One of the struggles that you’ll encounter, in the long run, when you leave in a small studio-type apartment is the limited space you have. As time goes by, you get to have more stuff than the first time you moved in into your little home- especially when we share the same interests. I am very much into arts and crafts and loves collecting art materials. I spent most of my free time diy-ing and doing crafts. Seventy percent of my things are contained of art-related stuff. Every time I visit a craft store, I always end up buying something. And now, my main problem is on where I’m going to store some of them.
I have a lot of storage boxes at home where I store most of my stuff. My very recent DIY project was a 3 Tier bookshelf, which I published in my blog about shelving units. And if I buy additional storage boxes from the store, it will just eat up the available space in my room and will not even solve my problem. I thought of using some of my craft tools and make something that will not consume all the space I have. So, I guess, a floating shelf is the best solution. Aside from the fact that it just hangs/floats on the wall, I can make as plenty as I want to of these shelves because it’s perfect for space maximization. I can now start organizing my things and store them without having a hard time in getting them back.
If you have the same dilemma as mine, this post will surely save you. I write a lot about different types of shelves inmy blog about shelving units . Please pay a visit if you are interested in shelves.
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Step 1: Materials Needed
· Wood– Sizes may vary (depends on the space of your room and your desire)
· Jigsaw – (This is optional. If your wood has been cut at your local hardware, you will not need this)
· Steel Tape or Ruler
· L-shaped Hooks – (for carrying the shelves)
· Spray Paint or Paint – ( you may use any type of paint that can be used on woods)
Step 2: Cutting the Wood
Go to the nearest local hardware and buy
some wood. The size of the wood will depend on the space you’re going to fill and things that you’re going to put on top of it (If you wish to make a heavy-duty shelf, buy a thicker wood). You may ask for help from the sales clerk if you’re not very familiar with woods or anything about carpentry. Also, don’t forget to buy some L-shaped hooks- these are very useful in hanging your shelves.
Start by measuring the corner on where you’re going to put your shelves. If the size of the wooden plank fits the space that you’re going to fill, you will not need to cut the plank. If it’s a bit smaller, use a jigsaw carefully to cut the excess wood until it fits. (Let someone help you cut the wood if you can’t do it all by yourself). Or, you can have it cut by the time you purchased it from your local hardware. Cut as many planks as you want, as long as it will be distributed evenly on every corner of your room.
Step 3: Paint the Cut Wood
Once you have cut your wood into your desired size, prepare the following materials; (1.) Spray paint (2.) Triangle-shaped wood (3.) L-Shaped hooks (4.) Pliers
Paint your wood with your desired color. I use pink, so it will match the color of my room. To even out the color, it needs few coats. Leave it to dry.
Step 4: Holes on the Wall
While waiting for your paint to dry, draw a line as a guide on where you’re going to attach your (L-shaped) hooks. If your wall is concrete, you may use a drill to make holes. Be sure that the line has the same measurement of your wood.
Step 5: Screw the Holes
Screw in the hooks and let if face downward. These hooks will help you hold your floating shelves. So be sure to attach them properly. Use pliers when you’re having a hard time screwing these hooks.
Step 6: Attach the Wood
When you’re done and your wood gets dry.
You can now put your wood on top of those hooks. Before you start putting your things, check the sides of your shelves first and test it if it waggles. If it doesn’t move from side to side, then you can now start putting your stuff.
Step 7: Final - DIY Floating Corner Shelf
There you go– you now have your very own floating shelves. You can also use these shelves in storing your favourite books and novels. You can even make one of this for your kitchen or living room. These shelves are perfect in every corner of your house. Plus, it’s very easy to make and not to mention that it doesn’t require a carpentry skill to make one. Just follow the steps one by one and you’ll save yourself from spending too much. Thus, this will not only save your space but your pockets, too.