Asked on Jan 18, 2019

What should the height/spacing be between 3 shelves in a living room?

by Eileen

Want to hang 3 shelves roughly 29 inches long/ 6 inches high. I’ve got 8 foot walls, cathedral ceiling. We up cycled some old barn wood and some metal troughs. Used some barn wood to put in the troughs to make the shelves. Shelves are very cool, will look awesome on the wall.

  14 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Jan 18, 2019

    Use angle irons screwed into studs. They are very cool

  • William William on Jan 18, 2019

    Spacing depends on what you plan to put on them. Average spacing is 12" from top of one shelf and bottom of the one above it. That's generally how bookcases are made. Use long screws making sure you hit a stud. They look amazing.

    • Mogie Mogie on Jan 19, 2019

      I agree with William. It depends on what you are going to put on them. I try to to space them about a foot higher then the tallest thing I am going to put on them. Any closer and it seems to take away from the objects on the shelf and the shelf looks squaty or too crammed together. I have found that less is more.

  • 29621073 29621073 on Jan 19, 2019

    To determine spacing without drilling a million holes in the wall, practice your layout on the floor. You can include the items you will be placing on the shelves until you get the look you want. When you are satisfied, measure the distances between the shelves, jot them down then mark these measurements on the wall.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jan 19, 2019

    I would go by what you want to put on the shelves, that way you know that they shelves well be far enough apart to hold what you want.

  • Depending on the configuration, you would hang them around 60 inches from the floor.

  • Janice Janice on Jan 19, 2019

    I'd decide what I wanted to place on the shelves and work from there. I'd envision more distance between the bottom and middle shelf so you use the bottom shelf for taller items or baskets for storage. Then work up the wall and maybe make the middle and top shelves closer together. Good idea to place them on the floor to get a good idea of what you are going to place on them before installing on the wall. Very cool using the barn wood and troughs! Love it!

  • Rebecca Platt Rebecca Platt on Jan 19, 2019

    Yep. I depends on what you plan on putting on them. However, having said that, you don't want to top one to be too high or the bottom one too low. I agree about putting them on floor and also keeping tallest items on bottom shelf , etc.

  • Joanie Joanie on Jan 19, 2019

    You could always angle them....scatter and enjoy!! It's your choice.

  • Deborah Luchak Nester Deborah Luchak Nester on Jan 19, 2019

    spacing is all on your decision on what you are putting in them. Heavy items lower to the ground.. lighter smaller items higher up,, not too high..

    i have used blue painters tape o the wall to get an idea of where to put it/what it would look like!

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Jan 22, 2019

    Whatever your decision on spacing, etc. do be sure that the shelves aren't so low in an area where people stand/walk that they will bump into them.

  • Dee Dee on Jan 25, 2019

    I would check the height of the items you want to put on the shelves. Then you can determine the spacing in between them

    They are certainly cool shelves. Make sure you anker them with molly bolts for heavy items and into the studs so they stay strong.

  • R4m54283590 R4m54283590 on Oct 30, 2021

    i do it several times a month. The Golden Ratio will get you started in the right direction

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Oct 31, 2021

    Use angle irons screwed into studs. They are very cool

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 04, 2023

    Depends on wht you want to put on them?