DIY Floating Shelves

Easy DIY floating shelves to fill up those empty walls! These plans were made from the Shanty 2 Chic Plans (as seen on HGTV) To view the entire post/process head on over to my blog!
Pre-drill holes and cut large peices of wood according to photo which is linked in my original post
Screw the (3) 7 3/4 pices to the back 32' piece
Locate wall studs and hang main body of shelves accordingly using 3 1/2' screws
Build the sides and top of your "box" by attaching the 1X10 cut piece with the side 1 X 4 pieces.
Now you have your box!
Stain and let dry. Once fully dry place box on top of your structure.
Place stained bottom plywood to bottom of box and attach with wood glue and finishing nails.

Suggested materials:

  • (1) 1 X 10 X 8' Pine Board
  • (2) 2 X 3 X 8 ' Pine Board
  • (1) 4 X 4 X 1/4' Hardwood Plywood
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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Michele Bonacci Maynard
    on Aug 1, 2016

    What weight capacity does this shelf have?

    • Mike who
      on Aug 2, 2016

      Depends on how you bolt them to the wall, togle bolts and dry wall not to much, large screws to at leass four studs and a few togle bolts to dry wall you have better chance it wont come down

  • Bill maher
    on Aug 1, 2016

    How much weight will it hold?

    • WAYNE
      on Aug 2, 2016

      as a retired joiner i always said i was happy to stand on or hang on ANY SHELF I INSTALLED and at times was called upon to demonstrate that// at the time about 14 stone [now more like 16 stone must have confidence in ones ability and skills

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  • AGMR
    on Jan 18, 2017

    Beautiful! Excellent job!

  • Lisa Sinclair
    on Apr 1, 2017

    This is great! I've been trying to explain to my Hubby, how these get secured to the wall but I was not doing a ery ggod ob. But now I can show him this, and VOILA' he'll get it! Thanks!!!!
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