There are all sorts of shelving systems out there but the beauty of building your own floating wall shelves is that they are seamless. Meaning they appear to “float” on the wall with no visible hardware showing above or below the wooden shelf.
Timeless and contemporary, DIY floating solid wood shelves are easy to build and super affordable. They are a great woodworking project for even the most newbie woodworker to attempt! Be ready to display all those decorative accessories with these inspired floating shelf projects.
Easy and Budget-Friendly DIY Floating Shelves
Before any DIY home project, always start by cleaning your space. In this case, clean your walls by wiping them down and removing any dirt, debris, and all those kid-sized fingerprints. This may also be a good opportunity to repaint the wall, which will be so much easier to do before the floating shelves are erected. Once the shelves are up, touch-ups to the wall can be quickly done.
And now let’s build some floating shelves...
DIY Floating Corner Shelves
When your home is lacking in extra storage, or you just need to better organize all the stuff you do have, making the most of an unused corner of a room is a great place to put up some floating shelves.
One thing that makes DIY floating shelves such an affordable item to build is that they are a great excuse to use up any scrap wood you may already have gathering dust in the garage. Floating shelves can be as thin or as thick as your needs dictate so re-purpose and reuse those old boards!
Floating corner shelves can be built in two ways: the boards can be cut at a 45-degree angle to make triangle shaped shelves, or the boards can be cut with a straight edge that sits flush within the corner of the wall.
And that’s exactly what Zac Builds did when he built some fun and funky angled DIY floating shelves for a small, unused corner in his mudroom to hold shoes, gloves, and sunglasses. While the ends of the shelves sat squarely within the corner of the wall, the edges of each shelf were cut at different 30-degree angles using a track saw. (For those that are new to woodworking, a track saw allows you to make straight cuts in wood, even at odd angles.)
Zac cut channels within each board to insert the “cleat”, which is the part of the shelf that attaches directly to the wall. The cleats were cut to fit within these hollow channels. This results in totally hidden hardware that makes the shelf appear to “float” on the wall.