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How to Build Shelves to Go Around the Room

Building shelves is a way of adding architectural style and storage space around any room. There are many different kinds of shelves, but the best options for shelves around a room are floating shelves, which are anchored to the wall itself. Floating shelves are capable of holding up some weight and are therefore very useful.


Step 1

Draw up a plan of how you want the shelves to go around the room.  Here think of whether you want the shelves to be scattered or around the room in a line.


Step 2

Cut a thick piece of solid wood, such as oak, approximately 2 feet long, 1 foot wide and 2 inches thick.  Use a power miter saw to make a clean cut.


Step 3

Drill a hole slightly larger than the screw head you’ll be using to attach the floating shelves at the center of one of the edges of the shelf, about 2 inches from one end. 


Step 4

Repeat Step 3 on the opposite end of the same edge, about 2 inches from the end. 


Step 5

Drill two screws with a drywall stud into the area where you want to install the floating shelf.  They must be at an equal distance as the holes on your shelf.


Step 6

Sand the shelf using sandpaper until the entire surface of the shelf is smooth. 


Step 7

Finish the shelf with wood finish, stain or paint. 


Step 8

Attach the shelf to the wall by driving the screw heads into the holes drilled during Steps 3 and 4. 


Step 9

Repeat Steps 1 through 8 around the room wherever your design indicates. 

Things You Will Need

  • Oak wood planks, about 2 inches thick
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood finish
  • Wood stain
  • Paint