DIY Foam Board Shelves

I have a love hate relationship with white wire shelving. It’s affordable, readily available, adjustable and pretty nice looking. I should probably just resort to loving it because it’s in every one of our closets. But it can be so difficult to use. Crumbs fall, spills are messy, it’s difficult to clean and many items won’t stand straight on top of them.

Thank goodness the fix is super simple and affordable!

Foam board was my preferred solution since it was thick enough to hold everything and pretty easy to work with. But it created it’s own problems. Spills aren’t easy to wipe up. Plus the white color is a little boring. I wanted some color! Here’s my solution:



Measure your shelves width and depth in the area where the foam shelf board will go.

Next cut the foam board just a tiny bit shorter than your shelf measurements. My shelf measured at 25′ w x 12′ d so I cut the foam board to 24′ w x 11 1/2′ d. Its much easier to make your foam boards a little too small as opposed to a little too big, especially after the next step of covering with wrapping paper or contact paper.

I then cut my contact paper / wrapping the same width as the foam board and one inch longer in depth than the foam board. This is so I could wrap the wrapping paper over the front side edges of the foam board.

If you’re using contact paper, simply place your contact paper onto the foam board (if you struggle with contact paper, take a look at my tutorial). For those using wrapping paper, follow these instructions:

Spray the adhesive spray over the foam board and place your wrapping paper on top. Starting in the middle, smooth the wrapping paper onto the board. I grabbed a long book to help smooth it down (a ruler would have been an easier choice, but I couldn’t find one).

Then spray about an inch in length on the opposite side of the foam bard so that you can wrap that extra 1 inch of wrapping paper around it. Remember that when using the adhesive spray make sure you’re in a well ventilated area.

Now place your foam board shelf cover onto your wire shelf and stock up with all your items.  You can LOVE wire shelving again!

(It was because of these binders that I was inspired to make the foam board shelves. It’s IMPOSSIBLE to store binders on wire shelving without the foam boards!)







  1. January 20, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    I love this fix for these wire shelves! The step by step instruction is great! Not only is this more functional, it makes it super cute too!

    • Lindsay @ Crazy Organized
      February 1, 2017 / 9:51 pm

      Thanks so much Shari!

  2. Angie ~ ambient wares
    January 22, 2017 / 7:45 am

    Yes! My pantry is all wire shelves and it’s very skinny but deep. Kinda awkward really. I’ve lost so many packets of things that end up on the bottom which I then have to clean out the bottom shelf to get to it 😀 Genius idea!! Pinning & sharing

    • Lindsay @ Crazy Organized
      February 1, 2017 / 9:50 pm

      The same thing would happen to me! So frustrating! thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  3. January 24, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    Our home is full of this same shelving and it drives me nuts for the same reasons! We used sheets of plexiglass in our kitchen pantry, but the trouble with that is that the edges are a bit jagged and I’ve scratched and cut myself numerous times. I LOVE this fix idea! Already pinned so I can come back to it the next time I deep-clean my pantry 😉

  4. January 24, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    Great idea this might be a awesome idea for a pantry. Or shelves in a closet as well.
    Great DIY

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