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Floating Shelves - How to Optimize Floor Space while Saving Money

by Paula Volpe Myhrer 01/11/2020


 Photo by U.U. via Pixabay

Floating shelves offer your space a more streamlined look. Your walls seem less cluttered, which allows your focus pieces to take center stage.

Because floating shelves require less space than traditional shelves, you can put them anywhere all while maintaining your floor space below. They can be any length you choose -- within reason. You can even work around more permanent features like a fireplace, doorway, outlet or window.

You'll be surprised just how easy and affordable it is to install floating shelves and home much they'll delight guests and prospective homebuyers alike. You'd expect something this elegant to require specialized tools and a lot of engineering knowledge to avoid collapse. But follow these simple steps and you'll be enjoying your own in no time.

What you'll need

  • Floating shelf brackets
  • 20mm paddle drill bit 
  • Electric drill - *Pro Tip* Borrow. Don't buy unless you do projects like this frequently. 
  • Stain, poly & brushes
  • Palm sander
  • Your hardwood of choice - Poplar, oak, maple, walnut or cherry works great.

How to create floating shelves

Here's your step-by-step guide.

Measure your space

Determine how large to make your shelves. To achieve a floating effect, avoid stopping them right at the edge of other features. Give it some space. 

*Pro tip* - Mom & Pop hardware and lumber stores will often cut the wood for you, so you don't have to worry about getting a saw. 

Drill holes for brackets

Each bracket has two 6-inch steel rods. Measure the halfway point between them and mark the wood where it will be against the wall. Drill a 1" wide hole into each shelf edge, 7" deep.

Sand & stain

It's time to sand and stain. This process is very straight forward. But do this outside because sawdust will fly everywhere. Sanding not only smooths any rough spots. It also helps the shelves hold a more even stain for a flawless finish. 

*Pro tip* Test your stain on an extra piece of the same wood. Stains can be unpredictable depending on the hue of the wood, how it absorbs the dye, etc. You may need to mix two stains to achieve the desired darkness and color.

Find the studs & install brackets

Install brackets directly into the studs, spaced apart to align with the holes that you drilled into your shelves so that the brackets slid easily into those holes.

Arrange your shelves

Place your shelves over the wall brackets. Because of their design, floating shelves can hold significant weight. But that defeats the purpose. Less is more on a floating shelf. So plan and arrange pieces that accentuate each other.

That's how to build a floating shelf. Follow our blog for more helpful home maintenance and design tips.

About the Author
Author

Paula Volpe Myhrer

I love what I do and after raising my children as a stay-at-home mom, I'm blessed to be a full-time Real Estate agent today. I have been married over 26 years to my husband, Dave, and we have two grown boys. I love God, traveling, the outdoors, and having quality time with my friends.

  
After earning my MBA, I moved back to Brazil with my husband, working and livingthere for 11 years before moving to Michigan in 2003.
I have been a resident of Troy for 17 years. I have invested in properties, remodeled, sold and managed rentals in Ferndale, Royal Oak, and Sterling Heights.

 
Having relocated I understand the importance of having a pro on your side. Real estate transactions are often very emotional experiences. It is a major financial step. I truly understand what you are going through in making a move.From relocating, downsizing, upsizing or finding that perfect 2nd home for getaways or investment, I can help! 

 
I believe in giving you my full attention & carefully listening to your needs and wants. I'm here to guide you through the process! I pride myself on being available to my clients; I will always be responsive to your call,text, or email!
I am fluent in English and Portuguese.
 

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing”.
Pele