DIY Wall Mounted Floating Cabinet

10 Materials
2 Days
Here's a simple and effective way to build a wall mounted floating cabinet!
After we were suddenly gifted a boatload of vinyl record albums, we ended up with a disorganized storage disaster. Well, not to mention Finn's toys....
The first part of this project was assembling ....well wait, the first part of this project was painting the wall. Originally I hand painted a florally scene which Hometalkers loved but I ended up painting over it into stripes which Hometalkers thought was terribly boring.

You can see how I accomplished both by clicking here, where I teach you (even a beginner!) how to do it as well.

Next I assembled shelving for the record albums which you can read about by clicking here.
For the wall mounted stereo parts cabinet, I ordered up some heavy duty solid stainless steel shelf brackets, the key to the floating.

My goal was to align the cabinet with a shelf. Don't forget to subtract the thickness of your top's material when placing the bracket on the wall. After that I located the studs and screwed the brackets in. Of course that made for odd spacing but no big deal.
So the next part of this project was to build the cabinet.

Your project will vary by space available, materials used, and desired outcome but here I used more 5/4 red oak boards. You can use 1-by wood, plywood, pallet wood, near anything.

I had to reverse engineer my design for installation purposes. Here I assembled the top first with three supports and attached them using my pocket hole kit.

I didn't fully enclose the cabinet so air could move freely around the stereo receiver, I didn't need to as the sides wouldn't be seen, and plus, I didn't have enough of this lumber, haha.
After staining and sealing the wood, I set the top on the brackets and screwed them together from below.
Next I attached a door panel (I left it unstained by choice) using a piano hinge. This door panel attached to the bottom of the cabinet to fold out and down. Tip: I had to trim the hinge; I used an angle grinder, easy peasy.
On the underside of the bottom, I measured out where it would meet the top's supports, pilot drilled some holes, then set some screws in the holes. To avoid confusion, see I taped an "L" on the bottom for "left side."
I used some clamps to hold everything in place while I screwed it together from the bottom.
Lastly I drilled some holes with a hole saw and a regular drill bit for cables and speaker wires. The first go at the top didn't work for the speaker wires so I drilled behind the speakers to fish the cables through.
You'll have to swing by the blog to read about the nightmare that happened next.

But. Here we are. It's better than before I suppose. And mounting a floating cabinet to a wall is quite easy, the key is the right brackets to hold the weight.

For more details on this, be sure to swing by my blog Flipping the Flip and also be sure to follow me here on Hometalk!
Tada! heh
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  • Chris semeniuk Chris semeniuk on Jan 25, 2020

    It looks really good but maybe the cord could be painted the wall color ?

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  • Carole Muncy Carole Muncy on Sep 24, 2022

    I read this really hoping you didn't put up a floating cabinet for those albums. That never ends well. Nice job. Back in the day we used cinderblocks and 2x10's. Very functional, but yours looks nicer.