Since we are all still hangin’ at home these days (at least hopefully we all are, we need this COVID awefullness to disappear!), I am sharing another one of my projects that I completed a while ago but just never posted. A couple of years ago, I created an accent wall in my living room using barnwood-style weathered white wood planks on my main wall. Since it is a fairly large wall, I needed some contrasting items on the wall, so I decided to add some DIY floating wood shelves.
DIY Floating Wood Shelves Materials & Supplies
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Wood (per shelf):
- 1 – 2×3 @ 6′
- 1 – 1×4 @ 6′
- 1 – 1×10 @ 4′
Tools & Supplies:
- Miter saw or Circular saw
- Kreg Jig
- Kreg 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws
- Kreg 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
- Wood glue
- Drill bits
- 3″ construction screws
- Brad Nailer
- 1 1/2″ 18 gauge Brad Nails
- Wood stain
- Stud finder
DIY Floating Wood Shelves Instructions:
First, identify how many shelves you want to attach to the wall, and where you want them. Also determine the length of each shelf and the distance you want between each shelf (I chose 13″ between shelves to ensure there was space for the picture frames and other decor I wanted to display).
Locate the studs in the wall in the section of wall where you want the shelves to be hung. Mark the stud locations with a pencil.
Use a miter saw or circular saw to cut the boards for each shelf (these cuts are assuming one 36″ length shelf, change the number and lengths based on the number and length of shelving you want):
- Cut one 2×3 board to 36″ (although the actual shelf will be 1.5″ longer due to the 1×4 boards on each end of the shelf)
- Cut three 2×3 boards to 7 3/4″ in length each. Drill two 1 1/2″ pocket holes into one end of one side of each 7 3/4″ 2×3 board.
- Cut one 1×10 board to 36″ in length. Drill three 3/4″ pocket holes on one long length of one surface of the board. Drill two 3/4″ pocket holes on each short side of the board, on the same surface as the other three pocket holes)
- Cut one 1×4 board to 37 1/2″ in length
- Cut two 1×4 boards to 9 1/4″ in length
Next, stain the 1×10 and 1×4 boards with the stain of your choice (I chose Varathane Briarsmoke) and let dry.
Use a drill and the 3″ construction screws to attach the 36″ 2×3 board(s) to the wall. I spaced the shelves by 13 3/4″ between each 2×3 board, above and below (after 3/4″ boards are put on, the distance between shelves will decrease to 13″). Use a level to ensure each board is straight. Ensure the 3″ screws are placed through the 2×3 into a stud in the wall, use 2 screws per stud.
Next, using the 2 1/2″ Kreg pocket hole screws, attach one 7 3/4″ board to each end of the 36″ board on the wall, and one directly in the center.
After the stain has dried on the 1×10 and 1×4 boards, assemble the shelf using wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. Attach the top 9 1/4″ 1×4 boards to each short end of the 1×10 board. Then attach the 37 1/2″ 1×4 board across the front of the shelving unit using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. (Photo below does not show front board attached yet)
Once the stained shelf boards are attached, slide the shelving unit over the 2×3 boards attached to the wall, and use 2″ brad nails to secure the shelving to the 2×3 boards.
I also plan to cut a 1/4″ thick piece of plywood to 36″ x 9 1/4″, stain in in Briarsmoke, and then attach it to the bottom of the shelving unit to cover up the bottom of the shelves ( it should fit between the bottom edges of the 1×4 front and side boards). I’ll use my brad nail gun to hold it in place, as well as a couple of screws on each side.
I added my picture frames, faux flowers and candles and wa-la! Beautiful rustic DIY floating wood shelves to add some contrast to the whitewashed wood wall! Here are some final pics of the finished shelfing on the wall.
In case you are interested in any of the items I used to decorate my shelving, here are the links to the items I purchased, or very similar items, on Amazon:
DIY floating wood shelves make a great rustic or farmhouse addition to your walls. They are an easy project for a beginner woodworker and inexpensive (if you already have the tools).