A wall end shelf is an alternative to using an end cabinet to finish a cabinetry run. What sets this fixture apart is that it is entirely made of the same hardwood used for the rest of the cabinets, rather than incorporating manufactured wood like plywood for the internal box. To maintain the illusion of the entire cabinetry set being made of hardwood, veneers or solid wood must be used in end pieces. Similar to a cabinetry box, a wall end shelf is built as a complete unit and can be installed in the same manner as any cabinet.

It is important to note that a wall end shelf is not interchangeable with end shelves, which can be attached to a wall end cabinet after the cabinetry run is installed. When deciding between a wall end shelf and end shelving, it is essential to consider their weight capacities. A wall end shelf can support more weight than end shelving.