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