How to Set Up Floating Shelves

It is human nature to want to impress their friends. First we buy or build a home that our friends will find appealing only to realize that owning an impressive home doesn’t end there. Next you are confronted with decorations which might weigh heavily on your budget.


Well, we’ve the perfect idea to help you in setting up your living area.

Floating shelves will not only be a novel idea to your friends, but it could go a long way in cutting down your budget.

I hope you find them as useful and appealing as my friends did.


A remarkable advantage of these floating shelves is the liberty it gives you to be expressive and creative in your designs. And you can never be lost for an idea for its usage. They can serve as bookshelves, stands for your planters and can be used to display your photos.

Don’t be concerned about your tool handling ability, we’ve that in mind. And that is why we’ve decided to take you through a gradual step by step guide for you to set up your own floating shelves.

Things you’ll need:

As much as I’d love to tell you that there are available ready to install floating shelves in-store and online, DIY floating shelves offer you more flexibility to customize your floating shelves. Aside that, the available colour they come in might not match your interior paint which might in the long run cause you extra expenditure and time. With these useful tips, it might end up spending an equal or lesser amount of money to set up your floating shelves.

The following are the needed suppliers;






sand paper

2″ x 10″ pine board


shelf floating support


and router

1/2″ paddle bit

invisible blankets

  1. Cut your board into sizes.

Gather your materials and cut your board into the required size. The size will be determined by the space where you plan it to fit. You can make measurements to help you get a better size cut. Ideally, you should buy a large piece of wood in order to save cost. The cutting should be made with the use of a saw (miter or circular).

  • Create a notch.

Next, you should use a hand router to create a notch. This will enable the housing of hardware. Be mindful that you don’t want to leave space between the shelf and your wall.

  •  Make holes.

Here, you are to drill holes for the hardwares. The paddle bit is recommended as it easier to begin a hole and it’s more accurate to create straight holes. The holes will make the hardwares to glide effortlessly into place.

  •  Sand and apply paint.

Using sand papers, smoothen all the rough edges on the shelf. When that is done, you can apply paint to your shelf. Remember to choose a colour scheme that matches or reflects with your interior. White is a classic and stylish colour. It can serve well in any interior stain if you are not certain of a colour scheme to settle for. Be certain to carry out this activity in an open space for proper ventilation.

  •  Go ahead and install them.

You will know your shelf is ready for installation once the paint is dry. Choose where you’d like to have your shelf installed. Next, Mark and measure the wall exactly where you’d want the hardware to be. Make use of the level to see that the shelves are straight. With the hardware on the wall, your shelves can be easily slipped into place.

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Lady Prowess

My name is Okafor Peace Ngozi (Lady Prowess). I'm a writer who is also learning to write meaningful code. My journey in content writing started in 2017 and it's been great all through. When I am less busy, I spend more time on interactions and listening to good music. I also love to follow tech Twitter conversations. On this blog, I will always write beginner-friendly articles, Lifestyles, and tutorials to also share Technical Writing tips that I have gained along the way. Please follow me on this blog


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