My wife and I are the perfect match. She will come up with a great idea, pick the style and colors, and tell me what she wants. I take it from there, figuring out how to make it happen and then doing so.
Recently, she got fed up with bags of yarn covering the floor of her office. To find the right one, you had to waste a lot of time digging through and untangling.
So she came to me saying she wanted several shallow white shelves to hold her yarn.
Step 1: Attaching the Supports to the Wall
The shelves were easy and basic to make. I made them 48" wide to minimize scraps and expense. The shelf itself is a 3/4" 1x4. I ripped a 1" strip off each shelf then used my drill press and dowels to connect them back together.
They all got painted white with a semi-gloss finish per my wife's instructions.
The first step to installing is to use 3" long screws to secure the 1" strips to the wall using as many studs as I could.
Step 2: Attaching the Shelves
Because the holes and dowels were already in place, installing the shelves was simply a matter of sliding them on.
Because the weight these will be required to hold is minimal, I decided not to glue. That will make them easier to remove if I (my wife) decides to.
Step 3: Final Check
Once all shelves were in place I doubled checked for level. Plus it was exciting just to look at.
Step 4: Finished
While I was installing, my wife rolled all the yarn into balls. When I finished, she added them all to the shelves and there you go! We used about 4" of space from an unused wall and opened up a ton of floor space.