There are many ways to protect your shelves from scratches and nicks. The best shelf liners will vary depending on the type of shelf you have as well as your personal preferences. Of all the liner materials out there, the most popular options can be broken down into four categories: foam, vinyl, heavy-duty plastic, and fabric. Each material has its pros and cons to consider. To help you in your search, I've put together a breakdown of these common types, as well as a great option for each one. Read on to find the right option to elevate your shelf game.
While the exact material isn't usually stated, this type of liner has a foam-like quality that distinguishes it from other liners. They have a grippy texture, but they don't use adhesive and won't leave any sticky residue on your shelves. This means they're great at holding items in place, like those stashed in a utensil drawer. These liners can usually be trimmed to the dimensions you need, too. Another common trait with this option is an open, weave-like design, which means that while they're breathable, they won't protect shelves from spills or crumbs. They could also be damaging for natural stone or refinished surfaces.