These DIY floating shelves are my most popular project to date.
I made these floating shelves on a whim one day and had no idea if they would turn out or not. Luckily for me, they did and are even better than imagined. Whoop whoop!
To tell you the truth I did this project a while back (8 months+) and it’s taking me some time to write this DIY blog post but better later than never, right?
So here is our living room when first purchased our home.
For those who don’t know we purchased our home as a foreclosure (for a steal) with cash. Then remolded nearly the whole house. It’s small and it’s not fancy but its paid for which gets us so much closer to our goal of being totally debt free in the next few years! it was the absolute best decision we have ever made for our family and finances.
Side note – It was the absolute best decision we have ever made for our family and finances. THE BEST! Zero regrets.
We took out the double windows and added sliding patio doors and a large patio out back. That left us with this blank wall in our living room, it needed something because it was plain ugly. Aside from the way to large tv mounted over the fireplace and the patches of trying to whitewash. lordy, more on that later.
I finally decided in January I couldn’t look at this ugly wall anymore and started by adding Shiplap and then Whitewashed The Fireplace. It was already looking so much better but still needed something else.
So once searching Pinterest I decided to try floating shelves. They were perfect and totally transformed this space. I couldn’t believe how simple they were to make once I actually created them. Sometimes a project seems so hard but if you just start it you see it’s so simple!
These DIY floating shelves are the perfect project for a beginner DIYer.
They are beautiful but super simple and affordable. You can have Home Depot pre-cut all your pieces for you. That way all you need to do is assemble and stain. See so easy.
Of course, you can also cut yourself if you prefer. Ok, enough rambling and I’ll get to it. All your going to need for this project is some wood, screws, nails, and stain.
IMPORTANT- These instructions will be off the size I made my own floating shelves. You will need to adjust measurements to the size you want your shelves to be. Be sure to check for studs on your wall before creating your shelves. You may need to adjust the size of your shelves depending on where your studs are.
What you need
2 – 1″ x 4″ x 8′ board
3 – 2″ x 4″ x 8′ board
1/4″ hardwood plywood cut into strips for the size of your shelves
brad nailer or hammer and nails if you don’t have a brad nailer
3.5-inch wood screws
6 – 1/4″ hardwood plywood cut to 48″x 9 1/2″
3 – 2″ x 4″ cut to 48″
9 – 2″ x 4″ cut to 7 1/4″
3 – 1″ x 4″ cut to 48″
6 – 1″ x 4″ cut to 7 1/4″
First, you’re going to want to have your wood cut or cut it yourself.
Again be sure you’re checked for studs before you start cutting.
I like to have Home Depot cut my hardwood plywood because it comes in large 4×8 foot pieces and that won’t fit in my minivan. Plus its just easier for me.
Once all your cuts are done you can start assembling.
Before you start screwing things together take your 48″ 2″ x 4″ and place on the wall where you want your shelf to go. Mark where each stud falls on your wood. This way you don’t screw your 3 – 7 1/4″ 2″ x 4″s over where you will need to screw into the wall.
First, you will screw together your 2″ x 4″s to create your base. Like shown below.
Now you can assemble the box for your floating shelf. First, build the 3 sides of your box using your 1″ x 4″ pieces of wood.
Now add your pre-cut hardwood plywood tops and bottoms to your shelves using your brad nailer.
So now your base and box should look like this.
Once the shelves are assembled it was time to hang up. We hung up our base with 3″ wood screws. Be sure to screw your base into studs to support the shelves. These are heavy-duty shelves and drywall will not be enough support!
Now you just slide the box over your base and use the drill to attach the shelves to the base with 1.5″ screws.
Look how beautiful they turned out.
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