DIY floating shelves are a perfect addition to any room!. They are cheap to build and so heavy duty! A pretty easy build, too! A few boards and some screws. I now have a set in my kitchen and another in my son’s room. Do you have a wall crying for these? I know you do!
The ones in my son’s room are longer. I really love how they turned out!
DIY Floating Shelves Tutorial
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Materials Needed for one shelf
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- (1) 2″ x 2″ x 8′
- (1) 1″ x 4″ x 8′
- (2) 1″ x 6″ x 8′
- Miter Saw (or have your wood cut at the store)
- Pocket Hole Jig
- Wood Glue (use on all seams)
- Pocket Hole Screws
- Wood Screws
- Brad Nailer with 1 1/4″ brad nails
- Stud Finder
- Dark Walnut Wood Stain
- 2×2 cuts
- (3) at 3- 3/4”
- (1) 72”
- 1×4 cuts
- (2) 5 ½” for the sides
- (1) 73 ½” for the front
- 1×6 cuts
- (2) 72” for the top and bottom
Step 1: Build the frame and attach to the wall
Step 2: Build the Shelf Boxes
To build each shelf box for your DIY floating shelves, begin by attaching the 1x4s together as shown. Drill pocket holes and join with 1 ¼” pocket screws and wood glue at the seams.
Then add 1×6’s to the sides
To finish off the box, secure the sides with brad nails. I used my favorite nail gun for this part!
Step 3: Paint the Shelves (before you put them up!)
At this point I highly recommend you paint the boxes. It’s a lot easier to do it before they are attached to the wall. I used this stain for the kitchen shelves and this darker one for the bedroom shelves.
Step 4: Slide the Boxes on
This is the most fun part!!
Step 5: Secure with Screws
To secure them unto the frame, drill wood screws from the bottom of the shelves into the 2×2’s. This will keep them from sliding.
Step 6: Fill them up with all the things!!!
I used to have all of my son’s high school memorabilia on a small bookcase or stuck inside a drawer. Now it is part of his room decor! What do you think?
Have fun building these!!! Don’t forget to grab the free plans
And Pin them so you won’t forget them!