Build these easy DIY Floating shelves with FREE Printable plans and how-to tutorial by Shanty2Chic. These are inexpensive and add character to your home!
I built the eight floating shelves you see there for only $120!!! Each shelf is 4 ft. long and 12 in. deep! How amazing is that 🙂
I was inspired by the floating shelves that Whit built in her bathroom! If you missed them you can see them HERE 🙂 I basically followed the same installation instructions and only made a few modifications to the size!
Here’s how I built mine!
DIY Floating Shelves
I had the nice man at Home Depot rip 1 sheet of 3/4″ Purebond Plywood (in Birch) into 4 – 11 1/4″ boards and 1 sheet of 1/4″ Purebond Plywood the same. So you will basically have 4 – 8ft. 3/4″ boards and 4 – 1/4″ boards the same length. (My daughter’s home away from home 🙂 )
I also purchased 6 – 2x4x8 and 6 – 1x6x8.
I came home and got to work! I cut 1 – 2×4 @ 46.5″ and 2 – 2×4 pieces at 9.75″, for each shelf.
I built the “E’s” the same way Whitney did by drilling pocket holes into the short 2×4 pieces. You can find the Kreg Jig HERE on Amazon.
Then, I cut the 3/4″ plywood pieces and the 1/4″ plywood pieces at 46.5″ (totaling 8 boards per size). These will be the top and bottom of the shelves.
I also cut 16 – 1×6 pieces @11 1/4″ and 8 – 1×6 pieces @48″ but I missed getting pictures of that! (these will be the sides and fronts of the shelves)
I used my Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes into each end of the 3/4″ boards and attached them to the 1×6 pieces to form the top and sides of the shelves. (again missed pics of that – I blame summer 😉
Time to install!
After deciding where I wanted my shelves (I decided to give 13″ between each shelf) I used my level to draw a 4 ft. line where I wanted each shelf to sit.
Next, I used my stud finder to mark where the studs were. This is my FAVE stud finder and I bought it on Amazon! Link below 🙂
To attach the “E’s” to the wall, I used 3 1/2″ spax screws and drilled them into the “E” and then into a stud with my Impact Driver. I did 2 screws per stud.
I installed 4 on one side of the fireplace and 4 on the other :)
Once the “E’s” were installed, I dropped the assembled shelves on top of each one and attached them with my brad nailer and 2″ nails.
Then, I followed-up with the 1/4″ sheets underneath.
I attached the 48″ 1×6 pieces to the front with my nailer as well (and surprisingly didn’t get pics of that part either)!
I taped them off before staining!
I wiped on 1-coat of Carrington stain, let it sit for 5-minutes and then wiped it with a clean cloth and that was it! You can find Rust-oleum stain HERE on Amazon.
Here is my before…. I’ve been starring at this space since we moved into our new home 4 months ago and finally decided how to fill the space
and did it for about $120!!! That gave me lots of dough to spend on accessories ;)
I bought the majority of the accessories from Homegoods and Marshall’s, and a few pieces from Hobby Lobby! Seriously LOVE my new space and $120 for 8 – 4ft. shelves is a lot of bang for my buck :)
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Info on other things in this room :)
I did build the coffee table and you can find it HERE!
You can find out about the fan HERE
and the info on the flooring is HERE
You can find the rug HERE
DIY Floating Shelves
- 1 2x4x8 Framing Lumber
- 1 1x6x8 Pine Or Common Boards
- 1 3/4″x24″x48″ Hardwood Plywood (Birch)
- 1 1/4″x24″x48″ Hardwood Plywood (Birch)
- 1 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 1 1/4″ Brad Nails
- 3 1/2″ Wood Screws
- Wood Glue
- Cut ListNote: This cut list is for one floating shelf. If you build more than one shelf, adjust the cut list.
- Cut the cleat pieces to size. Drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes into one end of each support piece. Attach the support pieces to the long cleat piece with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. Locate the studs behind the wall you are hanging the shelf on and attach the cleat to the wall with 3 1/2″ wood screws.
- Cut the top plywood piece to size and attach it to the cleat with wood glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails.
- Cut the bottom piece of plywood to size and attach it to the bottom of the cleat with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue.
- Cut the side pieces to size and attach them to the side of the cleat with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue.
- Cut the front piece to size and attach it to the front of the cleat with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue.
- Now, just adda a finish and you’re done! Make sure to share your builds with us on social media and use #shanty2chic so we can share them too! Happy Building!