How to Make a $7 Floating Shelf

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Introduction: How to Make a $7 Floating Shelf

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For this Instructable, I’ll be making two floating shelves. Affordable, stylish and easy to make! These shelves can improve any space -- either a bathroom, living room, kid's room, etc. The best part about it is that each shelf can be made for only $7.

Materials (per shelf):

1- 2-inches x 6-inches x 8-feet (Spruce Pine) @ your local hardware store

1- pack of keyhole hanger

1- 1/2i-nch x 48 Dowel @ your local hardware store

Other:

- Oil-Rubbed Bronze Paint

Wood Glue

Wood Glues bottle

Self-drilling drywall anchor

Tools Used

- Wood Clamps

- Drill

- Dowel bit

- Dead-blow mallet

- Circular saw

- Miter Saw

- Hand saw

- Sander

Step 1: Cutting the Pieces

I'll be using one 8-foot piece of lumber for each shelf. Cut the large pieces first using a handsaw, or a power tool if you prefer.

Step 2: Putting the Pieces Together

For this project I'll be making two shelves. After all the pieces are cut you should end up with four pieces of lumber measuring at 32 inches, and four pieces of lumber measuring at 6 inches.

I wanted to make this project doable for any beginner, so I used butt joints and dowels. For more experienced viewers, I would suggest Miter Joints. This will give it a cleaner appearance.

Step 3: Glue the Pieces and Sand

Apply wood glue to the corners, clamp the joints in place to prevent any shifting. You could use screws if you like, but to give a cleaner look I used two 1/2-inch dowels per corner. Mark the dowel so that it goes through both pieces of wood. Apply wood glue to the dowel, as well as in the hole. Hammer the dowel down until it reaches a stopping point. Now, take a saw and cut off the excess. Leave the clamps in place and allow enough time for the glue to dry. Next, sand the shelf using 80 grit to remove the rough texture, then use a 120 grit, followed by a 220 grit.

Step 4: Paint or Stain?

As far as finishing, It's a matter of taste. My opinion is that you can't go wrong with either stain or paint.

I found this paint a few months back, and I had to have it. I was a bit hesitant on what the finished product should look like. I chanced it with this Oil-Rubbed Bronze paint, which gave it a nice, rich look to it. It wasn't too appealing after the first coat. The second coat looked amazing. I stopped there, but I have to imagine a third coat would top it off.

Step 5: Mounting the Shelf

Here is a mounting tip I learned a while back:

Take a piece of scrap wood and drill out your mounting holes. Then, use that same scrap wood and mark the shelf and the wall. If carefully done, it will line up every time.

Next, install the Keyhole hangers, Be sure to drill out behind the keyhole hanger. So the screw doesn't interfere.

To mount the shelf, I'll be using self -d rilling drywall anchor, Each one is rated for up to 50 pounds.

Step 6: The Final Touch

Floating shelves are a great project for your home. Not only do they look nice but they save a ton of space. You can use them for many things like displaying collectibles, photos or other decorations.

2 People Made This Project!

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60 Discussions

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FraniQ
FraniQ

2 years ago

You make it look so easy! I am going to try this.I like the paint.Thanks for sharing!!!

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ndronet
ndronet

2 years ago

What is that workbench that you are using please?

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dandinos
dandinos

Reply 2 years ago

Keter folding work table.

$80 on amazon

That's what i have, The one above could be different brand

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ndronet
ndronet

Reply 2 years ago

Thanks! I found it on Amazon.

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YaënD
YaënD

2 years ago

great DIY, gonna make some for my house. thanks for it

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WinsantS
WinsantS

2 years ago

This is a really cool DIY project for home... Must try it some day.....

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greatoak
greatoak

3 years ago

That is awesome! I can place one of them over the towel bar and it would match perfectly.

Thank you!

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LeslieGeee
LeslieGeee

Reply 2 years ago

You can also make a towel bar that attaches underneath the shelves either copper or plumbing pipes for an industrial look :)

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diycreators
diycreators

Reply 3 years ago

Nice, Thank you. Glad I could help.

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etupin
etupin

3 years ago

If the shelf was made about 3/4 inch longer, so the distance between the keyhole hangers was 32 inches, then the shelf could be hung from screws in two wall studs (wall studs are typically 16 inches apart). This would be a sturdier hang - and would solve the concern about the cat!

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ClintC15
ClintC15

Reply 2 years ago

This is true, but not in my house! lol

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nervosa
nervosa

Reply 3 years ago

Man! How heavy is your cat?! He says each screw anchor holds 50 lbs.

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LeslieGeee
LeslieGeee

Reply 2 years ago

LOL better to be safe than sorry. Even If I use Command Hooks for something, no matter how light the object I am hanging I usually get the hooks that hold more. On an aside I have a 17 lb cat that when he lays on me he feels like he is 27 Lbs. Cats when they jump on something look like they land lightly but, if I am right the pressure of the landing makes the cat heavier. Ever press down on a floor scale and see the gauge go upward if you keep pressing down?

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LeslieGeee
LeslieGeee

2 years ago

Beautiful shelves and great tutorial thank you for sharing :)

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ashburn orange
ashburn orange

3 years ago

Wonderful !

Great video, I like it that you have kept it simple. Your $7.00 investment looks like $1,000,000 !

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sybere
sybere

3 years ago

Nicely done. I can't wait to give it a try. Thank you for making this tutorial.

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WeirdAlWalker
WeirdAlWalker

3 years ago

"Then use that same scrap wood and make the shelf and the wall."

You mean "mark" don't you? Not "make"?

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diycreators
diycreators

Reply 3 years ago

Yes Thanks, I fixed it.