials

Walnut

  • Solid Wooden Cube, Walnut
  • Solid Wooden Cube, Walnut
  • Solid Wooden Cube, Walnut
  • Solid Wooden Cube, Walnut
H 15.5 in. W 15.5 in. D 15.5 in.
Rare Flamboyant Wooden Bookshelf.
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Nice wooden bookshelf. Probably from the netherlands. 150 cm * 123 cm * 34 cm
Category

Vintage 1950s Shelves

Materials

Wood

  • Rare Flamboyant Wooden Bookshelf.
  • Rare Flamboyant Wooden Bookshelf.
  • Rare Flamboyant Wooden Bookshelf.
  • Rare Flamboyant Wooden Bookshelf.
H 59.06 in. W 48.43 in. D 13.39 in.
1960s Danish Wooden Wall Shelf
Located in High Point, NC
This wooden wall shelf was made in Denmark, circa 1960. With its simple, rectangular silhouette and smooth, polished wood, it offers the warmth and functionality of Danish modern des...
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Teak

  • 1960s Danish Wooden Wall Shelf
  • 1960s Danish Wooden Wall Shelf
  • 1960s Danish Wooden Wall Shelf
  • 1960s Danish Wooden Wall Shelf
H 10.4 in. W 87.2 in. D 11.8 in.
Carved Lines Wooden Cube, Walnut Diagonals
By Fort Makers
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Carved lines wooden cube, walnut Noah James Spencer's wooden cubes are Minimalist sculptures. Made in plain or carved patterned wood, they easily stand alone in a room, yet in multi...
Category

2010s American American Craftsman Shelves

Materials

Walnut

  • Carved Lines Wooden Cube, Walnut Diagonals
  • Carved Lines Wooden Cube, Walnut Diagonals
  • Carved Lines Wooden Cube, Walnut Diagonals
  • Carved Lines Wooden Cube, Walnut Diagonals
H 15.5 in. W 15.5 in. D 15.5 in.
Vintage Wooden Shelf, Denmark, circa 1950
Located in Napa, CA
Vintage oak shelf with five tapering shelf tiers, Denmark, circa 1950. Depth of each shelf ranges to 27 inches. Comes with a set of metal casters.     
Category

Vintage 1950s Danish Shelves

Materials

Oak

Vintage Tom's Peanuts Wooden Display Stand
Located in Pasadena, TX
A vintage wooden stand used to display Tom's peanuts. Six shelves with an ebonized base. Nice wear and patina.
Category

Vintage 1940s American Shelves

Materials

Wood

  • Vintage Tom's Peanuts Wooden Display Stand
  • Vintage Tom's Peanuts Wooden Display Stand
  • Vintage Tom's Peanuts Wooden Display Stand
  • Vintage Tom's Peanuts Wooden Display Stand
H 56.5 in. W 32 in. D 20.5 in.
Banz Bord wooden Floating Wall System, 1970s
By Banz bord
Located in Den Haag, NL
5 piece floating wall system from German floating furniture specialists Banz Bord. trademark invisible steel wall mounts. Germany 1970s good condition. Complete with all the hardware...
Category

Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Shelves

Materials

Brass

  • Banz Bord wooden Floating Wall System, 1970s
  • Banz Bord wooden Floating Wall System, 1970s
  • Banz Bord wooden Floating Wall System, 1970s
  • Banz Bord wooden Floating Wall System, 1970s
H 15.75 in. W 39.38 in. D 10.24 in.
Mid-Century Wooden Wall Unit, Italy, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-century wooden wall unit - Italy, 1960s.
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Shelves

Materials

Wood

  • Mid-Century Wooden Wall Unit, Italy, 1960s
  • Mid-Century Wooden Wall Unit, Italy, 1960s
  • Mid-Century Wooden Wall Unit, Italy, 1960s
  • Mid-Century Wooden Wall Unit, Italy, 1960s
H 114.18 in. W 68.12 in. D 16.15 in.
S. Pinna Wooden Wall Piece Italian Mid Century
Located in Antwerp, BE
S. Pinna; Wooden; Wall Piece; Art Piece; Italian; Mid Century; Craftmanship Hand-crafted wooden wall piece. The carefully crafted details create depth and hold a historical value.  
Category

Vintage 1950s European Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Glass, Wood

  • S. Pinna Wooden Wall Piece Italian Mid Century
  • S. Pinna Wooden Wall Piece Italian Mid Century
  • S. Pinna Wooden Wall Piece Italian Mid Century
  • S. Pinna Wooden Wall Piece Italian Mid Century
H 16.54 in. W 102.37 in. D 10.24 in.
Mid-Century Wooden Wall Unit, Italy 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-century wooden wall unit - Italy 1960s.
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Shelves

Materials

Wood

  • Mid-Century Wooden Wall Unit, Italy 1960s
  • Mid-Century Wooden Wall Unit, Italy 1960s
  • Mid-Century Wooden Wall Unit, Italy 1960s
  • Mid-Century Wooden Wall Unit, Italy 1960s
H 74.41 in. W 23.63 in. D 16.54 in.
Italian 1940s Wooden Architectural Drawings Wall Holder
Located in Milan, IT
Italian 1940s wooden architectural drawings wall holder.
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Vintage 1940s Italian Art Deco Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Carved Lines Wooden Cube, Walnut Quad Plaid
By Fort Makers
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Carved lines wooden cube, walnut quad plaid Noah James Spencer's Wooden Cubes are minimalist sculptures. Made in plain or carved patterned wood, they easily stand alone in a room, y...
Category

2010s American American Craftsman Shelves

Materials

Walnut

  • Carved Lines Wooden Cube, Walnut Quad Plaid
  • Carved Lines Wooden Cube, Walnut Quad Plaid
  • Carved Lines Wooden Cube, Walnut Quad Plaid
  • Carved Lines Wooden Cube, Walnut Quad Plaid
H 15.5 in. W 15.5 in. D 15.5 in.
19th Century French Wooden Display Shelf
Located in Atlanta, GA
19th century French wooden display shelf.
Category

Antique 19th Century French Shelves

Materials

Wood

  • 19th Century French Wooden Display Shelf
  • 19th Century French Wooden Display Shelf
  • 19th Century French Wooden Display Shelf
  • 19th Century French Wooden Display Shelf
H 47.5 in. W 84 in. D 20 in.
American 1930s Wooden Bread Rack Or Cart
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Industrial 5-tier wooden rolling storage rack on iron wheels.
Category

Vintage 1940s American Industrial Shelves

Materials

Iron

Antique Victorian Solid Oak Slatted Wooden Shelf
Located in Cowthorpe, North Yorkshire
Antique Victorian solid oak slatted wooden shelf.
Category

Antique 1880s French High Victorian Shelves

Materials

Oak

Mid-Century Wooden Drawers Wall Unit, Italy, 1960s
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-century wooden drawers wall unit - Italy 1960s.
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Shelves

Materials

Wood

  • Mid-Century Wooden Drawers Wall Unit, Italy, 1960s
  • Mid-Century Wooden Drawers Wall Unit, Italy, 1960s
  • Mid-Century Wooden Drawers Wall Unit, Italy, 1960s
  • Mid-Century Wooden Drawers Wall Unit, Italy, 1960s
H 87.41 in. W 33.08 in. D 16.54 in.
Hand Carved Wooden Bracket of a Hand Holding Shelf
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A very special wall shelf bracket - arm to hand, holding a round shelf with bracket. The hand carved piece is uniquely vintage and in good condition, with some wood discoloration but...
Category

Antique 19th Century Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Turn of the Century Chinese Wooden Wall Decoration
Located in High Point, NC
A wooden wall decoration from China, circa 1900, in the shape of a grid: an abstract geometry, reminiscent of a gate or trellis. The wood has an organic finish and a light gradation,...
Category

Antique Early 1900s Chinese Rustic Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Mid-Century Modern Teak and Brass Wooden Shelf
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
Dimensions: 24" Wide 4.75" Deep 6.25" Tall.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Metal

Chinese Contemporary Wooden Bookcase with Four Open Squares
Located in Yonkers, NY
A contemporary Chinese bookcase from the late 20th century, with four open rectangular shelves. Born in China during the late years of the 20th century, this Chinese étagère features...
Category

20th Century Chinese Shelves

Materials

Wood

19th Century French Carved Wooden Plate Rack
Located in Atlanta, GA
19th century French carved wooden plate rack.
Category

Antique 19th Century French Shelves

Materials

Wood

  • 19th Century French Carved Wooden Plate Rack
  • 19th Century French Carved Wooden Plate Rack
  • 19th Century French Carved Wooden Plate Rack
  • 19th Century French Carved Wooden Plate Rack
H 69.5 in. W 24 in. D 3.75 in.
Early 20th Century Wooden Shelf Unit Industrial
Located in Vosselaar, BE
A large early 20th century Italian softwood shelf unit. Probably from a Industrial background this shelf storage unit is artisanally constructed with well patined mountain softwood.
Category

Early 20th Century Italian Shelves

Materials

Softwood

  • Early 20th Century Wooden Shelf Unit Industrial
  • Early 20th Century Wooden Shelf Unit Industrial
  • Early 20th Century Wooden Shelf Unit Industrial
  • Early 20th Century Wooden Shelf Unit Industrial
H 75.99 in. W 39.38 in. D 18.12 in.
Italian Polychrome Wooden Wall Bracket with Carved Cherub Angel
Located in Barntrup, DE
An adorable and colorful wooden wall bracket or shelf with an angel figure. Beautifully decorated with flowers and leaves. Italy, the 1950s. Dimensions: height 40 cm / 15.74 in; wid...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Rococo Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Ginza Wooden Robot by Umeda Masanori for Memphis Milano Collection
By Memphis Milano, Masanori Umeda
Located in Pregnana Milanese, IT
Ginza wooden robot with plastic laminate, shelves & drawers by Masanori Umeda for Memphis Milano collection Additional information: Wooden robot with plastic laminate, shelves an...
Category

2010s Shelves

Materials

Plastic

Victorian Wooden Shelve with Polychromic Painted Birds, circa 1920
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A great Victorian wooden shelve with detailed carvings depicting stylized foliage, fruits, flowers and birds. Hand carved and polychromic painted in Germany, circa 1920. Very good or...
Category

Early 20th Century German Black Forest Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Wall Unit of Two Wooden Modules and Black Metal Structure
Located in Madrid, ES
Scandinavian modernist wall unit, circa 1960s. Composed of two wooden modules and black lacquered metal structure. One module with a shelf and six drawers, other with drop door, inte...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Metal

Antique Hand Carved Black Forest Wooden Wall Shelf, Circa 1880
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique hand carved black forest wooden wall shelf, circa 1880.
Category

Antique 1880s Shelves

Materials

Walnut

19th Century English Two Piece Wooden Cupboard w/ Bronze Handles
Located in Malaga, ES
19th century English two piece wooden cupboard with six drawer and two doors with bronze handles.  
Category

Antique 1890s Shelves

Materials

Wood

Stylish Antique Eastern Style Wooden Wall Hanging Cabinet with Intricate Details
Located in Lisse, NL
Very rare and excellent condition, This all-handcrafted cabinet with a stunning decor of foliate carving and inlaid, Eastern style motifs is completely original and can be used for...
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Antique Late 19th Century Spanish Spanish Colonial Shelves and Wall Cabi...

Materials

Glass, Wood

American 1930s Wooden Shelf, Cart or Bread Rack on Industrial Iron Wheels
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
American 1930s wooden shelf, cart or bread rack on industrial iron wheel American 1930s wooden rolling storage rack with 5 shelves.  
Category

Early 20th Century North American Industrial Shelves

Materials

Iron

American 1930s Wooden Shelf, Cart or Bread Rack on Industrial Iron Wheels
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
American 1930s wooden rolling storage rack with 5 shelves Marked "Neverax" and "Rack".
Category

Early 20th Century North American Industrial Shelves

Materials

Iron

2 Pairs of Neo-Classical Style Carved Greek Key and Acantus Leaf Design Wooden
Located in New York, NY
2 Pairs of Neo-Classical-style carved wooden wall shelves with demilune tops, with a notch-carved lip over a carved Greek key top border and decorative acanthus leaves. (PRICED PER P...
Category

20th Century Neoclassical Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Adjustable French Wooden Dumb Waiter/Pedestal Stand from the Late 19th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
Adjustable French wooden dumb waiter/pedestal stand from the late 19th century. This stand from circa 1880 is a French example of a piece of furniture that developed in England in th...
Category

Antique Late 19th Century French Shelves

Materials

Wood

Arts and Crafts Solid Oak and Hand-Crafted Wooden Rack with Hat Rack & Mirror
Located in Lisse, NL
Top-quality Arts & Crafts coat rack, early 1900 This rare coat rack is entirely original and if you are looking for a top quality and highly practical one to grace your hallway / en...
Category

Early 20th Century Dutch Arts and Crafts Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Mirror, Hardwood, Oak

Pair of Columns with Three Wooden Shelves, 1930
Located in Milano, IT
Pair of columns with three wooden shelves, 1930.
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Desks and Writing Tables

Japanese Old Simple Shelves / Wooden Thin Shelves / Exhibition Shelves
Located in Sammushi, JP
We have an aesthetic sense peculiar to Japanese people. And we introduce the unique items that only we can do, the route of purchasing in Japan, the experience value so far, and the ...
Category

Early 20th Century Japanese Showa Furniture

Materials

Cedar

Japanese Traditional Design Exhibition Stand / Japanese Old Wooden Shelves
Located in Sammushi, JP
It is a shelf made of very beautiful traditional Japanese decoration and wood. The wood is paulownia and ebony. Paulownia is a material often used for tansu. It's a soft tree, but...
Category

20th Century Japanese Showa Furniture

Materials

Other

Wooden Credenza with Six Shelves
Located in Maastricht, NL
A Mid-Century Modern credenza with six shelves. It has a birch veneer body, old formica on top and stands on white lacquered metal hairpin legs.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Metal

  • Wooden Credenza with Six Shelves
  • Wooden Credenza with Six Shelves
  • Wooden Credenza with Six Shelves
  • Wooden Credenza with Six Shelves
H 27.56 in. W 47.25 in. D 15.75 in.
Vintage Varnished Iron Étagère with Wooden Shelves Covered in Formica, Italy
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
1960s. This shelving unit is made from varnished iron with brass feet caps and wooden shelves that are covered in Formica. It may show slight traces of use since it's vintage, but it...
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Minimalist Bookcases

Materials

Brass, Iron

Antique Salvaged Carved Wooden Architectural Wall Brackets, Corbels or Shelves
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This matched pair of antique hand-carved walnut wall brackets were salvaged from an early Victorian house in Montreal, Canada. The brackets are unsigned, but presumed to have origina...
Category

Antique Mid-19th Century Canadian Early Victorian Architectural Elements

Materials

Walnut

Space Age Painted Wooden Side Table with two Shelves, 1960s
Located in Budapest, HU
It has a smoked glass top, white metal side. This is all in very good condition for its age with only some minor wear. The paint is chipped in some places.
Category

Vintage 1960s European Space Age Side Tables

Materials

Metal

Storage Cupboard One by Campagna, Contemporary Wooden Cabinet with Shelves
By Campagna
Located in Portland, OR
Storage cupboard one by Campagna. Shown in walnut and maple. Drawing influence from Shaker cabinetry and Japanese woodworking, this solid wood storage cabinet is minimal in form,...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Cabinets

Materials

Wood, Walnut

Italian Lacquered and Gilt Wooden Corner Shelves, 20th Century
Located in Vicoforte, Piedmont
Italian corner shelves of the 20th century. Furniture in lacquered and golden wood with silver decorations. Corner shelves created with antique elements and modern special constructi...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Corner Cupboards

Materials

Wood

Antique 18th Century Wooden Niche with Shelves from England
Located in Houston, TX
This early 18th century painted wooden niche was reclaimed from a village house outside of London. It is rounded making it easy to build into a space. It can also stand alone. It has...
Category

Antique 18th Century English Architectural Elements

Custom Made, Wooden Bookshelf with Sliding Shelves, Handcrafted in Germany, 2018
By Linu Enache, GMD Berlin
Located in Berlin, DE
Customised bookshelf in handcrafted wood with sliding shelves. The Minimalist contemporary look make it versatile for different tipe interiors and style combinations. The bookshelf c...
Category

2010s German Minimalist Bookcases

Materials

Wood

Pair of Midcentury Wooden Nightstands with Two Shelves, Italy 1940s-1950s
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
They are made in mahogany pomelè and feature brass details. They may show slight traces of use since they're vintage, but they have been completely restored, therefore they can be c...
Category

Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

Materials

Brass

Gio Ponti Wooden and Crystal Coffee Table with Two Shelves from 1950s
By Gio Ponti
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Wooden coffee table with two shelves and crystal top designed by Gio Ponti in 1950s.    
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Crystal

Gothic Wooden Wall Console
Located in High Point, NC
This wooden wall console from turn of the century Belgium has a striking Gothic design, featuring a decorative crenellated apron and peaked, buttress-style struts. Made of oak and re...
Category

Antique Early 1900s Belgian Gothic Revival Shelves

Materials

Oak

  • Gothic Wooden Wall Console
  • Gothic Wooden Wall Console
  • Gothic Wooden Wall Console
  • Gothic Wooden Wall Console
H 10.6 in. W 19.7 in. D 10.2 in.
Gothic-Style English Wooden Wall Shelf with Hooks, circa 1890
Located in Houston, TX
Antique English hand-carved wooden wall shelf/ peg rail, circa 1890. Features decorative cut-out brackets on the sides and pointed arches along the base of the shelf with five hooks ...
Category

Antique 1890s English Gothic Shelves and Wall Cabinets

Materials

Wood

Vintage Wooden Shelves
Located in Saint-Ouen (PARIS), FR
Set of 3 wooden shelves in black lacquered wood. Italy, 1980s 6 pieces available. Price for 3.
Category

Vintage 1980s Shelves

Materials

Wood

  • Vintage Wooden Shelves
  • Vintage Wooden Shelves
  • Vintage Wooden Shelves
  • Vintage Wooden Shelves
H 160 in. W 50 in. D 30 in.
  • 1

Wooden Shelves For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of wooden shelves for sale on 1stDibs. The range of distinct wooden shelves — often made from wood, metal and iron — can elevate any home. There are 82 antique and vintage wooden shelves for sale at 1stDibs, while we also have 10 modern editions to choose from as well. Wooden shelves have long been popular, with older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. Mid-Century Modern, Industrial and Modern wooden shelves are consistently popular styles. Wooden shelves have been a part of the life’s work for many furniture makers, but those produced by DeCastelli, Lucidi Pevere and Wilhelm Renz are consistently popular.

How Much are Wooden Shelves?

Wooden shelves can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price at 1stDibs is $1,800, while the lowest priced sells for $188 and the highest can go for as much as $15,944.

Finding the Right Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets for You

Of all the antique and vintage case pieces and storage cabinets that have become popular in modern interiors over the years, dressers, credenzas and cabinets have long been home staples, perfect for routine storage or protection of personal items. 

In the mid-19th century, cabinetmakers would mimic styles originating in the Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI eras for their dressers, bookshelves and other structures, and, later, simpler, streamlined wood designs allowed these “case pieces” or “case goods” — any furnishing that is unupholstered and has some semblance of a storage component — to blend into the background of any interior. 

Mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts will cite the tall modular wall units crafted in teak and other sought-after woods of the era by the likes of George Nelson and Finn Juhl. For these highly customizable furnishings, designers of the day delivered an alternative to big, heavy bookcases by considering the use of space — and, in particular, walls — in new and innovative ways. Mid-century modern credenzas, which, long and low, evolved from tables that were built as early as the 14th century in Italy, typically have no legs or very short legs and have grown in popularity as an alluring storage option over time. 

Although the name immediately invokes images of clothing, dressers were initially created in Europe for a much different purpose. This furnishing was initially a flat-surfaced, low-profile side table equipped with a few drawers — a common fixture used to dress and prepare meats in English kitchens throughout the Tudor period. The drawers served as perfect utensil storage. It wasn’t until the design made its way to North America that it became enlarged and equipped with enough space to hold clothing and cosmetics. The very history of storage case pieces is a testament to their versatility and well-earned place in any room. 

In the spirit of positioning your case goods center stage, decluttering can now be design-minded. A contemporary case piece with open shelving and painted wood details can prove functional as a storage unit as easily as it can a room divider. Whether you’re seeking a playful sideboard made of colored glass and metals, an antique Italian hand-carved storage cabinet or a glass-door vitrine to store and show off your collectibles, there are options for you on 1stDibs.

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