Arch Shelf DIY

by Meg
13 Materials
2 Hours

How to make a gorgeous custom arch shelf with minimal tools. It’s perfect for an entry way drop zone, a bathroom towel holder, a hat shelf, or even a plant shelf. I have mine in the kitchen to hold charcuterie boards and some knick knacks. Follow me on Instagram for the full videos.

*The price for this was calculated based on how much of the materials I actually used. You won’t use the full piece of plywood so you’ll have a good bit left over for more projects.*

Step 1. Gather materials and tools.

Let’s make this shelf!

Tools needed:

jigsaw or router

sand paper





push pin

nail gun or hammer and nails

Step 2. Draw your arch

Measurements for this shelf are

34” tall

22 inches wide

Draw 2 straight likes spaced 22” apart and 23” long.

Find the center of your shelf. It will be 11” in. Place your push pin in the top center between your 2 straight lines.

measure a piece of string to 11” and attach to pencil and push pin. Pull string taut and connect your lines making an arch.

Step 3. Cut

Using a jigsaw or router, cut your shelf.

Step 4. Sand

Lightly sand to remove any jagged edges.

Step 5. Holes for pegs

Using a 1” spade bit, drill holes about 1/2 in into the plywood.

Step 6. Cut and attach pegs.

Cut your dowel rod into six 4” pegs. Sand the ends smooth. Attach pegs using wood glue and 1.5” screws 4 of the pegs will be along the bottom and 2 will go up top as pictured.

Step 7. Cut and attach shelves

Cut your 1x3 into 2 shelves and sand. The longest will be 22” and your small one will be 11”.

Attach using wood glue and a nail gun or hammer and nails. (My phone died and I wasn’t able to film this part, sorry!)

Step 8. Finish edges

Use iron on edge banding to finish the edges. Once in place, trim excess with a blade.

Step 9. Finish

I left mine natural but you could finish with stain, paint or polyurethane.

Step 10. Hang

I used 4 d rings and hung on screws. This will be a relatively heavy piece so make sure to find a stud or use anchors. That’s it! Enjoy your new modern arch shelf.

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  • Jacquie Trundy Jacquie Trundy on Nov 21, 2020

    How can you open the door with the fridge handle in the way?

  • Jacquie Trundy Jacquie Trundy on Nov 21, 2020

    If the door is to a pantry why not remove the door and put a curtain up, or a corrugated sliding door. If it is the door to the outside how about a sliding barn door?

  • Valerie Piro Valerie Piro on Feb 03, 2021

    Did you make the 3 boards hanging from the bottom pegs? They are so cute. I just wondered if you made them, what the dimensions were or what you used as a pattern. It's a great decorative shelf. Thank you.

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