DIY Floating Shelf

Hey friends!  Ash and I are SO pumped to share our very first YouTube video tutorial with you guys today!  When choosing which project to tackle on video first, we found it fitting to start with our most popular build…. The floating shelf.  We have built a ton of these bad boys, in different sizes and materials.  Today’s floating shelf we built are super inexpensive and easy to create.  First, check out our Floating Shelf Video! Just click the play button below!

Here are the overall finished dimensions of our shelf…

Dimensions of Floating Shelf


First step…. Make your cuts.  We used a miter saw to make our cuts.   The hardwood plywood comes in bigger sheets at the hardware store.  You can have the guys there cut it down for you to make it easier to get home.

Home Depot

Here are the cuts for 1 floating shelf.

Cuts for Floating Shelf

Second step…Build your box.  This shelf uses hardwood plywood and 1×6 to create the box.  For this box, we used wood glue and 1.25″ finish nails to attach all of our pieces.  Build the 4 sides first, and then glue and nail the top piece to that.

Floating Shelf Assembly

Ryobi AirStrike Nailer

We finished our box and stained it.  While it was drying we built the wall cleat.

This is made from a 2×4.  We made our cuts and then used our Kreg Jig to create 1.5″ pocket holes into each of the 3 smaller pieces.

Kreg Jig Pocket Holes

We attached each of those three pieces to the longer 2×4 using wood glue and 2.5″ pocket hole screws.

Building the floating shelf braces

Floating Shelf Support

Once we had the wall support assembled, we attached it to the wall using 3″ screws.  We used a stud finder to mark the studs in the walls and then drove the screws through the wall support and into the studs of the wall.  We often get asked how much weight these shelves will hold.  If you build and attach them correctly, they are strong! πŸ™‚

Our final step is fitting the shelf over the support.  The box just slides over the wall support.  We used 1.5″ screws through the top of the box and into the support to hold it in place.

Slide Floating Shelf over Support

Finished!  These hold just about anything… I found the arrow bookends at Pottery Barn, but they no longer carry them BUT I found almost an exact match (and cheaper) on Amazon HERE!

DIY Floating Shelves Video Tutorial

Hope we made that easy for you!  Be sure to check out the video tutorial HERE on YouTube and subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss anything!  We will be sharing new videos regularly!

Let us know if you have any questions at all and HAPPY BUILDING!


  1. Brooke on October 28, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    What color stain did you use?

  2. Tiffany on February 2, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    What is the thinkness if the plywood and what color is the stain?

  3. Veronica Barlow on October 2, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    I love these shelves! I was just wondering what is the thickness of the plywood?
    Thanks for your great ideas!

  4. Anonymous on September 15, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Why does this plan differ from another plan for floating shelves on your site? One of the other plans has me putting pocket holes into each board of the box.

  5. Alexa on July 29, 2018 at 9:57 am

    What color stain do you use?

  6. Tino Muro on August 8, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    What’s the name of the stain that you guys used? My girlfriend loves that color

    • Maria on May 4, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      Hi. I may have overlooked it but were you able to get the name of the color stain?

  7. Raelee on February 27, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Hi there!! I am in love with these! However I have been trying to figure out what color stain this is. Help! πŸ™‚ I just built a console table and I would love for the stains to match.


  8. Janet Rossi on July 25, 2016 at 7:42 am

    I notice some of your shelves have hardware for decor, how did you do that? Also, what is the stain color? Thanks.

    • kristy Todd on July 27, 2018 at 4:37 pm

      I would like to know too!

  9. Cristian Carrera on July 7, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Hello I was just wondering what the thickness of the plywood you used? Im assuming they are 3/4″in think to match the 1×6 but I want to make some this weekend but I want to make sure before I buy the material.

  10. chispitacarreras on July 7, 2016 at 10:19 am

    On your cut list there are only two pieces colored yellow for the cleat when there should be three. Just thought I would tell you–it threw me off for a minute, but then I figured it out. Great, great video!!!

  11. Karen on July 7, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Just in case you want to do a little fix on your video, cleat is spelled with ea and not ee. Sorry to be so picky; I’m a spelling nut and I didn’t want you to be embarrassed. You can delete this comment if you want. I love your site/tuts/show. And I did not even know until this video that you two were SISTERS! That’s even cooler!

    • Shanty2Chic on July 7, 2016 at 8:16 am

      Thank you! We did mean to fix that actually and it didn’t happen. Thanks for letting us know πŸ™‚

  12. Laura Kramer Dennison on July 7, 2016 at 3:56 am

    what color stain did you use and I know your video doesn’t show it but is there any sanding involved?

    • Michelle on April 13, 2018 at 11:35 am

      I wanted to know the same thing what stain and was there sanding? I want to make my pieces narrower not as thick as 5 and less depth..

      • Forrest Green on October 10, 2019 at 12:20 pm

        My experience after making some needing to match my existing bathroom cabinets. Light sanding and a coat of your desired stain/poly will give you a more rustic look. A second fine sanding of first coat and second coat application will give you a MUCH smoother finish.

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