DIY Shelf: How to Make an Easy Floating Shelf
In some spaces, you just need a little "something" to break up a wall. A floating shelf is the perfect solution. It accents the space, gives you a nice place to display things, and barely takes up any room. This shelf style works well in any home, whether your home's design is modern, rustic, or something in between. is A DIY floating shelf is easier to make than you'd think. Read on.
Cut the boards to desired lengths. These measurements are for a 24 inch shelf.
Begin by building the frame. Attach the two 7" 21" (1 x 3) boards to create a rectangle, and then add the three 5.5" boards evenly spaced within the rectangle.
Using a stud finder, find a place to anchor the shelf. Using 3" screws and a level, anchor to wall.
Create the sleeve of the floating shelf by attaching the other two 7" boards to the 24" board. Using glue and brad nails, attach one of the plywood pieces to the top and one to the bottom.Repair any nail holes with Bondo. Let dry and sand smooth.
And there it is! All that's left is to decide what you'd like to display on your new floating shelf! For a more in-depth tutorial and pictures, visit the original blog post.
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- 1 sheet of 1/4 plywood, with a smooth side (Amazon)
- 1×3 pine boards (Amazon)
- 1″ brad nails (Amazon)
- 2″ screws (Amazon)
- 3″ screws (for mounting to the wall, you will only need about 10 of these) (Amazon)
- Bondo (Amazon)
- Sand paper (Amazon)
- Paint (Amazon)
- Measuring tape (Amazon)
- Drill (Amazon)
- Saw (Amazon)
- Paint brushes/roller (Amazon)
- Level (Amazon)
- Stud finder (Amazon)
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Published October 9th, 2017 12:00 AM
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Sandra Allen on Oct 15, 2017I want to make one of these and burn the wood so the grain shows. This is very well done.
Barbara Hill on Oct 16, 2017Love it!!!! Awesome.. 👍
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