How to Install Open Shelves in a Nook

3 Materials
$25
2 Hours
Easy

Have a nook in your home that would look great with some open shelves? Maybe a spot next to your fireplace, or even inside a closet.

With these easy DIY steps, you can install your own basic open shelves.

I used these steps to install shelves in my laundry room, replacing some really ugly metal shelf brackets. Be sure to check out my original post for more details, and a full materials list: How to Build Basic Wooden Shelves
how to install open shelves in a nook
Install open shelves in any nook in your home. Here's how:
how to install open shelves in a nook
1. Measure your space
Know the length of board you'll need for your shelves. When you go to the hardware store, you can get them to make the cuts for you.

I used two 1" x 10" boards for each shelf.
how to install open shelves in a nook
2. Mark the height of the shelves
Decide where you want the shelf to be and then make a reference mark on the wall.

Be sure to check the clearance for anything that will go on or under your shelves.
how to install open shelves in a nook
3. Install the supports
Install pieces of furring strip aligned with your reference mark. The shelf boards will rest on these supports.

Use a level to make sure everything is straight, and try to screw the boards into the studs.
how to install open shelves in a nook
You will need to install supports on all three walls of your nook.
how to install open shelves in a nook
4. Tie the shelf boards together
If you're using two boards, like I did, to create a deep shelf, you'll want to tie them together.

Use another piece of furring strip on the bottom, and screw it into both shelf boards.
how to install open shelves in a nook
Attach the furring strip across the joint where your two shelf boards meet.
how to install open shelves in a nook
5. Install the shelves, and add trim
Depending on how tight your fit, you may have to tip the shelf boards at an angle to get them into place. They just set on top of the supports you installed.
how to install open shelves in a nook
For a finishing touch, you can tack a strip of decorative molding to the front of the shelf. You can cut this to size at the hardware store, too.
how to install open shelves in a nook
Without those brackets in the way, there is so much more room for storage. Not to mention it looks much better.

Let me know how your shelves turn out!

Resources for this project:

1" x 10" boards (two per shelf)
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Have a question about this project?

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  • Jacki
    on Mar 25, 2019

    I did this with wire shelving

  • Debbie Cumbow
    on Mar 25, 2019

    Instead of screwing furring trips to join the 2 pieces of wood, couldn't you use wood glue between the two pieces then wood glue the furring strip in place if still wanted? I'd imagine as strong as wood glue is once it's dry, you won't need the extra strip.

    Great idea BTW!👍

    • Cathie
      on Mar 25, 2019

      The Flex glue will literally hold anything! I had a TV tray that had the table portion busted off. I glued it back on with Flex glue and my grandson stands on it and it won’t break!

  • Diane
    on Mar 25, 2019

    Can and what can be used for concrete walls

    • 2 girls with 5 dogs
      on Mar 26, 2019

      there is a tool that is called a hammer drill which is specifically for concrete! it works like a dream on brick too! it will make up for the price within the first few projects!(couldn't live without it) hope it helps!

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  • Heje
    on Mar 27, 2019

    Good job on your shelving. It inspires me to do the same in my laundry room.

  • Michael Conner
    on Mar 29, 2019

    I want to try this project ! Nice touch and great instructions! Thanks

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