A guide to DIY Shelving


Creating DIY shelving can be a rewarding project that not only adds functionality but also a personal touch to your space.

Here's a step-by-step guide to help you build your own DIY shelving with less of the fuss and headaches.

Materials You'll Need

  1. Wooden Boards: Choose the type of wood you prefer (e.g., pine, plywood) in the desired dimensions for your shelves.
  2. Shelf Brackets: These will support your shelves and can be decorative or plain, depending on your preference.
  3. Wall Anchors and Screws: To securely attach the brackets to the wall.
  4. Measuring Tape and Level: For precise measurements and alignment.
  5. Saw: To cut the wooden boards to your desired lengths.
  6. Sanding Paper or Electric Sander: To smooth rough edges.
  7. Paint or Stain (optional): To finish and protect the wood.
  8. Paintbrush or Staining Cloth: For applying paint or stain.
  9. Safety Gear: Including safety glasses and hearing protection when using power tools.

Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Plan Your Shelves
  • Decide where you want your shelves and measure the available space. Consider the size and weight of items you'll be placing on them.
  • Determine the number and size of shelves you want.
Step 2: Choose and Cut Your Wood
  • Purchase wooden boards in the dimensions you've planned.
  • Use a saw to cut the boards to your desired shelf lengths. If you don't have a saw, many home improvement stores can cut the wood for you.
Step 3: Sand the Edges
  • Use sandpaper or an electric sander to smooth the cut edges of the boards. This step is essential for a polished and safe finish.
Step 4: Finish the Wood (Optional)
  • If you want to add color or protect the wood, now is the time to paint or stain it. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the paint or stain you choose. Allow the finish to dry completely before moving on.
Step 5: Locate Wall Studs
  • Use a stud finder to locate the wall studs where you want to install the shelves. This will ensure they can support the weight.
Step 6: Install the Brackets
  • Attach the brackets to the wall at the desired height, aligning them with the wall studs. Use wall anchors and screws for a secure hold. Ensure the brackets are level.
Step 7: Place the Shelves
  • Carefully set the wooden boards on top of the brackets. You can screw the boards into the brackets from underneath for extra stability, but this is optional.
Step 8: Secure the Shelves (Optional)
  • If you have concerns about the shelves moving or sliding, you can use small L-brackets to attach them to the brackets or the wall.
Step 9: Decorate and Organize
  • Once your shelves are securely in place, decorate and organize them to your liking. Add your favorite books, plants, decor items, or whatever you'd like to display.
Step 10: Enjoy Your DIY Shelves
  • Stand back and admire your handiwork. Your DIY shelves are not only functional but also a reflection of your creativity and style.

Building your own DIY shelving can be a fun and rewarding project. Plus, it allows you to customize your space exactly how you want it.

Remember to take safety precautions when using power tools and to measure carefully for a polished finished product.