Are you tired of scouring through thrift shops and furniture stores looking for the perfect shelf? Instead of waiting for the ideal shelf to fall into your lap, why not build one? In this article, we compiled steps on how to create three different types of shelves. Whether you are a novice or a professional carpenter, there is something for you on this list that will make the perfect display case.
Simple Steps for Building Stunning Shelves
While building shelves sound like a dramatic undertaking, the process is quite easy. If you need some quick storage and do not care about the general style of the shelves, then this list is for you. Not to mention the fact that you save a bunch of money by building it yourself. No one wants to make a crummy shelf that is crooked and has nails sticking out. Luckily, you do not need to fear. As long as you follow our instructions carefully, you will end up with stylish shelves you can be proud of when you show them off.
Different Shelves You Can Make
We understand that everyone may not have the same experience level when it comes to building their shelves, so we included three different methods. All of these methods are relatively simple, but some are harder than others. These methods start easy and gradually increase in difficulty as they go along.
1) Easy Shelf With Boards and Bricks
While this method might night fit the style of every home, it is without a doubt the easiest way to build a shelf on this list — you do not even need any tools. And, if you live in an urban environment, like an apartment with exposed brick, this table will fit right into the industrial-home hybrid style. Al you need is two pieces of shelf board and eight red bricks (or four cinder blocks)
Place the first four bricks down and against the wall. Make sure you stack them on top of each other in groups of two. Spread the cubes far enough apart, so the shelf broads hang over the edge by around a half an inch. Once you finished this step, repeat the same process. This process will add another level to the shelf. That is all it takes to make this easy shelf for television, books, or artwork.
2) Simple Wall Shelf
This method is a little more complicated than the first method, but it is still very doable for the novice home improver. Before you begin, you will need brackets, shelves to match them, a tape measurer, a power drill, screws, and a screwdriver. Keep in mind that this method of building shelves with leave holes in your walls, so if you are trying to save your security deposit, then you should probably try a different way of storing objects on wall space.
Before you begin, you will first want to lay down a cloth to catch any debris made by the drill or
screwdriver. When hanging a wall shelf the first step is figuring out where in the room you want it. Once you have a general idea, it is time to get more specific. Bracket wall shelves must be straight, or else things will slide right off of them. Place the bracket on the wall exactly where you plan to hang it and mark the location in the hole of the bracket with a pencil. This spot your market will be where you drill later on.
Once you marked the first position with a pencil, use a tape measure to measure out the length of your shelf. Make sure the line stays straight. Now use a masonry drill bit to drill a hole into the wall. However, before you dig to make sure that there are no electrical systems or pipes located behind the wall, or else this may damage them. Now that you made a hole in the wall, you should place the bracket where you want it to hang. Then, take the screws and drill them into each side. Test the shelve and make sure you secured it to the wall. Place the shelf on top and test it to make sure it is stable and level.
Now that the board is on the support it is time to secure them to the brackets. For this, you will use the screw and screwdriver. Make sure you only use tiny, thin screws, or else the may penetrate the top part of the shelf after you screw them in. Check to make sure the new rack is secure. If it is safe, then you are all ready to hang stuff on it. Once you are done, make sure you clean up the used sheet with the dust and debris. These types of desks look great with books, candles, flowers, pictures or ornaments.
3) The shelf that Can Stand On Its Own
This method is the most advanced building in this article, but even it does not require much skill. Anyone with properly cut wood and some nails can make a simple and quaint shelf. During this project, you will need either pin and a hammer or wood glue. If you plan on moving, then you will likely want to use screws so you can disassemble the shelf for the move and then reassemble it later. If you make it with wood glue, then you will not be able to take it apart without breaking it.
For this project, you will need three separate shelf boards that are two centimeters thick — no more and no less. You will also need support for the shelf board (also known as cleats), two vertical support panels for the sides, a top piece of wood that is longer than the shelf boards and some hardboard for the back section of the shelf.
First, you should measure out the appropriate size you want your freestanding shelf to be and then cut the vertical board to fit this height you have chosen. Once you finish this, it is time to attach the cleat to the first vertical support panel. You can use either nail and a hammer or wood glue to accomplish this task. Once you finish then you can repeat this step for the second vertical support. You now made the base of your shelf unit. Line these separate base components apart from each other, so they match the length of your shelf board.
Next, nail or glue your first shelf board to the top of the support base. Make sure the ends of this board line up precisely with the supports. You do not want them overhanging like in the first shelf method. Once you have the shelf where you want it, then attach it to the support panels using either wood glue or nails. Now, repeat these last two steps for each level, adding the appropriate support beams and then the corresponding shelf piece.
Once you made three levels of shelves, it is time to put on the last piece. The top rack does not require any cleats. Make sure this top section rests a little over the edge of the shelf and secure it using either glue or nails. Finally, add the thin sliver of the backboard to the back of the cupboard. Attach it with either nails or glue. This backboard piece makes sure the shelf if secure and does not tilt or lean to one side. And that is it! You made your first freestanding shelf.
Once you finish with the shelf, you can paint the tray any color you want, or you can keep it the same color as the wood.
If you live in an area with frequent earthquakes, then it can be a good idea to use a tack or something similar to keep loose items secure on the shelves. Otherwise, they may fall and hurt someone. Of course, you should not limit yourself to these options. All of these options are good if you want to learn how to make your shelf, but there are plenty of creative options that you can do with store-bought options. If you're going to utilize a corner, then a corner shelf can squeeze perfectly into the wall.
For example, “invisible shelves” can be attached to the walls. When you have books on these walls, it looks like the books are floating in midair. If you are into skateboarding, then you can also try hanging a skateboard on the wall as a shelf. While this idea might seem extreme, it can look great if it matches the style
We hope this article was helpful during your crafting process. Taking on any home improvement project can be stressful, so do not beat yourself up if the bookshelf did not turn out the way you imagined it looking — mainly if it was your first time attempting it. Just identify what you did wrong, learn from your mistake and try again. Good luck with building your set of stunning shelves!