Floating Shelf Tutorial

The finishing touch to our Master Bedroom Renovation was floating shelves to house my collection of ever-growing prints & decor pieces. After searching for ‘off the shelf’ shelves they were either not budget friendly or were aesthetically not what we were trying to achieve…so in combination with a Bunnings Tutorial we created our own floating shelves. More information is saved over on my Instagram Highlights (link below).

Gather your supplies

  • Pine for shelf ( 140mm x 19mm x required length) have Bunnings cut to right measurements if you don’t have the tools.
  • Pine for backing piece (42mm x 19mm x required length)
  • Wood Glue
  • Drill & drill bits
  • Screws (appropriate for your shelf depth)
  • Screws or fixings suitable for your wall
  • Spirit Level
  • 2 x Clamps
  • Sander (optional)
  • Paint or Stain (optional)
  • Paint Brush (optional)

Step 1:

Cut both pieces of timber to desired lengths or have Bunnings cut if you do not have the tools

Step 2:

Run a bead of glue along the narrow edge of the wider piece of timber (your shelf)

Step 3:

Clamp the two pieces of timber together so the glue on the shelf lines up with the backing piece, wipe off any excess glue before it dries.

Step 4:

Pre- Drill, as we are using pine it can tend to split if drilling straight in.

Starting at the back of the shelf pre-drill 4 holes (more or less depending on your shelf length) straight through both pieces of timber.

Step 5:

Pre-drill again 4 holes above the ones you have just done, just through the backing piece (this is where you will attach to the wall)

Step 6:

Using your drill screw into the four pre-drilled holes so that the shelf is now glued and screwed to the backing piece.

Step 7:

Un-clamp, you now have your shelf ready to hang!

Step 8:

Sand if required and tidy up any excess glue


If you would like your backing piece to hide, then simply paint your backing piece the same colour as your wall. Just tape up the shelf to protect it from any mishaps with the paint.

Step 9:

Grab your spirit level and using your screws or fixings suitable for your wall screw through your pre-drilled holes into the wall.

Step 10:

Get styling, remember to style with different heights and textures to make the most of your shelves… have fun!!

Hints & hints:

– We slept with tape on our wall for a few days to ensure we had the shelves at the right length & position on the wall, each time we walked in we would visualise the shelves and make adjustments. ps use painters tape to make sure you don’t pull paint off

– I am a very visual person so once we had the shelves right, I taped a few A4 pieces the sizes of different prints to see what would work.

Measuring guide:
4 x A4 pieces = A2
2 x A4 pieces = A3

– Also ensure the shelves are functional not just pretty… if you like to sit up in bed then make sure your shelves are not too low.

The Result

Video Tutorial

Video Tutorial is saved over on my Instagram Highlights. If you give them a go please tag me, I’d love to see!

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