How To Make A Shelf In The Wall

Shelves are a great way to add storage space and decor to a room, but sometimes you don’t have the budget or floor space for them. In situations like these, it might be time to turn your attention to your walls! By making shelves in the wall, you can free up floor space and create a decorative accent as well. Building shelves in the wall is an easy DIY project that anyone can do with some patience and attention to detail, so give it a shot

Measure the wall space you have available for your shelf.

  • Measure the wall space you have available for your shelf. Measure the height and width of the space where you want to put your shelf, and make sure it’s level with a spirit level or carpenter’s level.
  • Measure the dimensions of your shelf. Measure its length, width, height (including any top trim), and thickness (if applicable).
  • Measure how tall each support will be that supports your shelf from behind. This measurement is important since it will determine how far apart from one another individual supports should be placed on both sides of the back of your shelf unit so that they can support it properly without bending or breaking under pressure from weight being added in front like books or baskets full of items for display purposes only like flowers or decorative vases filled with fake flowers made out paper strips glued together into shapely clusters resembling real ones but much less expensive if purchased at craft store instead than local florist shop prices which tend toward high end pricing due to demand rather than supply driven marketplace factors; this may not always be true due to supply issues caused by local weather conditions affecting crops harvested seasonally during growing cycle when many farmers experience shortages because their crops were destroyed by an unexpected freeze during late spring season when temperatures rose above normal levels causing damage to young plants still trying hard adjust themselves after transitioning from indoors where there tends climate control systems designed specifically cope with fluctuations between temperature extremes ranging anywhere between freezing cold temperatures outside during winter months through humid heat waves causing discomfort leading people indoors rather than outdoors due

Purchase the materials you need.

You will need:

  • a measuring tape
  • a pencil, chalk and level
  • wood screws (you can buy them at any hardware store)
  • a drill with the appropriate bit for your screws. If you don’t have one, ask someone at the hardware store to help you choose one that fits your needs. In this case we’re making a simple shelf so all we need is an ordinary drill bit. The screw will go through the back of the piece of wood, which should be placed on top of another piece of wood before being drilled through with the bit. Once it’s drilled through both pieces and into whatever surface you’re attaching it too (in our case another piece of wood), place it in there and tighten those screws until they’re snug enough that they won’t slip out when someone pulls down on them but aren’t so tight that they crack or break off inside either piece of wood

Decide where to place your shelf.

We’ll start with the most obvious question: where do you want to place your shelf?

  • Try to avoid putting it in a doorway. This is primarily because doors swing, and if there’s nothing behind them (and especially if they’re really heavy) then they might bang into your new shelf and knock it over. This can be avoided by placing shelves on either side of the door or even above/below it, but this isn’t always possible depending on where you have room for them.
  • Avoid putting it in a corner. Corners are already hard enough to get around when you’re walking through your home; they don’t need additional obstacles like walls or furniture blocking them off from view! If you decide that still isn’t enough space for whatever reason, try placing bookshelves around corners for an interesting look that might even trick guests into thinking there’s something more going on inside those corners than there really is…
  • Try not to put anything too close together – this could block airflow circulation throughout your home which would make life uncomfortable for everyone involved due how hot summers tend getting these days..

Find one stud in the wall that will be at least as long as your shelf.

  • Use a stud finder to locate one stud in the wall that will be at least as long as your shelf.
  • Use a level to make sure you’re lining up with the other side of the stud and not just finding where there’s no drywall (the part with no paint on it).
  • Measure the width between two studs, then find another one that is in line with those two, but farther down the wall. Mark these three spots on your scrap wood or something else that can hold ink.

Draw a level line along your stud.

To keep your shelf level and in line with the wall, you’ll have to mark a level line. You can use a laser level for this, but if you don’t have one available, here are some other options:

  • Use a plumb bob. This is an old-school tool that many DIYers still use today. Simply hold it by the string and let it drop until its tip hits the wall at an angle (the angle will let you know which way your shelf should be). When using this method, make sure that your plumb bob has been hanging straight down for at least 30 minutes before taking measurements—otherwise its weight could affect how far along the wall it falls when released from gravity’s pull!
  • Use chalk lines or taut line levels instead of traditional yardsticks for making marks on walls; these tools are more accurate than tape measures since they can be used freehand rather than being held against something stationary like a stud or another piece of woodwork (like another piece of trimming). Also consider investing in some masking tape so that any markings made on walls won’t get washed away when painting occurs down the road — just make sure not use blue painter’s tape because it won’t stick well enough

Cut away drywall for the shelf supports.

  • Make sure you’re cutting away from the stud. You’ll want to make sure that the supports are in line with the stud. The best way to do this is to use a hammer, a pencil, and your tape measurer. Hammer in one end of your shelf support on top of a stud. Then measure down 6 inches (or whatever width you need) and hammer another shelf support into place so that both are aligned with the same stud in between them.
  • Measure enough drywall out that it will support your shelf or shelves as they rest against each other or against another surface such as a wall or doorframe.”

Install your supports.

This is the most important step in building your shelf. The supports should be level, straight and spaced correctly. Use construction adhesive to hold them in place, then nail them into place with a hammer. Be sure to use nails that are long enough to fully penetrate the studs behind your wallboard (usually 16d finish nails work best). You can also use screws if you prefer, but some people find that they make holes in their walls when they take them out later on—this is especially true if the screws were driven into drywall rather than wood studs.

In general, it’s not a good idea to use too many supports or too far apart from each other—unless you want it to look like furniture (the more shelves you have supporting something heavy like books or TVs/monitors.) For example: picture frames hung by wire usually only need one support under each frame because frames aren’t very heavy; however an entire bookcase could require two or three supports per shelf depending on its weight capacity (for example: I used three 2x4s for my kitchen cabinet project).

Repaint or retexture the wall (if needed).

If you’re going to remove drywall, you may need to repaint or retexture the wall. This is because removing drywall can sometimes leave holes in the wall that will be visible when the shelf is installed. If this happens, cover them up with some extra paint (and maybe some spackle).

You’ll also want to check your baseboard and shoe molding if it’s still there—if it’s not, don’t worry about it. It’s easy enough for these pieces of trim work to get damaged during installation anyway; just make sure they’re repaired before proceeding with installation.

If you don’t have to remove any drywall and only plan on installing one shelf (or none at all), then you probably won’t have any issues when installing a small shelf on your own without professional help from a carpenter or contractor. However, if what we’ve written above sounds like gibberish and makes no sense whatsoever… well… then maybe consider hiring someone anyway?

Attach the shelf to your supports with construction adhesive and nails.

To make sure your shelf is straight and level, you’ll need to measure and mark where the supports are on the wall. Then use a level to ensure that the shelf is perfectly aligned with those marks. Use a drill to make pilot holes for your nails, then drive them into place using a hammer.

Once all four supports are in place and attached securely with construction adhesive and nails from above, secure them from below by driving more nails through the bottom of each support into the studs (see image). To avoid splitting out any wood or damaging drywall behind it, be sure to keep pressure on each nail as you drive it into place—this will help prevent overdriving as well as cracking or splitting things open.

Finally, to ensure that everything stays put for years of steady use: Set all nail heads! To do this use something called “nail set” which looks like an ice pick with teeth inside its tip instead of just one pointy thing sticking out at one end (you can see this tool being used here). Hold down on top of each nail head while gently tapping its tip against each one until they’re flush with surface around them without going too far so that they come through other side (it’s okay if some do though).

Clean up any drywall dust, paint drips, or other messes you may have made while working on the project.

When you’ve finished cutting and installing your shelves, you’ll want to clean up any drywall dust, paint drips, or other messes you may have made while working on the project.

Wear a dust mask when cleaning and remove any loose debris with a vacuum cleaner. If there are any stains that cannot be removed by vacuuming (such as oil-based paints), use wet rags or sponges dipped in soapy water to scrub them up. For more delicate surfaces like tile grout and laminate flooring, use only cold water as hot water can damage these materials over time.

Making a shelf in the wall is a simple DIY project that can add storage without taking up floor space.

Making a shelf in the wall is a simple DIY project that can add storage without taking up floor space. It’s an excellent way to store things that you don’t need to access very often, like holiday decorations or kitchen supplies.

You can make it any size you want, as long as it fits your space. You can also paint it to match the wall color when you’re done if you’d like! This way, you’ll be able to hide any unsightly stain marks left behind by the saw blade or nail gun when installing your new shelf unit into place–a great trick for those with more minimalistic tastes


If you’re looking for a way to add more storage to your home without taking up too much space, consider creating a shelf in the wall. This can be done with some basic tools and materials that most people have or can obtain easily, but if you don’t have them lying around then it may not be worth the time.

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