If, like me, you’re a huge fan of picture rail shelves (I’ve used them repeatedly over the years, like here and here and here), but are hesitant to drill permanent holes in your wall, you’re going to love this Idea to Steal. It offers a super creative away to display your treasures.

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This is literally an Ikea hack. Rather than drill into your wall, you can create your own leaning picture rail display. Simply screw some picture rails into a run of black marble patterned Ikea countertops and you’ve got a flexible, moveable display case.

Books, art, magazines and odds and ends suddenly become an eye catching focal point – especially if you style everything in a monochromatic color palette. And I’m always a sucker for black (case in point, my new dining room). You can use this leaning display to create a still life in just about any space – a living room, bedroom, office. Even a hallway. And the best part? You can change the look whenever the mood strikes.

I smell a spring project coming on! What do you think? Are you into this idea?


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design by Pella Hedeby for IKEA | Photo by Karl Anderson

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  1. gorgeous! simple, clean and elegant way to display. Love this.

  2. I am completely into this idea! I have been looking for some kind of storage system for my bathroom and it looks like I’ve found it. Thanks!!!

  3. Ummmm, legit all kinds of obsessed with this idea! So inventive and unexpected. Thanks for sharing!