How to Build a Bathroom Corner Shelf Part 1 How to Build a Bathroom Corner Shelf Part 1

What You'll Need
Tape measure
Wood glue
Safety goggles

Building a bathroom corner shelf can be one of the easiest ways to add storage space to a bathroom and enhance its aesthetics. Although doing it yourself can sound like a complicated job, you can follow the right instructions to build a corner shelf in no time and have fun doing it. This Part 1 of the 2-part series will teach you how to measure the wood, cut it and assemble it to build a frame. The tools and materials required for the job are given below.

Step 1 - Choose the Type of Wood

Although a lot of hardware stores have easy ready-to-setup corner shelf kits, they will not work for you as the wood used in those kits can not be painted. It is very important, however, to determine which type of wood you would want to use for building a bathroom corner shelf. If you plan on painting your shelf rather than staining it, Grade A plywood would be the best option. Another good option would be a softwood or hardwood. This guide will help you build a shelf using plywood.

Step 2 - Measure

Use a protractor to measure an accurate 90 degree angle from the corner for the corner shelf. Next, measure the length that you want your corner shelf to extend into the bathroom and note it down. Now, measure the length on the desired plywood using a tape measure. Use a string to draw an arc on the plywood between the length. This drawn arc will help you easily cut the plywood in a curve to make the shelves. Finally, measure the height you want your corner shelf to be. This will also determine the amount of shelves you can fit into the corner shelf frame.

Step 3 - Cut the Wood

Use a jigsaw to cut the wood carefully and accurately. Using a jigsaw will allow you to easily cut in a curving fashion too. Make sure you're wearing safety goggles while you do this as cutting plywood can send a lot of saw dust and splinters flying into the air and it can injure your eyes. Make sure you cut the wood to have pieces for a base, the sides, and the curved shelves in between.

Step 4 - Build the Frame

Now, you have to attach the base of the bathroom corner shelf with the sides. This can be easily done by using wood glue and screws. Make sure you attach them really straight when applying glue as any bends or uneven binding will negatively affect the structural strength of the corner shelf too.

Once you have attached the sides to the base, keep the frame aside. Part 2 will deal with attaching the frame to the wall, attaching the shelves and finishing the bathroom corner shelf.

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