DIY Floating Shelves

The first room I wanted done in my house was the main living room because it is the first room you see when you walk in. After some paint on the walls and ceiling (painting ceilings quickly moved above sanding on my list of least favorite house activities), we decided to make some floating shelves before we even had couches. I’m still trying to figure out what to put on them (yes, a year later) but at least I have the building part down.

DIY Floating Shelves

Here’s how we made our floating shelves:

We started off by building the actual shelf itself. Each shelf has 5 sides and the back is left open.

DIY Floating Shelves

The longer pieces are 30 inches long and 4 inches wide. If I had to make these again, I would probably make them a little wider because they are too thin to fit some of the decor pieces I would have liked to use. The ends are 4″ x 4″.

DIY Floating Shelves

Each piece is glued and nailed together to form the hollow box that is open in the back.

We screwed a small piece of wood to the walls where we wanted the shelves placed. Each piece is about 29″ x 2.5″ so that they fit snug inside the back of the shelf.

DIY Floating Shelves

We then could just slide our shelves onto the piece attached to the wall.

DIY Floating Shelves

And that’s all there was to it! The actual shelves fit tight enough around the piece attached to the wall to hold it up. If they don’t fit tight enough, you can nail or screw them from the top or bottom and secure them to the inside piece that has already been screwed into the wall.

DIY Floating Shelves

I’ve kind of given up on finding pieces that I really like to decorate the shelves with so I’m sure they will stay looking like this for awhile. Whether I switch up the decor or not, I still really like how the shelves turned out and you can’t beat a project that only took an hour!

DIY Floating Shelves