These floating wood shelves are easy to put together and a great way to display family pictures or art in whatever room you like.
When we first moved into our house I was looking for any excuse for a fun DIY project. As we had recently got married we had a ton of pictures, but nowhere to put them! Alas, building some floating wood shelves for our living room was one of the first projects on my list. The problem was I wasn’t sure about what type of shelves I wanted until I stumbled upon Retro Ranch Renovation.
The great thing about these wall mounted wood shelves are they are super easy to put together, but you can make them fit your room how you see fit. Personally, I wanted 6 identical shelves that surrounded a metal sign we had. But you can easily change the lengths and widths to what you want. It’s really up to your imagination on how to utilize the shelves.
The shelves add a nice depth to the room and are a perfect vehicle for your pictures. With the stain I personally chose, it gives a nice rustic element to the room, which is right in line with our styles. As I’ve mentioned with some of my past projects, I made these before having the idea of this blog so no step-by-step pictures unfortunately. Hopefully you’ll give these DIY wood shelves a try as they are super easy to make, even without pictures!
Floating Wood Shelves Shopping List:
- (2) 1″ x 2″ x 8′
- (1) 1″ x 4″ x 8′
- Titebond III wood glue
- 1 1/4″ finish nails
- Drywall screws
- Miter saw
- Power drill
- Hand sander and sandpaper
- (12) – 1″ x 2″ @ 15″
- (6) – 1″ x 4″ @ 15″
How to Make Floating Wood Shelves:
Begin by sanding all of the wood. It’s easier to sand before cutting down. Use 80, 150, and 220 grit sandpaper to make as smooth as possible.
Use the miter saw to cut the 1″ x 2″ pieces at a length of 15″. You can make as long as you want and however many you want. I wanted 6 shelves so I need to cut 12 pieces.
Use the miter saw to cut the 1″ x 4″ piece at a length of 15″ as well. You should have 6 pieces. Again, you can change the length if you want.
You want the 1″ x 4″ piece to be what goes against the wall. So use one piece of your 1″ x 2″ and put glue on both sides. Then put against the 1″ x 4″ while also putting the other 1″ x 2″. You’ll then want to clamp and let dry for 30 minutes. (This is a little hard to explain without step-by-step pictures, so hopefully you can understand by looking at the finished product)
It’s not necessary but just to be safe, you can nail the sides together using 1 1/4″ finish nails.
If you are going to stain or paint the shelves, now is when you should do it.
Pre-drill two holes in the 1″ x 4″ for the drywall screws to be able to go through.
Place where you want on the wall and put some pictures up!