Floating shelves are a great way to add some visual style to an empty space in your home, while looking effortless. They are also inexpensive and pretty simple to make. Here is a step-by-step tutorial and video to make floating shelves yourself!
4ftx4ft @ 1/2″ berch or maple ply (better quality when painted)
DAP Wood filler
3″ SPAX Screws (mounting french cleats)
Paint (if you dont use laquer paint, use primer first)
First, glue the pieces together. I like to use TITEBOND III. I don’t use it for the waterproof strength as much as for the longer assembly time before the glue starts to settle.
Keep a damp rag near by to wipe off any excess glue because it can get messy.
Make sure to leave a 1/2″ gap on the back to house the french cleat.
Now that the top and bottom is on, use wood putty to fill in the exposed plywood layers so you don’t have any gaps. Once the putty dries, sand down to 180 grit.
Next, mount the french cleat to the wall via 3″ screws into the studs through the wall.
Roll on paint using milk paint. It’s simple, beautiful and durable.
Finally, decorate the shelves.