My sweet floating shelf. I chose redwood because I love the grain and color of the wood.
Alright, let’s talk about some home decor absolute must haves. For me, one of the top 10 must haves are floating shelves. I love them! I don’t know what took me so long to install them, maybe it’s because I’ve been consumed by so many other projects and I knew that installing floating shelves would be easy. So, recently when I was creating a home office, I knew that I needed to have a small floating shelf. I figured this would be a perfect opportunity to share with you how I installed it.
I will say, I think it’s a great idea to have Home Depot cut your wood if you’re not comfortable using a hand saw. I figured since I needed to purchase wood, I’d have them cut mine. It made this project even easier 😉 This is actually the second shelf I’ve installed and will show you the longer one I installed in my kitchen at the end of this DIY.
I know there are many ways to install these floating beauties but I prefer the no hardware being visible method. So, this DIY will show you how I installed the shelf using floating shelf rod brackets. You will not see any hardware and they’re very easy to install too. I think the only challenging part for me was ensuring I drilled the holes on the wood straight without drilling them at an angle. Using a drillblock made drilling a straight hole much easier for me. You don’t need to use one if you’re good at drilling straight holes.
I used self drilling drywall screws to secure my brackets but if at all possible, ensure you drill and secure your brackets into studs. When I know I’m doing small projects that aren’t going to hold heavy items, I use the anchors. I’ve never had problems, yet LOL
Alright, let’s get building!
The first thing I did after purchasing the wood was to obtain measurements. Your measurements will vary depending on your placement and the size of the shelf you decide that you want. I chose a small wall and my measurements were centered between the end of one wall and the beginning of my window.
I then measured the wood so that each end matched up with the measurements on the wall. I then drew a line in the center of my measurements because that’s where I was going to drill the hole for the placement of my brackets. I did this at each end of the wood (shelf).
I placed a drill block directly over the center point at each end of the shelf where I drew the center lines. I then drilled the holes, 1 at each end of the shelf.
The drillblock helps ensure straight holes are made. The holes needed to be 4 inch deep to fit the rods and they were approximately 1/2 inch wide.
I drilled holes at each end of the wall to insert the self drilling drywall anchors before screwing in the rods. They are fasteners designed to provide a strong connection when using screws. I recommend using these if you’re not going directly into a stud. My shelf was small and I knew I wasn’t going to place anything heavy on it so I just used these anchors. I’ve used them before for small projects and they worked well for me. With that being said, if you can, try to secure your rods into a stud for added security.
Ensure you check placement and use a level prior to drilling the second hole so that your shelf is level. I think I will eventually get myself one of those lasers levels. I think they’d be much easier and faster to use.
Both floating shelf brackets, secured and leveled.
The fun and final step is inserting the shelf into the rods/brackets. You literally just slip the rods into the holes in the wood and voila, you have a floating shelf. I chose not to stain the wood because I love the grain and color of red wood. I did however lightly sand the raw edges, wiped the shelf clean and applied mineral oil to condition the wood and I love how it enhances the grain of the wood.
This is the floating shelf in my kitchen, this beauty did get mounted on studs.
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