Shelving is one of the essentials of any home, allowing for a bunch of storage to be had without having to take up any of your floorspace. Thankfully, it’s also remarkably simple to create it as long as you have some basic DIY skills and some tools around. Follow our guide closely, and pretty soon you’ll have something you can be proud of to lay your stuff on.
These are simple, bracketed shelves and you can make them from any kind of scrap.
3.) Place the Brackets
Placing the brackets for the best support will require a stud finder. If you don’t have one, be aware that studs are generally placed 16” from each other and maybe try knocking around. Be careful before driving holes, the last thing you need is a brand new electrical or plumbing problem.
Mark the studs and put up the first bracket by driving three screws into it. One as close to the 90° corner as you can get and the other two on the lower sides of the bracket to the right and left of the angled piece.
Before you drive them, make sure they’re all level. In reality almost nothing is actually squared so use a level even if you measure from the roof.
If you have trouble keeping stuff level, here’s a handy tip: don’t drive the first screw all the way down and instead put it about halfway in and check it with the level. Angle it until everything is leveled off then zip it in. You can then use your level to ensure the next one is even and keep going until they’re all up.
4.) Attach the Shelf
Now, you’ll want to cut your actual shelving material to size. Try not to extend it too far past the brackets and for the cleanest look you’re going to want to make it flush on the sides.
Just cut it with your saw and you’ll be good to go. After that, attaching it to the brackets is simple: drive two screws into each bracket for the best results.
Before you go about attaching things there’s one more thing you’ll want to do. Mark the actual shelf with the center of each bracket so you can get the screws as close as possible to the center. It will look cleaner and provide slightly better support at the end of the day.
- Use something sturdy for the shelving, at least 3/8” is probably a good idea and ½” is even better.
Now that you’ve got it all attached, you’re done and ready to start loading those shelves up and taking advantage of your sweet new storage space.