Pros and Cons of Wooden Floating Shelves

Floating shelves come in many different types of material. The main material that we are looking at today is wood. Wooden floating shelves have a number of positive and negative traits that might make them worth your while.

No one type of floating shelf is the best in all situations. It is important that you know what makes each type good and what makes them not so good in certain situations.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of wooden floating shelves, shall we?


#1 – Wooden Floating Shelves are Strong

Assuming you get your wooden floating shelf made by a professional using good wood, they are very strong. Many desks and supporting furniture pieces are made from wood because of this. Wooden floating shelves are the same. The wood is unlikely to give way, even under quite a lot of strain.


#2 – Wooden Floating Shelves Last for a Long Time

Most wood used for these shelves will last for even hundreds of years. That should be long enough for you, shouldn’t it?

Most treated wood will last for an incredibly long period of time. Of course, you will need to spend some effort on its upkeep, but this will still keep you from needing to replace your shelf any time soon, if ever.


#3 – Wooden Floating Shelves can be More Easily Restored

In the event that your wooden floating shelf gets damaged, whether through water damage, spillage, or some other form, it isn’t too difficult to restore it. The wood can be re-treated in order to hide or completely remove any blemish.

Obviously, you should try to avoid needing to do this and it may be a little costly to do so. However, the resulting task isn’t overly difficult to accomplish.


#4 – Wooden Floating Shelves have a Pleasantly Natural Aesthetic

There’s something to be said for a natural-looking shelf. The shine and aesthetic of wood works well with so many different kinds of furniture. Wooden floating shelves are one of these. Other types, such as metal or plastic shelves, simply don’t have the same allure that wood does.

The natural freshness of the wood is also likely to improve the feeling of those in the room. It seems to connect you with nature in much the same way as spending time in a forest does.



#1 – Wooden Floating Shelves Take on Water Damage Easily

The smallest of water spills on your wooden floating shelf could cause major damage. Dampness of any kind will reduce the quality of your wood. If you notice any water damage, you will need to get the wood treated as quickly as possible. If left unchecked, the damage could spread and cause your shelf to fall apart.

Keeping a dehumidifier in the room with your shelf will decrease the odds of your wooden floating shelf getting any water damage.


#2 – Wooden Floating Shelves are Easily Damaged by Ultra-Violet Rays of Light

It is also highly possible for your wooden floating shelf to be damaged by UV rays. These rays heat up the wood and cause knots over time. This damage is much more difficult to reverse than most.

In the same way that your skin can break out in a rash from too much sunlight, so too can your shelf change color due to this sunlight. If this does occur, certain wood craftsmen who are highly skilled will be able to restore your wood to its original color.

A well-treated wooden shelf will last quite well against the sun’s rays. However, you should still try to avoid leaving it in direct sunlight as often as possible.


#3 – Wooden Floating Shelves are Vulnerable to Sharp Objects

As sturdy as wood may be, sharp objects are always a risk. Anything from a pencil to a kitchen knife has the risk of leaving a mark or dent in the wood.

Obviously, the easiest way to avoid this is by keeping sharp objects far away from your wooden shelf. However, if your shelf does end up with a mark in it from a knife or something, the easiest way to fix it is by sanding down the area. You may not be able to completely remove the mark, depending on how deep the object went. However, sanding it down will still reduce the appearance of the mark.

Damage from a sharp object may also remove the finishing layer on the outside of your shelf. The wood underneath your treated finishing is generally not as attractive. This can also be easily repaired by hiring someone to redo the finishing on your wooden floating shelf. Make sure to check your warranty to see if you can get this done free of charge, if possible.


#4 – Wooden Floating Shelves are Higher Maintenance than Most Other Types of Shelves

While wooden floating shelves are stronger and last longer than most others, they will also require more maintenance than others. The chances of your wood requiring repairs, re-sanding, or some other form of maintenance is much higher than others.

The number of times you will need to hire someone to treat your wooden floating shelf is much higher than that of a metal shelf. So, the question really is whether you prefer to have a more aesthetic, natural shelf that requires extra maintenance, or a simpler shelf that won’t last as long but requires less maintenance.


Is Wood the Material for You?

Based on what you’ve learned, do you think that a wooden floating shelf would be ideal for your home? Are you confident that the pros and cons that we’ve laid out are worth it in your eyes?

If you’re still not entirely sure, you can always go have a look at different types of shelves and figure out which ones suit you best. Happy shelf-hunting!