When brainstorming ideas for my office wall decor, a floating wood shelf came to mind for my frames and other decor. It would also work well for adding some rustic charm which I love. I definitely had to have one!
Originally, I was thinking of buying one, because a shelf shouldn’t be that expensive right? But, of course they were more $ than I wanted to spend and the less expensive ones all looked like fake wood. After lots of research on the best way to build a floating shelf, I decided to go with these build plans from Shanty-2-Chic, but modify them some so they’d be more apartment wall friendly and also not as thick/big.
Here are the wood sizes and cuts I started with in order to make a floating shelf that measures 49.5″ long x 2.5″ high x 7.25″ wide:
- One 2×2 @ 48″ long and three 2×2 @ 5.75″
- One 1×8 @ 48″ long
- One 1/4″ thick plywood sheet @ 48″ long x 7.25″ wide
- One 1×3 @ 49.5″ long and two 1×3 @ 7.25″
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First, using my kreg jig, I drilled two pocket holes into my three 2×2 @5.75″ pieces. Then, I attached them to my 2×2 @48″ to create the floating shelf support brace.
The shelf support brace was added to the wall with 3″ long screws (we drilled pilot holes first through the wood).
Before assembling all of the remaining wood, I stained the parts of the wood that would show on the shelf. I didn’t want to risk getting any stain on the walls since we are renting! I used Minwax Weathered Oak and then Provincial for the stain finish and sealed it with a satin poly finish.
I attached the bottom plywood piece first with screws. I used screws instead of nailing it because I want to easily be able to remove the shelf when we move.
After adding the bottom, I attached the top pieces and then the side and front pieces with 1.25″ brad nails and my brad nailer.
Overall, it was a pretty simple build and I love the end result!
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What do you think of my floating shelf DIY for the office?! If you want to see more office wall decor DIY ideas, you can check out my DIY wood sign (with a free printable too).
Also, if you’d like to see how to make floating shelves with brackets instead, check out my DIY floating shelf brackets post
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