How to Build Your Own Floating Shelves

Learn how to build your own floating selves between two walls! This DIY takes no time at all and looks amazing! Love the modern feel of these shelving units.

There are two main type of open shelves that everyone wants in their homes: built-in shelving and floating shelves. Since we did both DIYs in our recent modern bathroom renovation, I wanted to share the tutorials. Last week I shared the Built-In Shelving secrets, and this week I’m showing you had we built our own floating shelves.

Learn how to build your own floating selves between two walls! This DIY takes no time at all and looks amazing! Love the modern feel of these shelving units.

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If you already have a saw and a couple of clamps, it costs next to nothing to build your own shelves! You can’t always buy shelves that fit perfectly into your space either, but this is a way to ensure that your shelves are the perfect size!

Materials

2×2 wood boards
Wood Stain of Your Choice
Polycrylic
Pine shelf board (or MDF)
Painters Tape
Screws
Drywall Anchors (if you don’t have studs)
Caulking
Wood Putty

Tools: 

Table Saw
Mitre Saw
Nail Gun and Finish Nails
Clamps

How do you Build Floating Shelves?

The first step is to determine location on wall and mark out using painters tape.

Learn how to build your own floating selves between two walls! This DIY takes no time at all and looks amazing! Love the modern feel of these shelving units.

Locate the wall studs and mark out your studs on painters tape. If you don’t have a stud intersecting with the location of the shelf on all 3 of your walls you can use drywall anchors.  Ensure that you have at least two studs or a drywall anchors on each wall for a minimum of two connection points (6 in total). If you plan to place heavy objects on the floating shelves you may consider having more connection points.

Learn how to build your own floating selves between two walls! This DIY takes no time at all and looks amazing! Love the modern feel of these shelving units.

Measure the width of the wall behind the floating shelves, take this measurement and subtract 1/4″ (this will allow 1/8″ of gap between the shelf and wall on each side). Then determine the depth of the shelf, we went with 8″. Build a 2×2 rectangular frame using these measurements.

Learn how to build your own floating selves between two walls! This DIY takes no time at all and looks amazing! Love the modern feel of these shelving units.

Install your 2×2 bracing at the correct height. Ensure that you have a screw connection to a stud or drywall anchor on each end of the 2x2s. Check that your brace is level prior to attaching it to the wall.

Learn how to build your own floating selves between two walls! This DIY takes no time at all and looks amazing! Love the modern feel of these shelving units.

We wanted a natural wood look so we used pine shelving boards that we could stain; however, if you plan to paint your shelves you can use MDF. Cut your three boards for the top, front, and bottom of your shelf. Cut the top and bottom boards to the width above, but add the thickness of the material you are using to your measurements. The front board will be the outside dimensions of your shelf (including thickness of the top and bottom materials).

Learn how to build your own floating selves between two walls! This DIY takes no time at all and looks amazing! Love the modern feel of these shelving units.

For the top and bottom boards cut a 45 deg mitre at the end that meets the front board. For the front board cut a 45 deg mitre on the top of bottom (you can see the small front board, with two 45 deg mitres in the second row in the photo above).

Learn how to build your own floating selves between two walls! This DIY takes no time at all and looks amazing! Love the modern feel of these shelving units.

We stained our boards with my favourite natural stain, and then protected them with Polycrylic.

Learn how to build your own floating selves between two walls! This DIY takes no time at all and looks amazing! Love the modern feel of these shelving units.

Install your finished boards to the 2x2s, using a nail gun and finish nails. Once the shelf is installed, use wood putty to fill the nail holes and any gaps between your mitres. Use caulking to fill any gaps between the wall and shelf.

Fill up those shelves and enjoy your new modern floating shelves!

Learn how to build your own floating selves between two walls! This DIY takes no time at all and looks amazing! Love the modern feel of these shelving units. Learn how to build your own floating selves between two walls! This DIY takes no time at all and looks amazing! Love the modern feel of these shelving units. Learn how to build your own floating selves between two walls! This DIY takes no time at all and looks amazing! Love the modern feel of these shelving units. Learn how to build your own floating selves between two walls! This DIY takes no time at all and looks amazing! Love the modern feel of these shelving units.

These shelves are exactly what I wanted! You can’t find custom built shelves like this anywhere! I’m SO happy with how the project turned out :)

You can also learn how to easily make Built-In Shelves!

Make your own modern Built-In Shelving with this simple DIY tutorial. Love the natural wood used in this beautiful bathroom renovation! Great tutorial for DIY shelving in the bedroom, living room, or any room!

If you haven’t see it, be sure to check out the full Bathroom Renovation!

Learn to cut glass and build your own modern mirrors with this DIY tutorial! A simple way to re-use those old mirrors and turn them into something sleek and beautiful! Love the natural wood accents!

9 thoughts on “How to Build Your Own Floating Shelves

  1. They are so gorgeous in your bathroom! Love the tutorial, and hopefully I’ll have a reason to use it in the near future! Thanks for sharing it with us on The Creative Circle Link Party!

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