How to Build Open Kitchen Shelves

What You'll Need
1 panel interior plywood, 3/4 inch, 4 by 8 feet
Stud finder
Sawhorses, 2
Circular saw
Sandpaper, rough-grade and medium-grade
Paint or varnish
Power drill
Wood screws, 3 inch and 1/2 inch
Dust mask

Open kitchen shelves are a great solution if you need extra storage space. Installation is faster and less expensive than the acquisition of new cabinets. When you stack items neatly on shelves, it helps you to become more organized and increases efficiency. Items stored remain visible, which enables faster retrieval. You may also want to place decorative items on the shelves to enhance the décor of your kitchen. Open shelves can help to transform your kitchen, due to the airy feel. With a few basic materials and a bit of time, you can easily undertake this project with the help of the guide below.

Step 1 – Locate the Studs

Run a stud finder over the wall where you intend to mount the shelves. Mark the location of each stud as you identify it. Draw a line along the stud with your level.

Step 2 – Mark Location of Shelves

Decide how many shelves you want. If you require 3, use your level to draw 3 lines across the studs at intervals of 1 ½-feet apart. Shelves should be placed neither too high nor too low, to allow easier access.

Step 3 – Cut the Shelves

Wear a dust mask to avoid inhalation of sawdust. It is also best to wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from fine particles. Place the plywood on a pair of sawhorses. The width and length of the shelves will be determined by the space available. The type of items you intend to place on the shelves also helps to determine shelf size. A shelf that measures 3 feet long by 1 foot deep can accommodate various kitchen items comfortably. Cut as many shelves as you require that measure 1 by 3 feet with a circular saw. Use a straight edge to achieve straight cuts.

Step 4 – Sanding

Smooth the edges of each shelf with rough-grade sandpaper. Switch to medium-grade sandpaper, to smooth the edges as well as surface of the shelves.

Step 5 – Apply Finish

Apply a paint or varnish of your choice onto each shelf. Use smooth, long strokes, to create a consistent appearance. It is best to leave the shelves to dry overnight before you mount them.

Step 6 – Install Brackets

Begin with the top line. Place a bracket against the stud where the shelf line intersects with the stud line. The top of the bracket should be at the same level as the shelf line. Drive in 3-inch screws through the holes in the brackets into the studs. Move on to the next stud, place a bracket and drive in screws in the same manner.

Step 7 – Attach Shelves

Place a shelf on top of the brackets. Adjust its position until you’re satisfied with placement. Drive in ½-inch screws from the bottom of the shelf, through the bracket into the shelf. Proceed to attach your other shelves in the same manner.

Step 8 – Stack the Shelves

Arrange your items on the shelves.