Look for Less: Étagères

By Kate Riley September 28, 2017

I mentioned in my last post that after refinishing the floors, I wasn’t bringing anything back into my home that I didn’t absolutely love. This has left me with a few bare walls and corners, one of them the five foot wide space of wall between my family room and dining room. I decided an étagère would be the best fit by maximizing the use of vertical space and providing me with more storage.

The étagère is a versatile piece of furniture because it can live just about anywhere: an office, dining room, living room, bedroom. Most tend to be shallow in depth so they don’t push into a room taking up too much space. Étagères are the elegant cousin of the bulkier bookcase with their thinner frames, open backs, and more formal style.

These shelving units store anything from kitchen goods to office supplies to bathroom towels. Styles vary from chinoiserie to industrial. I’m a fan of the golden versions, glamorous, but practical too.


gold + walnut étagère


sally wheat interiors




asymmetrical étagère


studio glid


gold branch étagère


bungalow 5



High end versions like this one and this one cost thousands of dollars, but as always I hunt down more affordable choices so you can get the look for less with these options all under $500.

gold aimee / alize / nickel / zona

dzu walnut / orleans metal / harper / edison


  1. Great round up Kate, thank you!

    I’ve had my eye on an etagere as well. I went with one from Joss & Main that looks to be the same as the 1st one (gold Aimee) but for $100+ less (they call it the Wallace). Score!

  2. I created my own etagere by stacking 3 World Market console tables.
    Check out my IG feed…@Designfreak

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