Increase the storage in any room of your house with this easy to build DIY Faux Floating Shelf Tutorial. Customize the finish to match any decor!
This DIY Faux Floating Shelf Tutorial from my Laundry Room has probably been the most requested tutorial in the history of this blog! It’s a very easy build that instantly increases storage allowing you to display decorative items, jars for organization or leaving items out for easy accessibility.
This Faux Floating Shelf can essentially be placed in between any two walls, so the measurements will really depend on your space, but I’ll give you tips along the way.
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Lumber and Supplies:
All Cuts of wood will depend on your specific space, so measure before making any purchases!
- Wood screws (3 1/2″ and 2 1/2″)
- 1 1/2″ Finish nails
DIY Floating Shelves
Step one. Using a stud finder, mark the studs in your wall. Measure the width of your shelf and cut a 2×4 to fit that width. Then attach the 2×4 to the wall using your 3 1/2″ wood screws (where you marked your studs). When deciding how high to place your shelf, please note that you will be putting a 2×10 on top of this 2×4 so it will raise the height 1 1/2″. You can adjust accordingly.
Step two. After the 2×4 support is in place it’s time to attach the side supports. For this tutorial I used a 2×10 for my shelf so your side supports will need to be cut to 7 3/4″. If you change the depth of the shelf, this measurement will also need to be changed. I do suggest measuring everything in place rather than just getting to the exact measurements given because all lumber can vary slightly and these 2×4’s can’t stick out in front of the shelf or it will affect the next step!
Step three. Now it’s time to attach the actual shelf. Cut your 2×10 to the width of your rear support (the size you want your finished shelf to be). Place the shelf on top of the supports, making sure your side supports are flush with the front of the shelf. Using your 2 1/2″ wood screws attach the shelf (from the top) into the supports. You can sink the screws and use wood filler to hide them if you don’t want to see the screws.
Step four. Next the front board needs to be attached. I used a 1×6, but if you want your shelf to appear thicker you can use wider board, and this board needs to be cut the exact width of the shelf. Hold it up, making sure it’s flush with the shelf and use your finish nailer to nail in place. Don’t forget to nail it into the side supports as well.
This DIY Faux Floating Shelf Tutorial will leave you with a fully stable shelf for all your storage needs!
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