How To Build Shelf In Wall

A shelf in the wall can be used to hold books or other items, and provide more storage space in a room. To build a shelf into your wall, start by measuring the length of the wall and cutting a piece of wood that length. Screw that piece of wood above where you want to put your shelf and then cut another piece of wood for below it. Next, cut another two pieces of wood for the sides of your shelf and screw them into place. Finally, cover up any gaps between the boards with caulk sealant before staining or painting them to complete the look

Part One of Four:

  • Prepare the wall

a. Remove any wall art, posters or other items from the area you will be drilling into

b. Tape off the area surrounding where your shelf will go with masking tape or painter’s tape so that no one bumps into or touches anything and messes up your work

c. Use a hammer and nail to mark where you want your shelf on the wall before removing all of your pictures or artwork

Prepping the Space

When you’re ready to start your project, you’ll need to make sure that the area where you plan to install the shelf is first clean and dry. If it’s wet or dirty, use a cleaning product such as bleach and water or a degreasing product like TSP-PF powder followed by a mop and rinse. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time before making any marks on the wall because once they’re made, they’re there for good

Once the wall is dry, measure from floor to ceiling in order to determine how tall your shelves will be. It’s best if all of your shelves are at least 10 inches above eye level so that people can see them when standing up straight rather than bending down; however if this doesn’t work with your decorating scheme (for example if there is already artwork right below this height), adjust accordingly! Then mark where each shelf will go using painter’s tape so nothing gets damaged while working on other areas of preparation within this project

Part Two of Four:

If you don’t have a stud, you will need to secure the shelf in place with screws. Screws can be located at any hardware store, or you can use screw hooks if your wall is flat and painted over. You’ll want to make sure that your screws or screw hooks are long enough for the depth of your shelf plus 1/2 inch extra.

You should also consider whether the fixture will be against a stud or not; for example, if it’s against a stud then you would place one screw at each end of the bracket and another two somewhere else on top of it (such as halfway down). If there is no stud behind where you are going to put it then just drill holes into drywall where ever convenient

Building the Supports

  • When you’re building a shelf in a wall, the most important part is making sure that it’s straight and level. To do this, you’ll need to use some tools that will help ensure this.

The first tool is a stud finder, which will let you know where your studs are located by detecting them through their density—studs are generally denser than other materials found in walls such as drywall or plasterboard. The second tool is a level—this will ensure that both sides of your shelf are straight and parallel with each other so they don’t end up crooked when complete. You’ll need one either way because sometimes it’s hard to get an accurate reading from just one side of something like this (like if there’s only one line drawn on paper).

Part Three of Four:

Now that you know how to build a wall shelf, let’s talk about how to do it right.

  • Use the right tools for the job. Don’t try to cut corners by using cheap tools on your project, unless you’re trying to make some kind of “I spent more money on my tool collection than my apartment” statement. What I mean is: don’t buy a $200 miter saw if all you need is a $100 table saw. And while I’m at it—make sure those tools are in good working order; don’t let them sit around gathering dust or rusting away when they could be making money for you
  • Choose materials wisely and ask for help if needed! You can save yourself some time and energy by using premium materials like lumber from a reputable supplier (and maybe even go with pre-cut boards). If possible, get someone with experience building things out there with you so they can answer any questions that come up along the way—and who knows? Maybe they’ll have some tricks up their sleeve that will make your next project even easier than this one was

Screwing in the Shelf

Screwing in the Shelf:

  • Make sure you don’t over-tighten the screws. You want them to be snug, but not so tight that they break off in the wall.
  • Make sure the screws are straight when you put them in place, as this will make it easier for you to put it all together.
  • Use a level on top of your piece of wood and make sure that both ends are at 90 degrees with each other before screwing down one side or another—you can use a pencil or marker to mark where each edge should be placed on top of your piece of wood before putting any screws in place! This will ensure that there aren’t any gaps between your shelf and wall after installation is complete (which may cause damage).

Part Four of Four:

So, you’re almost ready to set up your shelf. But you need a few more things.

  • Paint and/or stain as desired
  • Sand as necessary
  • Add final touches (charming details) such as:
  • Paint or stain the boards before adhering them to the wall so that they don’t show any gaps between them or get stained by body oils and other materials that might get on them over time. This will make for a more professional look, especially if you have guests coming over soon
  • Finish off with a coat of polyurethane to protect against moisture damage and stains caused by household chemicals (like those used in cleaning).

Finishing Touches

Putting up a shelf is not difficult, but it will require some time and patience. You can do it yourself, which saves money and allows you to personalize your home with something that fits your own taste nicely.

The finished product will be great addition to any room in your home, especially the kitchen or bathroom where people admire the decor of their homes. All it takes is a power screwdriver, wood, paint and stain (and optionally sand paper) for finishing touches. If you are new at this kind of work then start by getting some guidance from friends who have done similar projects before so that when it comes time for them to lend a hand they know what needs doing most urgently. Once everything is set up according to plan then all that remains is letting those creative juices flow – which will result in a fantastic finished product.

It is not difficult to build a shelf in your wall.

It is not difficult to build a shelf in your wall. The first thing you need to do is gather the tools and materials needed for this project. You will need:

  • A measuring tape
  • A pencil or pen
  • 2 pieces of wood that are the same length as the area where the shelf will be installed (for example, if you’re making a shelf for your kitchen countertop, using two pieces of plywood 12 inches long)
  • Wood glue (to help keep everything together)


Building a shelf in your wall is a great way to add storage space. But, it’s not just about storage; it can be an excellent design element as well. By installing it yourself, you’ll save money and create something that is completely unique to your home. In this article we’ve explained how to build one so now go out there and have fun.

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