DIY Corner Shelves

7 Materials
4 Hours

I’ve always wanted open shelving in my kitchen but I dont have a ton of space to work with. So I’m setting out to make my own corner shelves from scratch!


Its helpful to tape off your space to get a visual of what your finished product will look like and the measurements you want it to be.

Cut your wood

I’m using 1x2 pieces of wood and cutting with my miter saw. You can also have your local home improvement store make your cuts if you don't have a saw.

Miter your corners

For the cleanest corner to corner look you will want to miter (cut) the ends of the long side of your triangle at 45 degrees. It took me awhile to figure out the right angles and math!

Check your frame

You should end up with a perfect right triangle!

Attach the frame to your wall

Using drywall anchors (or hitting your studs) attach 2/3 of your frame pieces to the wall. Don't add the front piece yet!

Cut your “insides”

For the inside of the shelf I’m using a sheet of 3/4 of MDF. You can also use plywood. I traced the insides of my frame for the most accurate fit and cut out the shape with my jigsaw.

Add pocket holes

Using a pocket hole jig I drilled pocket holes into the underside of my triangles so that I would have a way to attach them to the frame.


Attach the inside of your shelves to the frame using the pocket holes and then finally add the front/facial board. I used wood glue and nails for the front. I also stained my wood in the end.

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  • Michael Michael on Apr 09, 2021

    Good job. May I suggest tying your hair up or wearing a cap when using power tools.

    • Beth Beth on Apr 10, 2021

      He's right. Safety first. Get your hair out of the way, and wear eye protection. One little sliver flies up, and you could lose your sight. It happens. And BTW, regular glasses are NOT eye protection.

  • Wewe Wewe on Aug 28, 2021

    This is exactly what I was looking for! You are awesome! So doing this/ you made it look so simple. Thank you!