How to Make Glass Floating Wall Shelves How to Make Glass Floating Wall Shelves

What You'll Need
Tempered glass
Wooden dowels

Glass floating wall shelves are an ideal feature for the bathroom or kitchen. These attractive shelves appear to be touching the wall without any support. They can actually hold a great deal of weight, despite their looks.

Step 1 - Get the Glass

For this project, you will need to buy some specially created tempered glass panels. These panels should be custom made to perfectly fit the place you want them. You cannot cut or shape tempered glass once it has been made, so they will need to be an exact match from the moment they arrive. Tempered glass is stronger and more shatter-resistant than normal glass, so it is ideal for floating wall shelves.

Step 2 - Prepare the Wall

Once the glass has arrived, you can begin the preparations for fitting it to the wall. Some glass floating shelves are actually slotted into the wall. If you would like to do it this way, you will need to carve out a small area where each shelf will be positioned.

The simpler way to hang your shelves is with a cleat. Get a cleat of the right size for your shelf, and fit one to the wall with screws or nails and your drill. If you wish to install heavy objects on your glass, you should consider putting your shelves into a corner, where two lines of cleats can support the glass. Add several screws to the outside of your cleat.

Step 3 - Hanging the Glass

Apply a layer of glue to the back of the glass. You can then add a piece of thin wooden doweling if you prefer. If you are hanging your shelves in a bathroom or kitchen, you will need to ensure that the glue you use is water-resistant; otherwise it may come away after installation and allow the shelves to collapse.

After the glue has dried, you can make a few small holes along the dowel. These holes should correspond with the screws fitted into the cleat. Add another layer of glue to the wood and push this onto the screws supported by the cleat. Hold the shelf in place for several minutes, until the glue has solidified. (If you cannot hold it for that long, support the shelf with books or something similar.) Once the glue is dry, you can add more support to the shelf by placing a wooden block at the bottom of each shelf.

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