Much like home decorations, there’s an art to hanging the right shelving.

You need to understand the needs of each room, from what they store to how they’re laid out to what other kinds of decoration or home furniture they have, and you can’t just go around drilling holes and throwing shelves up without the proper consideration.

Okay...maybe that’s a little dramatic. But you get our point, right? There’s certain shelves that work better in each room of the house, and knowing what goes where can help save you a lot of headache in the long run. Here’s a list of rooms most people have in their house, and what kind of shelves to use!

Living Room: Let’s start here. Living rooms usually don’t need a ton of super-heavy-duty storage, since people tend to keep their living rooms free for displaying collectables, pictures of the kids growing up, favorite books, and so on. Most kinds of wall shelves would work well for this purpose, particularly glass or wood shelves due to their more ‘decorative’ look (and what one you use should really depend on what else you have in your living room so it all matches), and they’re still durable enough to hold all those pictures of your kids meeting Santa over the years. This is also a good opportunity to match your wall shelves to your mantels, if you’re the sort with a fireplace.

Dining Room: Even more so than the living room, shelves in a dining room tend to be purely decorative to display things like fine china or flower vases, leaving the heavy-duty storage to the kitchen (which we’ll get to in a second). Stick strictly to decorative wall shelves that can show off some of your grandma’s favorite plates she left you (you know, the ones the kids wonder why they’re not allowed to eat off of), and try to pair them with shelf brackets that support the overall look your going for, as well as supporting your shelves - get it?

The Kitchen: Now we’re getting to the tough stuff. The kitchen is going to need some pretty sturdy shelves to hold onto all of your pots, pans, dishes, cooking utensils, and so on. This is a good time for wall mounted wire shelving since it can hold heavier loads, resist rust, and you can add wire shelf accessories like hooks to hang onto utensils and pans. Try to avoid smaller, decorative shelving in here, as you’re probably going to need to focus more on storage than decoration - no matter how nice your kitchen’s paint job might be.

Closets: Closets are a little tricky, since most of the time you don’t have a lot of wall space for shelving, and the space you do have can easily get cluttered. Look into specific closet shelving for space concerns, and then try thinking outside the box - if you don’t have enough space on the walls, try some over the door storage instead.

Basement & Garage: Finally, even after all the free-standing racks and toolboxes you probably already have in there, the basement and garage are a good candidate for heavier shelves. Try to use something rust-resistant like chrome wire shelving to prevent damage from the bad conditions (since, let’s face it, most of our basements and garages are pretty cold and musty most of the year), or consider specialized garage shelving that allows you to easily modify and move parts around to accommodate whatever your current storage need is.

That should do it, at least for now! If you have any other good shelving suggestions, or need even more advice, drop a line in the comments!