How To Build Wall Shelves

Need to know how to build wall shelves for your house? Wall shelves are a part of your home, not just a self-contained unit. If planned right, the shelves will look like a part of the rest of your house by using the same color or stain as the trim in the rest of the house. Carefully plan how and where your wall shelves will look in the room.

To build wall shelves you will need:

  • Stud finder
  • Wall brackets
  • Level
  • Chalk line
  • Finish board
  • Screws
  • Screw driver
  • Paint or Stain  
  1. Find the studs in the wall. Using your stud finder, scan the wall and mark the studs with a pencil. The site of the studs may need movement of the wall shelves a few inches in one direction. Space the studs sixteen inches apart. This is enough support for to brackets on a short shelf. Use three studs on longer shelves.
  2. Attach the brackets to the wall. The wall shelves will sit on top of the wall brackets. The brackets will mount into the stud. You can buy metal and wood brackets in different shapes and styles. Make sure the bracket fits under the shelves. If matching the brackets to the decor of the room, paint or stain them before installing. Chalk a line, using a level as a guide, to mark the wall shelves and the length of the stud center. Screw in the brackets to the center of the stud.
  3. Hang your wall shelves. Use a 1 x 10 inch piece of soft wood board. For a more decorative look, Glue a narrow piece trim on the front edge. Paint or stain the board to match the interior trim of the room. The wall shelves can either be simply set on the brackets or screwed on wall bracket.

Remember to take your time planning when picking a site for your wall shelves. You most likely will not want to move them. After they are put into place, don't overload your wall shelves. Your shelves do have a weight limit,so use your best judgement.

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