How To Create a DIY Wall Shelf

Do you have a shelf at your house where you keep a nice display of your belongings like photos and books?

If not, today I will show you the correct steps of making a DIY floating wall shelf.

The name sounds impossible but these shelves are not only good looking but also take less space and are very easy to create.

The project is for everyone but those with comfortability and skills in the usage of power tools are likely to finish the work earlier.

Here’s how to create a DIY wall shelf

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The supplies you need.

Depending on how you want your shelves to look, you can try creating a different custom version that suits your home design. You will need;

  • A saw (either mitre or circular)
  • A pine board (3*10)
  • Hand router accompanied by a bit dado router.
  • Sandpaper
  • Bit paddle
  • Press drill
  • Clothes
  • Brush and paint
  • Adjustable floating support shelves.
  • Pen or pencil

How to Build Floating Shelves.

With no pain at all and a chance to save some cash for later enjoyment, the steps will help you learn a lot about self-hard work and self-discipline.

In addition, this project will be completed within half a day depending on your speed, to give the walls a quality custom feel. The steps include;

1) Gather all materials.

After gathering all the materials and checking whether you have everything in place, cut down the large wood piece into small sections using a saw.

Buying a large wood that is not cut or painted helps you to save a lot since you’ve done the major part by yourself. Before cutting make sure to approximate the sections so that they fill the spaces where they are to be hung correctly and perfectly.

2) Notch all shelves in the back.

Using the hand router, create notches at the back of every shelf so that the hardware can be accommodated.

You are advised to make a half deep notch if using a 25-inch piece of hardware.

The notch at the back is very important since they prevent the hardware from creating a gap between the shelves and the walls when hanging.

3) Drill the hardware for holes.

Ways of making holes are plenty but you are advised to use the bit paddle which is easier and accurate to use.

Using a bit paddle makes work easier by just allowing the board to slide in the right place. You may be nervous when creating holes and as a result, making no straight holes, you are advised to start with paddle bit making holes about 2-inch-deep then finish up the drilling using a drill press.

4) Painting.

Depending on the colour of your home or the design you’d wish to have for your shelves is the beauty you get from painting the hardware yourself.

Standing in a ventilated area, start sanding all edges on each shelf wiping out the sawdust.

Only after wiping off the extra sawdust is when you are allowed to apply your chosen paint.

Always make sure you remember to wipe off the stain if you are using it while leaving every coat to dry.

5) Hang them.

Once the drying is complete, you are now able to install the hardware.

Know where you want to hang the shelves and then while using a pencil measure the correct measurements while marking them.

Follow the instructions on the package when installing.

Level each shelf to make sure they are straight and once the hardware is in position slide your shelves, through the holes you drilled, into the perfect place and enjoy the beauty of your creation.

How To Create A DIY Wall Shelf

It saves you a lot when you decide to create and customize your shelves.

As per the instructions I have offered, creating a DIY floating shelf will not be hard if followed keenly.

Try creating your design today and enjoy your amazing creation.

You only require a few items that make the creation possible and the correct steps. The steps include;

The first step is making sure all the items are available.

You do not want to start your creation and in between the process, you get stuck because you didn’t have all the materials for the job.

Step two is making notch at the back of the shelves.

Making a notch simply means making small cuts to the wood so the ends can fit perfectly together.

Step three is drilling holes using a paddle bit. With the help of a bit paddle you get to have an easy ride with your creation.

You are advised to make your holes 4 inches deep and they should be straight and accurate.

Step four is painting your wood. Before painting make sure all the saw dust is wiped off and then start painting your chosen design.

Make sure it dries off in a well-ventilated room or rather take it outside to direct sunlight for quick drying of about 2-3 minutes.

Step five and the final step is perfectly hanging your shelves after the painted boards have completed drying.