$20 Shelves Anyone Can Build!

That’s right… ANYONE!  These are super simple to build!  This is by far my favorite $20 project to date.

Shelves Anyone Can Build

Shelves Anyone Can Build

Shelves Anyone Can Build

I have been in the process of redoing my oldest son’s room over the last few weeks.  I shared his bed HERE and the headboard HERE.

I know one of the next things on my to do list will be a desk, and I knew I wanted some shelving for above it.  I found THIS plan on Ana’s site and jumped on it.

If you own a drill (every woman should!) you can build these shelves.  I made 2 for my son, and I also made 2 for my younger sister.  Each shelf cost $10 to build.  Here are a few tips and progress shots…

You will need 2 – 1×4’s and 1 – 1×2 for each shelf.  That’s it!

I made 8′ shelves so no need to use a saw.  I also used my Kreg Jig, but if you don’t own one you can just pre-drill your holes and use wood screws to attach everything. I prefer drywall screws, but both will work.  You will also need wood glue.  I started by adding a line of glue where my 1×4’s meet.

Shelves Anyone Can Build

Join your boards together like this.  Just pre-drill from the back and attach your screws.

Shelves Anyone Can Build

Now add some more glue to edge of your bottom 1×4…

Shelves Anyone Can Build

And use some finish nails to attach your 1×2!

Shelves Anyone Can Build

That’s it! Not even kidding!

I didn’t even worry about filling nail holes because I stained mine and I like the imperfections… So shanty! 😉

I used my new favorite stain on mine…

Shelves Anyone Can Build

Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Dark Walnut

I  LOVE this stuff… It dries beautifully within an hour… Whoop!  You can get it at Lowe’s.

These are super easy to attach to your wall too!  I used 2″ drywall screws directly into the studs of the wall.  I didn’t even have to cover the screws because the things I put on the shelves covered them easily.

I got them up and took some pictures for you!

Shelves Anyone Can Build

Shelves Anyone Can Build

Shelves Anyone Can Build

Shelves Anyone Can Build

Shelves Anyone Can Build

Shelves Anyone Can Build

Shelves Anyone Can Build

And if you aren’t quite convinced please look at this picture…

Shelves Anyone Can Build

Yes.  Looks familiar! You can find this lovely at Pottery Barn, except it costs $85 for 4′! That’s half the length and 8 times the price.  No thank you!

What do you think???

You OFFICIALLY have no excuse to not build!  These are easier than putting together anything you can find in a store.  I LOVE them.

You can see the detailed plans HERE on Ana’s site!


Did you like it???  Would you be a dear and PIN IT please?!?  I would appreciate it greatly 😉

Thanks so much and happy Tuesday!



  1. Katie on January 14, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    How far apart did you hang the shelves?

  2. brittany hadfield on February 16, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    what kind of wood did you use?

  3. Jen on October 2, 2018 at 11:08 am

    WhAt kind of wood did you use?

  4. Nicole C on March 30, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    I just stumbled back upon your site after seeing something on Pinterest. We used this tutorial to make picture ledges for our den a few years ago. We painted them white to blend with the wall and then used black frames. This isn’t the best picture, but proof that they turned out 🙂

  5. Jasmine Bryant on September 2, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Hello, what is the name of the paint color on the wall where you hung the shelves?

  6. Divergent Droid on December 29, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    I want to make many of these with larger boards to make a series of tracks around the house for my cat to run on. Shelving gets expensive, this looks like the cheapest deal for my project.

  7. ORIANA SALGADO on August 6, 2015 at 11:04 am

    I still don’t understand how to hang them… 🙁

  8. Bev on April 9, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    How did you mount these to the wall?

  9. Jessie on February 22, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Loved this project! Easy and looks fabulous in the entry way of my new home!

    • Taylor Khoe-Mupas on November 2, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      How did you mount this to the wall?

  10. Emilee on January 2, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    I used the exact same stain color from Lowe’s and mine turned out a completely different color. Way more chocolatey.

  11. Emilee on January 2, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    How did you stain it to get this color?

  12. Emilee on January 1, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    And I was really going for the color yours are

  13. Emilee on January 1, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    How did you stain the wood to get this color? I bought the same stain from Lowe’s but mine turned out way more chocolate in color

  14. Tonya Harris on December 26, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Will this work on plaster walls?

  15. April on October 11, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I’m totally New to this.. how did you mount these?

  16. Cynthia Toupin on September 6, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Did you use a Kreg Jig like Ana did or did you just screw and glue? If we were to see the back of the shelf, we would see the screws right? I am a total beginner without a Kreg Jig and just trying to figure out if I have the steps correct. Also – I would LOVE to know how you mounted these to the wall. I am just not visualizing very well how to get these onto the wall. Thanks much!!

    • Brooke on February 9, 2018 at 5:00 pm

      I don’t know how Whitney mounted them, but we are building a couple of these this weekend and plan to use drywall screws and just go right through the back of the shelf into a couple studs. I will cover the screws up with the decor I put on the shelf. Can’t wait!!

  17. Sheri Kinnison on September 6, 2014 at 10:07 am

    a friend made these for me i cant take credit but i love them!!

  18. Edea Smith on July 18, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Lovely idea – very good tutorial 🙂

  19. christy on July 16, 2014 at 9:34 am

    are these the shelves that you used to display your chippy picture frames??

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