DIY Floating Shelves

floating shelves

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In the midst of remodeling my office, I decided that floating shelves would be a perfect pair with my freshly built DESK! You can find that tutorial by clicking here. These shelves are super easy to build! I whipped them out in a little over an hour.

(1) 8ft 1X4
(1) 6ft 1X4
(1) 8ft 1X2
Black bracing brackets
wood glue
finishing nailer
Kreg Jig and Pocket Hole Screws  (optional but recommended)

Cut your 1X4 in half at 4ft so that you have (2) 4ft boards. If you don’t have a miter saw, the nice employees at Home Depot can make the cuts for you when you purchase your materials!

diyfloatingshelvesI recommend a kreg jig but if you don’t have one, you could use wood glue and finished nails in the joints. If you’re using a kreg jig, drill 5 pocket holes down ONE of your boards.diyshelvingSquare up both boards as shown in the picture. Make sure you pocket holes are facing towards the other board. Use wood glue in the joint and attach the two boards using 2 1/2 in pocket hold screws. If you didn’t use a kreg jig you could attach them using wood glue and finishing nails. Pocket holes will definitely make the self more sturdy.

Also, I chose to face my board with the pocket holes up because they would be sitting higher up on the wall and I didn’t want the holes to be visible from underneath. They are easily hidden once you decorate them.


Cut the 1X2 at 4ft and attach it to the front of the shelf using wood glue and finishing nails.

diyshelvingfloating shelves

Your shelf should look something like this!

floatingshelvesdiyI stained the shelf in Varathane’s Briarsmoke stain which is one of my favorites. I wanted to give it a little texture so I added some black corner braces to the edges of the shelf. Repeat these same steps for another shelf if you’re building more than one. I made one shelf at 4ft long and the other at 3 ft long. I used my handy dandy stud finder to find the studs in the wall and screwed the shelves directly into the studs with 2 inch wood screws (pre-drill your holes so your wood doesnt crack).

floating shelves


Thanks for reading! If you found this tutorial helpful or have any questions, please leave a comment! For ALL the details about the decor used to decorate my office (including the desk), read THIS POST!

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