How to Build DIY Floating Shelves

Do you have a bare wall in the house and you’re looking for a great idea on what to do with it? Build a floating shelf and put that space to good use!

DIY floating shelves

In case you don’t know it yet, floating shelves are the trend nowadays. The design is minimalistic – not clunky, never bulky. They’re perfect anywhere in the house. You can build floating shelves in the kitchen, or the living room, even your bedroom! This will provide you with additional space where you can put collectibles on display or organize things within easy reach.

Minimalist by design, floating shelves are never clunky.
Minimalist by design, floating shelves are never clunky.

You’ll be surprised to know that it can very well be an easy project, depending on your carpentry skills.

Yes, you read that right. You can build your own floating shelves; it’s no rocket science. Just imagine the amount of money you’ll save when you do it by yourself instead of having someone else do it for you.

Are you intimidated by the thought of a floating shelf project? Don’t be.

You’ll need these materials:

  • Lumber for the frame and shelf
    • 1 – 2×4
    • 3 – cedar pickets
  • Steel wool and vinegar solution/stain
  • Water-based polyurethane spray
  • 3” Wood Screws
  • 1 ¼” Nails
  • Gorilla wood glue

And these tools:

  • Circular saw
  • Table saw
  • Drill
  • Kreg jig
  • Nail gun
  • Clamps
  • Tape measure
  • Straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Eye and ear protection

Don’t just stop with one design, there are hundreds more! Find more inspiration below…

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