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Picture of Plexiglass shelving solution for under $20!
So recently I found myself needing more shelves for my collection of figures. I wanted something low profile and kind of modern looking, so I could maximize the amount of shelves I put up. I was also interested in plexiglass shelves so you could see the figures from any angle. But alas, after days of searching I was only able to find slatwall shelves or shelves that cost $10 a piece! Not only that, they only came in one size.

Needless to say, I didn't want to pay that much for a sheet of bent plexiglass, so I decided to make my own. The materials used were all bought from Lowes* for around $20 total. I got 4 shelves out of this, 2 6"x12" and 2 6"x18", but you can make whatever size you want! These shelves in my opinion are very conservative and modern looking. I hope you enjoy!

*You can get everything at Home Depot, but I don't think they have a plexiglass cutter so you'll have to do it yourself.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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As I said before, all materials here were purchased and Lowes for around $20.

*Plexiglass - 4 shelves for $6
*Nuts and Bolts - $1
*Drill bit - Already had, but probably $2
*Bracket - 4 for $4
*Drill - There's no reason you should have one of these ;P
*(Optional) Level - $3 Not necessary if you trust your eyes.
*(Optional) Drywall Anchors - Only necessary if you are drilling without a stud. I needed these.

Step 2: Measure out your Shelf

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Here you want to measure out where you're going to put the bracket. For the small sheets I put the brackets 1" from each side, for the bigger ones 2".
jelte12348 months ago

Hi, could you specify which thickness your plexi is? I have a lot of 2 mm standing around, but I would expect you would need 4+ for medium weight things, and more for really heavy things?

muhammajunaid12 months ago
nicely done, but it would be much better if you can replace the screws with flat heads a just flush them into the sheet.
muhammajunaid12 months ago
nicely done, but it would be much better if you can replace the screws with flat heads a just flush them into the sheet.
JakkRabbit5 years ago
simple, yet neat. Also, I was thinking... add some sort of light source (led, fluorescent, etc) to some how make the shelf light up? Would make a neat effect especially for displaying figures :)
yurika9755 years ago
great Instructable.....simple for even the non handy....Actually just what I was looking for (but didn't know it) cheap cute shelves! -that I think I can really make myself. thanks for explaining the steps and including clear pictures....