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DIY Floating Shelves Solid Wood

DIY Floating Shelves - The Kreative Life

For the longest I’ve had a blank wall in my front entryway. It’s been completely white with one tall bookshelf on display.

The bookshelf stood about 6 feet tall and with my two overactive boys it was a source of anxiety for me because I was afraid that the bookshelf would tip over and fall on one of them because they’d always run by it.

I solved my bookshelf dilemma by getting two shorter bookshelves and putting them in that space. The issue of the blank white wall was something I still needed to tackle.

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I painted the space as an accent wall, so now I had an empty brown wall with two brown bookshelves sitting in front of it.


I still needed to spruce it up a bit, so I had to look at several options. I thought about hanging a large mirror in the space since I have one laying around the house. The only issue with that is that I would need to frame it.

I could’ve filled the space with family photos, but both my husband and I have pretty large families and that would’ve been a lot of holes in the walls.

I decided to diy floating shelves from solid wood, so that I can add knick knacks in the empty area.

I’m not much of a craftsman (or woman), but this is how I was able to transform my space from blah to ba-zing (is that even a word?)! Enjoy!

DIY Floating Shelves Solid Wood Supplies

  • 8 – 1 x 4’s that are 6” long (for the short sides)
  • 8 – 1 x 6’s that are 18” long (for top and bottom)
  • 4 – 1 x 4’s that are 20” long (for front)
  • 4 – 2 x 2’s that are 18” long (for long support)
  • 12 – 2 x 2’s that are 3.5” long (for short support)
  • 1 ¼” Nails
  • 3” Screws
  • Stainable Wood Filler
  • Paint
  • Paint Tray
  • Goggles
  • Face Mask
  • Tape Measure

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How To Make Wood Floating Shelves

After I purchased my wood at a local hardware store, I used a to cut my 2 x 2’s and a circular saw to cut the 1 x 4’s and 1 x 6’s to the specified dimensions.

DIY Floating Shelves - The Kreative Life

DIY Floating Shelves - The Kreative Life

I used the 1 ¼” nails to secure the 6” – 1 x 4’s to the sides of the 1 x 6’s. I applied wood filler to the spaces in the wood and allowed it to dry.

DIY Floating Shelves - The Kreative Life

DIY Floating Shelves - The Kreative Life

Next I secured the 18” – 1 x 4 to the front of the frame. I used wood filler to fill in any spaces and set to dry. I then sanded the shelf using a sheet sander and grit 220 sand paper.

DIY Floating Shelves - The Kreative Life

DIY Floating Shelves - The Kreative Life

The 3.5” – 2 x 2’s were secured to the 18” – 2 x 2 using the screws to make the bar support. Then I attached the bar support onto the wall with the remaining screws.

DIY Floating Shelves - The Kreative Life

DIY Floating Shelves - The Kreative Life

After the shelves were painted and dry, then I slid the back of the shelf onto the bar support.

DIY Floating Shelves - The Kreative Life

Now my wall is complete! Have you tried your hand at something that’s a little more crafty than you’re used to? How did it turn out?

If you liked this tutorial, then you may like my decorative wood stained table!

These diy floating shelves are sure to add a personal touch to your home decor. Learn how to make floating shelves with this easy step-by-step tutorial. - The Kreative Life



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  1. I love that! I need to do something like this in our new home! We just have to make sure we have enough money to fund a little project like this. It looks so good.

    1. Hi, Heather! Local lumber yards may sell scrap wood for cheap!

  2. This was such a helpful post! I’ll definitely need to bookmark this for reference. I’ve been looking at a lot of floating shelves on Pinterest and lusting over them, so this has definitely been some more inspiration!

    Rebekah | rbekhaj.com

  3. Thanks for the idea! I love reading fictional books that’s why im planning on having floating shelves and I really love this one

    1. Hi, Rose Ann! These would be perfect for books!

  4. What a great post, they look gorgeous in your room too. Very clever I have bookmarked this 🙂

    1. Thank you, Elizabeth! I’m glad you like them!

  5. Your shelves look amazing! I could do with some for a space I have in my living room. I’m just not sure how good I am at DIY! LOL

    Louise x

    1. Hi, Louise! I’m not that great at woodwork, but this was pretty easy.

  6. I am so far from handy, but I think I could actually handle this DIY! Yours turned out great!

  7. This turned out so amazing! It’s amazing what those floating shelves can do for a room to look different.

  8. I have always wanted floating shelves. These look so beautiful in your space!

  9. Great project! I was wondering if you are planning to create a tutorial on how to build the bookcase you have pictured.

  10. It was too much for me. So I have been reading this article for a few days. I can easily understand your article. Now seeing your article, I will try to make it myself…
    So Thank you so much for sharing