How to Make a Decorative Corner Shelf
Consider adding a decorative corner shelf to provide extra storage or a space to display your prized possessionsFollow these instructions to create a unique wooden corner shelf that matches your décor.
Step 1 - Design Criterion
Decide if you want your shelf to blend in or contrast your décor and choose an appropriate wood finish. You can also choose from a wide variety of paints and stains.
Determine the size of your corner shelf by holding a tape measure end into your corner. Measure along the wall choosing a radius that works. Write down the radius.
Estimate the maximum weight your shelf will endure. Divide this number by 4, and size the toggle bolts and screws accordingly.
Step 2 – Lay Out the Shelf
Find a square or rectangular scrap of solid wood with dimensions equal to or greater than your radius. Begin in a square corner and measure along the edge of the wood marking your radius. Repeat the measurement and mark along the other corresponding 90 degree edge.
Next, tie or tape enough string to your pencil equal to your radius plus about 6 inches. Use the string and pencil as a compass and press the free end of the string into the corner of your wood. Adjust the string so the pencil hits your radius marks. Draw a smooth arc on the wood connecting the 2 radius marks. You should have a ¼ piece of the pie.
Next, divide the radius into thirds and mark pilot hole locations at these intervals and ½-inch in from the straight edges of the pie piece. Mark locations for 4 pilot holes.
Step 3 – Lay Out the Ledgers
The ledgers will support your shelf. Rip 2 strips of wood—2 inches wide and your radius minus 1 inch long. Draw a ¼ rounded end on each ledger using a jar lid for a guide.
Next, divide each ledger length into thirds and lay out 2 holes, equally spaced along the length and width of each ledger. Mark the 4 pilot hole locations.
Step 4 – Lay Out the Wall
Choose the height of the top of your shelf. Subtract ¾-inch, and mark the corner. Hold a torpedo level into the corner and draw the 2 level radius lines on the wall.
Step 5 – Cut Out, Drill and Finish
Using a circular saw for the straight parts and a jig saw for the curved parts, cut out the 3 pieces of wood. Drill the 8 pilot holes. Finish the 3 pieces of wood to enhance your décor.
Step 6 – Install the Ledgers
Assemble toggle bolts through the ledgers and install the ledger tops along the wall radius lines. Only the inside corners will touch.
Step 7 – Install the Shelf
Install the shelf on the ledgers.