How To Build Wall Shelves

Start from the top–the distance between the first shelf and the ceiling. The distance could be more or less, 12 inches. It’s totally dependent on your choice and what you want to put up there. We only advise that you give an even space between the ceiling and the first shelf. This is so you don’t get to put pressure on the ceiling by pressing your items to close to the ceiling, and you don’t want to keep it too far, so it doesn’t look odd. Install furring strips over the studs on the walls to create a cavity to run wires to the new television wires, and to act as the nailer for the shelves.

We can use standard dimensions that have proven themselves reliable over the years to answer this question (Fig. B). Changing any dimension affects the rigidity of a shelf. The biggest returns come with adding thickness and choosing a strong material. These two factors are the foundation of sag-proof shelf design. With everything in the shed up off the floor, there’s more than enough floor space for the bikes.

Your ledger board should be approximately ½ shorter than the inside length of your shelf so the shelf will easily fit into the shelf support frame. You can build the frame to fit more snuggly, but it makes it more difficult to slide the shelf on and I’ve found that it’s not necessary to have that tight of a fit. I used your shelves as a strategy for my 4.5×2’ kitchen pantry closet. Modified it a little by using primed pine with smaller 8” side shelves inside the double door. Also left room at the bottom for a 26” high storage cabinet With drawers for extra use of the floor space.

Remove the support board and add your drywall anchor. Then, screw through the pre-drilled hole just enough so that the tip of the screw is sticking through your support board. Decide how much space you would like between each of your shelves. We placed our bottom shelf 16″ from the floor and then placed the support boards 11.5″ apart from each other. This will make the top of one shelf 12″ from the bottom of the 1×2 of the shelf above it.

These contemporary-style shelves consist of rectangular boxes made of ¾-inch-thick hardwood-veneer plywood, such as birch or red oak plywood. The shelves can be built to virtually any dimension, but are typically about 6 inches deep x 8 inches tall x 24 to 36 inches long. And while you can install a single shelf, they’re usually installed in groups of two or more, creating an attractive shadow box pattern. These simple DIY shelves really added storage to this linen closet. Be inspired to create your own custom shelving while being budget-friendly.

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