Installing Floating Corner Shelves

Floating corner shelves are lovely additions to any room of yours, not only for their storage value, but also for the unique touch they lend to your interiors, without having to spend a fortune. You can easily make and install a floating corner shelf at home within a span of few hours.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Measuring tape
  • 2 wood boards
  • Miter saw
  • Circular saw
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Brush
  • Primer

Step 1 - Initial Steps

Choose the corner where you want to install the shelf. This article gives directions for a standard size floating corner shelf. Buy a board of pressure-treated wood or ply that is 6 feet by 1 by 2 inch in dimension. This will act as the bracing board. Purchase oak board that is laminated, and using a circular saw, size this up to 2 by 3 feet. The shelving need not be more than 1/4 inch in thickness.

Step 2 - Cutting Up

Take the 1 by 2 inch board and at one end of it, make a 45 degree angular cut with the help of a miter saw. Now from the end where you have made the cut, measure 16 inches with a measuring tape. At this point, place the miter saw blade that is set at 0 degrees and make a neat cut so that you get a 16 inches long board. Repeat the same steps to cut out the same length from the other wood board.

Step 3 - Installing Supports

You must have decided the height of the shelf from the ground and marked it. At this point you need to mount the supports or brace boards for the shelf. For this, align the brace boards to the wall and make holes at the corners using a drill into the wall so that the holes penetrate at least 3 inches into the wall surface. At all the corners, screw in the 2 1/2 inch drywall screws. Make sure that the 45 degree cut of the boards made for support go into the corner of the wall like a baseboard. Both the mounting boards must be at the same height and at the uniform level.

Step 4 - Making Shelf

Using a circular saw, make 2 cuts that are 16 inches square. Take the oak board and measure 16 inches from the outer edge and mark it. Measure from the position of the first mark, and use a straight edge to connect the marks. Now measure across the bottom surface of the board. Use the straight edge to connect this to the second mark made. Finally, cut the shelf out using the circular saw along the marks.

Step 5 - Final Installation

Keep the shelf made against the bracing board and drill holes through the back, inner surface of the shelf board until the holes enter into the brace boards. Now screw up using 1 1/2 inch screws. This completes the installation. Now you may paint the shelf with primer after it fits in place. Since this is a floating shelf it withstands much less weight compared to regular shelf models. Make sure that the screws are secured in place properly and that you do not top up the shelf with extremely heavy objects.