Simple & Economical Corner Shelf




Introduction: Simple & Economical Corner Shelf

Hi everyone!! and welcome to my first ever instructable.

I had some space constraints in my room. My table and its drawers were always a mess, so i decided to utilize a corner in my room to make a corner shelf and dump some of my stuff on it, which would eventually free some space on my table.

Highlights and expectations:

  • it should be modular so that i could modify or dismantle it whenever required.
  • I wanted to use minimal material (mostly trash) so i don't have to spend much on it.
  • In fact i used the side panels of a sound box which were lying outside in the mud and some wooden battens which were already present at home ( i didnt spend on these key materials)
  • Least number of holes drilled in the wall.
  • Least number of tools (mostly hand tool)
  • least amount of effort and time (But it didn't work out that way, since i was doing it for the first time)

I had already started working on the shelf when i decided to make this instructable, hence i could not show you some of the exact same parts i used, but instead some pieces from the actual parts. I have tried to include lot of images to demonstrate the instructable, because i believe one can understand better looking at images rather than reading. The instructable is divided into two sub assemblies and then the main assembly.

Lets begin!!!!

Step 1: Material and Consumables

  1. wooden battens (approximately 8 feet long)
  2. Sound box panels (480mm x 220mm)
  3. Spray paint (black or the colour you wish to use)
  4. Wood adhesive (i used fevicol)
  5. 20mm nails (approximately 24)
  6. 4 x 25mm counter sunk screw (8 nos.)
  7. 4 x 50mm counter sunk screw (4 nos.)
  8. Shelf support braces (4 nos.)
  • NOTE: The above material and dimensions are the ones i used, you may use the material available with you for e.g. plywood sheets in place of sound box panels. Also the dimensions could change as per your requirement.

Step 2: Tools

  1. Power drill
  2. drill chuck key
  3. Measuring tape
  4. Hack saw with frame
  5. Screw driver
  6. 5mm concrete drill bit
  7. 5mm masonry drill bit
  8. 9mm masonry drill bit

Step 3: Sub Assembly 1 (Corner Supports)

If you follow images with the content you will understand the process better. There are going to be two corner supports which will support four shelves as you will see.

Cut wooden battens with following dimensions:

1800mm (2 nos)

210mm (6 nos)

40mm (2nos)

Paste a 40mm piece and three 210mm pieces vertically on a 1800mm piece as illustrated. Make sure to do the markings before pasting the pieces. The gap kept between each pasted piece being 14 to 13mm approx. because the thickness of the shelves is 10mm approx.

(NOTE: These dimensions will change as per your material and requirements for shelf)

Put some 20mm nails on each support to add extra strength. Make two 5mm holes using the power drill and masonry drill bit. Use the 9mm drill bit to drill a counter sunk into the holes as we are using counter sunk screws. Last image shows one complete corner support and we will need two of such.

Step 4: Sub Assembly 2 (Shelves)

Clean the panels off mud, use emery paper ( sandpaper ) to clean the rigid dirt and smoothen the uneven surface. Wipe with cloth to remove dust from the panels. The panels need to be clean and smooth before spray painting. Make two coats of paint on each panel. The difference between before and after is visible in the last image.

Step 5: Main Assembly (Mounting the Supports and Shelves)

Make sure to have a plane reference surface (which will act as a zero while deciding the height of you shelf on the wall) below the location where you wish to mount your shelf. I considered my table as a reference surface in this case.

I considered 180mm from the table surface (see image). This will act as a reference on x-axis. Now the corner support needs to be parallel to the other corner wall, hence take two points so that corner support is in a straight line (See image) . Mark hole points on the wall using pencil. Drill 2 holes for each corner support on each wall. Use nail plugs to ensure proper fastening of screws. The distance of each corner supports should be less than the width of your shelf plane, otherwise the shelf plane will not rest on the corner support.

Mount the support braces after measuring the distance of each support on the corner support battens from the table surface (See image). Make sure that the shelf will rest evenly before fastening the braces. Similarly mount all four support braces (two on each wall as appears in the image). Place the shelves and "Dump all your stuff".

(NOTE: You may lock the shelves by putting locking pins on the shelves which will fit into the holes of support braces.)


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    Nice design. The alternating shelves let you store much larger objects.


    Reply 3 years ago

    It does store many things as compared to the space it occupies