Are you looking for a little more usable storage space in your home?
We are a family of 5 in a decent sized house of 1905 square feet, but I have a weird obsession for books and not enough places to keep them. Do I read a bunch of books? No. Do I look through my photo albums often? Also, no.
Still, these objects give me warm and fuzzy feelings that just make me happy just looking at them. Plus, we have a bunch of mementos from traveling and just living life. The problem was not having anywhere for these things to be displayed. Then one day, while lying on my couch and looking at the pretty wallpaper in our alcove, I realized that was a perfect place for display shelves.
If you are embarking on a simple home improvement project like easy to make built-in shelves, check out these steps –
Sketch the space.
Create a rough sketch of the current area you are planning to build in. Be sure to include things that may seem little but might change the placements of the shelves. This can include light switches, electrical outlets, charging outlets, or architectural molding. For my shelves, I had to build around all of these things.
Measure everything presently in place.
It is so important to make sure to measure this accurately. This can help you figure out where each shelf should go. It also helps you to know how wide and deep the shelves will be as well as the supports.
Draw it out and make a list.
Now that you have the measurements, it’s time to draw out the shelf placement. This will help you make a supplies list. For my build I used 2″x2″ lumber for the supports, wood planks for the shelves, and wood screws for the fasteners. All of this will be determined by the number of shelves you will have and sizes. At most home improvement stores, they can cut lumber to size so it is VERY important to know the EXACT measurements you need.
Paint the shelves and supports.
It is SOOO much easier to do this before installation. For my build I painted the wood before even cutting to length, but you can do this before you cut these to length if you are running low on paint.
Mark Shelf Support Locations and install them.
I made sure to mark the dimensions from the floor to the bottom of the first shelf; remember to use a pencil lightly. For each additional shelf, mark the space between the bottom of each shelf. Then I also use a long level to draw a line that the top of the support needs to line up with. It’s much easier to do this than hold the 2×2 on the wall while trying to screw it in place and making sure it’s level – all at the same time.
Add the shelves.
Shelves should easily be placed on the supports if everything was measured and cut properly. Attached them to the supports with the fasteners. Now you are ready to start decorating!
Hoping this tutorial easy to make built-in shelves help! I’m so happy about how these turned out! And so so so happy to have space for all these special things. This is a view from my bedroom. When I wake up each morning, this is what I see and am so happy!
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