Do It Yourself Floating Corner Shelves

create pocket holes on braces

Each short piece will have 2 pocket holes like below …

pocket holes in braces

Next, I used my Ryobi 18V drill to connect the little pieces to the longer wall cleats with 2.5″ pocket hole screws. I included a line of Titebond wood glue under each small piece before linking …

add wood glue
Building the floating shelf braces

Each cleat will have 3 little boards linked like this.

Building the shelf braces

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I attached them to the wall when I had all my braces built. Every wall is different, however this is the technique I have actually utilized on every floating shelf in my home.

These are the Spax screws I used to attach the braces to the wall. These are self-tapping and 3″ long. 3.5″ is a terrific length too.

Spax Screws

I marked lines on the wall where I wanted my shelves to sit. I utilized a stud finder to mark my studs on the wall. I used my Ryobi Effect motorist to go through the braces and into the studs in the wall. This is the level I use … Low-cost and works like a beauty!

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I attached the very first two braces and it looked a bit like this …

Frames on wall
how to attach a shelf to a wall

I measured 13 ” up from this brace to attach my next brace pieces utilizing the very same approach.

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Next, I generally covered the brace pieces. I began with the 1/4″ plywood for the bottoms of each rack. I utilized my Ryobi AirStrike nailer to attach these bottom pieces into the braces using wood glue and 1.25″ finish nails. A stapler will likewise deal with this part. I utilized my table saw to rip down the 1/4″ wood for this part, however you can also have Home Depot rip it down for you.

Attach bottom boards
Ryobi AirStrike Nail Gun

Now I attached my top 3/4″ boards. These are 1 ‘ 10 typical boards I discovered in the house Depot. I cut them to size using my miter saw, and connected them utilizing wood glue and 1.25″ surface nails.

Attach top pieces
add wood glue to top of shelf
attach top and bottom of shelves

I added my side pieces next using the very same technique … This is 1 ‘ 4 typical pine boards from House Depot.

wood glue
side shot of floating shelves

At this point I included my front pieces. I used wood glue and 1.25″ surface nails for this part.

Attach front boards
add glue to front board
Nail board to shelf brace

That’s it! I stained these racks using Varathane Kona stain. I also found some. Simpson Strong-Tie metal corners that I spray painted gold and attached using gold furnishings adds to each corner to dress each shelf up. I LIKE the outcome!

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