8 DIY Shelves Projects | DIY Formula

8 DIY Shelves Projects

DIY shelves are a fun, creative way to personalize your home and help you stick to a budget. Use them to display your favorite books, trophies, collectibles, souvenirs, and trinkets in a way that draws the eye and adds character to your space. Building your own shelves may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right materials and step-by-step instruction, you will have your own shelves up in no time. Here are some great tutorials to help you get started.

1. DIY Rope Shelves

Rope shelving is a unique twist on popular floating shelves. The thick rope gives this modern look a bit of rustic charm. This is a simple project, even for a beginner, that can be done in less than a half hour. It is a great way to display decorative items in your home.

Level of difficulty: Easy

Duration: 20 minutes

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2. DIY Frame Handmade Shelves

These DIY shelves are wonderful for a home office space or kid’s study area. They are super easy to assemble and you may even be able to use old picture frames and scraps of wood you already have on hand. You may want to carve out a few hours to complete this project, to allow for glue and paint drying time.

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Duration: 2-3 hours

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3. DIY Wooden Crate Shelf

For a fun upgrade on a classic shelf, try making this wooden crate shelf. The tutorial below will give you hints on how you can save money on quality crates along with how to make these DIY shelves. This project may take several hours to complete, with a moderate difficulty level.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Duration: 1-2 hours

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4. DIY Floating Shelves

Corner shelves are perfect for adding character and functionality to tight spaces. This project requires a little bit of carpentry skill, but even a beginner can quickly learn with this great step-by-step tutorial. Prepare to work on these DIY shelves for two hours or more.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Duration: 2-3 hours

Materials You Need:

  • Wood boards
  • Table saw
  • 1×1 boards (2 per shelf)
  • Face board, measured to cover the gap and top and bottom boards
  • Nail gun and nails
  • Wood glue
  • Sand paper
  • Wood filler
  • Wood stain

 

5. DIY Geometric Shelves

Geometric shelves are a quirky way to liven up a wall in any room. Perfect for displaying decorative soaps in a bathroom or a small potted plant in the kitchen, these DIY shelves are cheap and easy to make in a couple of hours.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Duration: 3-4 hours

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  • Wood boards
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Miter saw
  • Hammer and nails
  • Wood glue
  • Sand paper
  • Wood Stain
  • Sponge brush
  • Rag

 

6. DIY Upcycled Drawer Shelves

DIY drawer shelves are a clever way to salvage wood from furniture you might otherwise throw away. Desk and dresser drawers make adorable shelves for bedrooms and family rooms. Use them to display pictures and other small decorative items. If you don’t have any drawers laying around you could try local thrift stores or ask friends and family if they have any they don’t use. Feel free to add paint, stain, or decorative knobs to personalize your DIY shelves.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Duration: 2 hours

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7. DIY Rain Gutter Shelves

These DIY shelves are perfect for displaying books in a children’s room or playroom. The shape of the rain gutter adds style and functionality to a wall. This is a relatively easy, inexpensive project. The bonus is that you do not even need to paint them! These DIY gutter bookshelves will take between one and two hours.

Level of difficulty: Intermediate

Duration: 1-2 hours

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8. DIY Branch Shelf

Time to put your artistic skills to use. For an advanced woodworking project, check out this tutorial on a DIY branch shelf. This shelf is a beautiful place to hang scarves, hats, or necklaces. It would make a terrific gift as well for anyone who appreciates handmade furniture or DIY crafts.

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Conclusion

Furniture built by hand has a certain charm to it that factory-made shelving cannot compete with. Give your home a personalized touch and give yourself the satisfaction of a job well done by taking on one or more of these eight DIY shelves. Pair your shelves with DIY nightstands for a more personal touch. With one of these projects do you want to try out? Let us know in a comment below!