How to Make a Homemade Stereo Shelf

What You'll Need
Wall Brackets
Spirit Level
Paint or Stain

If you need a stereo shelf that is customized to your specific needs, one solution is to build it yourself. Homemade shelving provides the flexibility of customization and also helps cut the costs. If you would like to make your own stereo shelf, simply follow the instructions below.

Step 1 – Measure

Decide where you want your stereo shelf to be installed and measure the space that is available. When choosing a location, consider how you will hook it up to any other home entertainment systems, speakers and any electrical sockets. Measure your stereo system and any other components you wish to place on the shelf. Remember to allow extra depth behind the system if the power lead protrudes slightly. If you have the space available, it is worthwhile allowing yourself additional space for any future expansion or replacement equipment.

Step 2 – Choose Materials

The type of shelving you use will depend on your budget and how you want the finish to look. If the wood will be painted then plywood or MDF are an excellent choice of shelving material as they are strong but not too expensive. If you want to stain the wood and have it blend in with the rest of your furniture, it will most likely be a little more expensive. Brackets are available in a wide range of materials, designs and colors. Pay attention to any information about the maximum weight they hold and remember to include the weight of the wooden shelf in your calculations.

Step 3 – Prepare Wood

Cut the shelving material to the required length and depth. For a secure fit in an alcove, cut the wood very slightly larger than required and sand it down to fit. If you need to drill a hole in the shelf to allow the power leads and connection cables to be attached, do it before installation otherwise it may be difficult the get the correct drilling angle. Make the hole big enough for the leads to pass through easily as this will make it easier to disconnect everything if required in the future.

Step 4 – Paint or Stain Wood

Sand the wood down, and then apply the first coat of paint or stain. If painting, you may want to apply a coat of primer first to improve the adhesion of the paint and assist coverage. Allow the first coat to dry completely before applying a second.

Step 5 – Install Brackets

Measure and mark the position of the brackets on the wall and use a spirit level to make sure that they are completely level before you begin drilling. Some brackets will come supplied with screws but if you supply your own, make sure that they are long enough and wide enough to support the weight and use wall plugs for added support if required. Once the brackets are in place, check that they are level and make any necessary adjustments.

Step 6 – Attach Shelf

Attach the shelf securely to the wall brackets then test it's strength with something the same weight as the stereo system but less breakable. Finally, install the stereo and speakers and hook it up to any other home entertainment equipment.