Easy DIY Bracket Shelves

11 Materials
2 Hours

If you're looking for a quick an easy update to any space, these DIY bracket shelves are a great option! I’ve used them in two bathrooms and my laundry room. Make use of your vertical space for storage and decor with this quick naptime project.

Step One: Prep your boards. I chose to use 2x common board cut to length for my space. Common board can have a slight yellow tint to it at times, and can be a little rough. I sanded mine down well with a 120 grit paper followed by a 220 grit paper then applied my stain. I used to coats of the weathered stain, and distressed slightly with 220 grit again after the application. There are so many ways to customize these!

I stained mine with this odor free / low VOC Old Barn Milk Paint stain. It has no smell and dries quickly, but gives you an aged and weather look. Clearly this can has gotten a lot of use, because I just love this stuff!

Step Two: Hang your brackets. If you’ll be placing anything of significant weight on these shelves you’ll want to try and find a stud first. If it lines up correctly, pre dill your holes and secure the bracket to the wall. Because I wanted mine evenly spaced, I wasn’t always able to do this. WallDog self anchoring screws are a breeze. They serve as both an anchor and screw into drywall when you can’t find the stud, and can hold a good amount of weight. Just be sure to not over tighten. TIP: When hanging your second bracket be sure to level from the top or bottom of the actual bracket vs. lining up the screw holes. Not all brackets are created equal, and the screw holes will not always line up evenly.

As you can see. Not all brackets are created equal.

Step three: Place your boards!

Get a cute little helper. It makes the project that much more enjoyable!

Check for level!

These particular brackets also have mounting holes from the bottom if you’d like extra reinforcement.

Step Four: Decorate!! Shown here in my guest bathroom, the shelving can serve as both decoration and storage.

And again here in my laundry room.

That's it! This super simple project makes a big impact in any space for a minimal cost investment. Be sure to check out the blog link for more on this project and other fun DIYs!

Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

15 Kitchen Updates Under $20
13 Essential Repair Tricks That Everyone Needs To Know
31 Creative Garden Features Perfect For Summer
The Easiest Ways to Grow a Bumper Crop of Tomatoes
30 Ways To Use Old Jeans For Brilliant Craft Ideas
30 Unusual & Helpful Gardening Tips You'll Want To Know
30 Essential Hacks For Cleaning Around Your Home
30 Unusual & Helpful Gardening Tips You'll Want To Know
31 Creative Garden Features Perfect For Summer
Gardeners: Copy These 28 Stunning Ways To Display Your Plants
15 Amazing Things You Can Make With Dollar Store Gems
Creative Parents Share These Brilliant Kids' Project Ideas
30 Ways To Use Old Jeans For Brilliant Craft Ideas
Craft Organization Ideas Mom Will Love
15 Fabulous Fire Pits For Your Backyard
Jessica | The Martin Nest

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions

Join the conversation

3 of 13 comments
  • Linda Premo
    on May 6, 2019

    Hey are you the awesome round table lady? These shelves are great because the brackets look like wood jewelry. Love these too. Thanks for sharing❣️

  • Charise.
    on May 13, 2019

    Amazing! I have a million brackets, boards, screws, a drill, a stud finder...everything I need to put up a shelf in almost every inch of wall in my home. The problem: I so afraid to drill a hole in the wall. One of these days, I'll conquer that fear. lol!

Your comment...