Hey guys! I built my youngest little lady some floating shelves for all of her
junk important things, and I am sharing the plans for them today. I recently found that my Home Depot started carrying 1×5 pine boards. I decided to build these shelves using those, and the entire construction of these is done with my Kreg Jig. Do you own one? If so, good. If not, what the heck are you waiting for? Ash and I swear by ours. Even if you are brand new to building, I would get one. They make building so much easier, and they will also make your pieces more sturdy and professional. There are several models, but we really recommend the K5 if you are looking to get your first one. Enough of that… Check out how her diy floating shelves turned out!
DIY Floating Shelves
So… Here we go. I will walk you through the steps below, and you can also download and print the FREE PLANS by clicking HERE!
The braces of these shelves are built using 2×3 wood. At my hardware store, those can be found with the other studs and dimensional lumber, but some also have them with landscaping and fencing. Each shelf uses one 2×3. Here are the cuts you will make for each shelf.
I used my Kreg Jig to make 1.5″ pocket holes on each of my short pieces like this.
Next, I attached my short pieces to the long board using wood glue and 2.5″ pocket hole screws. I used the Kreg driver for this part attached to my Ryobi 18V drill. Love this tool too!
The pieces should be assembled evenly like below.
Sometimes I will move that center small piece if the wall stud lines up right behind it. Here is my first brace. I finished up the other 3 before moving on.
Next, I built the shelf boxes. These will be wider than the braces and easily slide on. I built these this way to make them easy to remove if I ever want them down or moved to a different room. First I cut my 1×12 top and bottom pieces.
I added 3/4″ pocket holes to one long side and both short sides of both boards.
Next, I made the cuts on my 1×5. Here are the length of those cuts.
I added 3/4″ pocket holes to my short pieces to attach them to my long front boards.
I attached the short boards to my 1×12 first using 1.25″ pocket hole screws.
Next, I attached my front boards the same way.
My final step was attaching the other 1×12 board. This one can be a bit of a squeeze, so I used my Ryobi TEK4 screwdriver with my Kreg driver to attach the pocket holes on this part.
I stained all of the boxes at this point using Varathane Ultimate Wood Stain in American Walnut. This stuff is the bomb. We use this brand on any stain project. It dries in under an hour and only requires one coat.
While those were drying, I attached the braces to her wall. I used a stud finder to locate the studs in the wall first. Then I used my Ryobi Impact Driver to drive 3″ Spax screws through the brace and into each stud.
Be sure to check for level on each brace.
After the shelves dried, I placed each one over a brace and drilled a 1.5″ screw through the top of the box and into each brace. I used 2 per shelf, one on each side.
All finished! I LOVE the storage and function that floating shelves give without eating up a ton of space. Her room is already a wonky shape, and these were a perfect solution for that wall. Hope you love them as much as I do 🙂 Here are a few more shots!
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