DIY Ideas For Floating Shelves

The problem with traditional shelves is that the displayed materials cannot be easily seen. Thankfully, there are what we call “floating shelves”. The major concern of these shelves is their carrying capacity. To increase it, invisible brackets must be installed.

To do so, you will need these things:

  • 1-inch thick wood
  • Floating shelf brackets
  • Drill bit
  • Power drill
  • Hammer
  • Saw
  • Level
  • Carpenter’s Triangle or Square
  • Wall Anchors
  • Stud finder


  1. Cut a plank of wood into a semi-circle shape with a diameter of 17.5 inches.
  2. Locate the studs using the stud finder and position the shelf where it is supposed to be hung. With the use of a level, draw a marking line for shelf’s top placement.
  3. Using the line marks, position the brackets and mark the spots for drilling of holes. Space evenly so that the brackets can ensure the weight distribution of the shelf. These holes will be inserted with anchors.
  4. As the holes are finished, mount the brackets according to the instructions. Use the level to maintain its elevation.
  5. After installing the anchors and brackets, position the shelf accordingly. Locate the centre point of the brackets and draw marking lines on the wooden shelf.
  6. Draw a line from the marked spots until the back of the wooden shelf that faces the wall.
  7. With the backside of the shelf facing you, mark the midpoints of the line drawn with an intersecting symbol. At this intersection, drill a hole with the same size of the diameter of the brackets installed. Start drilling as straight as possible with a depth of around 4.5 inches.
  8. Carefully place the wooden shelf to the mounting brackets until they are completely joined and at the same time, well-elevated.
  9. Now, you can add some paint or varnish to provide that nice finish.