14 Unique Diy Shelving Ideas
Repeat this step again—attaching studs and 2×4 to the wall with the help of a leveler—until you have the number of shelf boards you desire. Give a reasonable distance between the first shelf board and the next one, let’s say 17 inches. Measure and mark the lines for the vertical cabinet dividers, and then place the dividers. Use pocket holes to attach the top edge of each divider, and mark and screw through the bottom of the cabinet to secure the bottom edge of the each divider.
First hold up the longer wall cleat and mark where your studs are. Repeat with your shorter wall cleat, making sure you start 1-1/2” out from the wall to compensate where the first cleat will be. Drill two pilot holes for the torx screws. Using a level hold the longer cleat up to the wall and drive 3” torx screws at the marked locations .
But as time got closer for us to move in, there were too many other things to finish up. So I only had time to build and install one on each side. But now that things have settled down, I’ve finally found time to build and hang the other two. So I thought I would share the process in this article.
Then factor in a bit of extra cash for furring strip wood, the corner pillar wood piece, caulk, screws, paint, etc. To reinforce the back corner where the two shelves meet, we used a 2×2 piece of wood. The shelves are attached to the 2×2 with metal L-brackets, two on each level. Everyone should own a cordless drill/driver. These tools revolutionized carpentry, and drive screws the same way as electric power drills. They are light, fit into tight corners and adapt to either drill bits or screw-tips in seconds.
You probably couldn’t imagine a curved shelf, so keep in mind this aspect, when doing measurements and holes. It is better to repeat the alignment, than building wrong and useless wall shelves. In addition, we used 2×2 lumber to build the brackets we need, in order to install the shelves.