How To Build Floating Shelves With Lights

Adding lights to floating shelves is an easy and attractive way to illuminate a space. The beauty of this project is that it’s totally customizable, so you can adjust the length of the shelves and the height of where they hang on your wall to suit your needs.

Put three of the 2×4 boards together to make one shelf.

Now, you will need to put three of the 2×4 boards together to make one shelf.

This part is easy

Make sure that the boards are parallel and that they’re all level. Also, be sure that they’re straight—if they’re not, your shelves won’t be either.

Put the shelf up against the wall and screw into the studs.

  • Locate the studs along the wall using a stud finder.
  • Make sure you’re using screws that are appropriate for the type of wall you’re working with (e.g., wood or drywall). If you’re not sure, ask at any hardware store or home improvement center.
  • Use a level to make sure your floating shelf is straight before attaching it to the brackets and screwing into place!

Put a level on top of the shelf, and keep adjusting it until it is level.

Now that you have determined where to put your floating shelf, you need to make sure it is level. To do this, place a level on top of the shelf and adjust it until it is perfectly level in every direction. If there are no studs in that area of the wall, then use other features such as electrical outlets or plumbing pipes to check that each side of the shelf is holding steady. Make sure they are all flat!

Screw the last 2×3 board into the end of the shelf to make a deep ledge.

  • Make sure your shelf is level before you start.
  • Use a level to make sure the shelf is level.
  • Use a drill to screw the board into the shelf, making sure it’s even with the bottom of the shelf above it and not below it (this will be key when deciding where to put your lights).
  • Make sure that board is level before you start screwing!

Put a single strip of LED lights underneath it, and plug them into an outlet. That’s it!

  • Plug the lights in underneath the shelf and connect them to an outlet. Make sure they’re plugged into a surge protector, not a power strip—or else you’ll be buying more items for your toolbox!
  • Tuck away any wires running from the lights so they blend into the rest of the shelves’ decorative elements (like glass bottles or potted plants).

It is simple to build floating shelves with lights.

Floating shelves with lights are a great way to store your decorative pieces and functional items. They can also be used as a functional piece of furniture, or even just as an attractive light fixture. These floating shelves look great in any room in the house and they’re easy to set up!

The first step is to measure the area where you intend on installing your floating wall shelf. You want it to be at least 18 inches away from the wall (to allow for adequate airflow) but if you want more clearance than that, go for it! Once you know how big of a gap between the bottom of your shelf and where it will sit against/above floor level (depending on whether or not there is carpeting underneath), measure out enough cubed blocks so that when put together horizontally form an even surface which extends from floor level all around until reaching where it meets with its corresponding height above ground level; this will ensure that no gaps exist between each cube block which could let air flow between them rather than moving along smoothly through all sides like normal air does when flowing freely through open spaces without anything blocking its path.


Floating shelves are an easy and inexpensive way to add storage space and character. They can hold books, toys, or DVDs, and they look great in any room. With the addition of lights, these floating shelves become even more functional and attractive for your home. Plus, as we’ve discussed before in this article…

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