These floating bookshelves are an excellent, money-saving project for virtually every type of DIY’er! Beginners and veterans alike will LOVE the simple sophistication that these DIY rustic floating bookshelves add to a space. You can even complete this simple, inexpensive project in a single afternoon! To make this project as pain-free as possible, I used dimensional project boards. Follow along and let’s get building!
Step 1 : Select Your Wood
For my bookshelves, I used 1 in. x 10 in. x 8 ft. boards. I chose this size because the width provided more than enough space for the books, and the length meant I could saw a few inches off of each side to construct the little side walls you see in the image above! You can choose whatever kind of wood you’d like! If you use plywood, you will have to cut each piece to length, as well as cut each piece to width. Selecting 1×10 boards means I didn’t have to make any width cuts!
Here is the wood I used!
Step 2 : Measure & Cut Side Walls
Now, you don’t absolutely have to do this part. So, if you prefer the sleek look of totally flat bookshelves, you can leave your boards as-is and move on the the next step! I don’t own any substantial bookends, so I opted to cut about 4 inches off of each side of the boards and then screw them into the face of the shelf to make little walls. I like the look, and it keeps everything from tumbling off the sides!
Step 3 : Sand & Finish Your Boards
This step is entirely up to you. I prefer the natural color of the pine, so I simply smooth sanded the boards with 200 grit sandpaper and applied two coats of Watco Danish Oil to each shelf. You can do whatever you’d like! You can paint, stain, or simply seal the shelves with a clear coat of your choice!
Step 4 : Install brackets
To install the shelf brackets, I measured 8 inches from each end and marked the holes with a pencil. Then, I screwed the shelf brackets into the bottom of each shelf. Super simple!Here are the brackets I used!
Step 5 : Mount Your Shelves!
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