How To Make Floating Shelves With Crown Molding

Floating shelves are a great addition to any home. They add storage for small decorative or utility items in an otherwise unused space. You can make them out of many material, including wood and metal. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to use crown molding as a floating shelf design with the help of L brackets and other hardware.

Floating Shelf With Crown Molding

If you’re a fan of displaying your favorite things, consider adding floating shelves to your home. These easy-to-install fixtures are a great way to showcase collections and add character to any room. Whether made from wood or metal, floating shelves can be mounted directly on the wall or hung above the surface. The latter option allows you to place items within reach while still keeping them out of reach for children and pets (and curious pets). Floating shelves are also an affordable alternative if you want something that looks like crown molding but doesn’t cost as much as real crown molding will cost you. With this tutorial, we’ll show you how easy it is

Gather Materials and Tools

  • Gather the materials you’ll need to build your floating shelves. In this case, we’re using crown molding for a decorative touch, but you can choose any type of wood that works best for your project.
  • Get the tools together as well: a drill and bits (for pilot holes), saw (for cutting), nail gun and compressor (if installing without glue), screws or nails, level (to make sure it’s all straight).

Measure and Cut the Crown Molding

Next, you’ll need to measure your crown molding. Lay the wood on your project and measure its height, width, distance between top and bottom shelves, distance between front and back of shelf, and distance between sides of shelf. Use this information to mark your cuts with a pencil or sharpie.

Check that the measurements are accurate before cutting by holding one side up against another piece of crown molding that’s already been cut at least once; if they line up perfectly then you can proceed with confidence! If not then double check yourself before proceeding any further

Assemble the Crown Molding

Now that you’ve got your lumber and hardware, it’s time to assemble the crown molding. It should be easy enough to do with just a hammer, but if you want to take your precision up a notch, use a nail gun instead. The key is to make sure the crown molding is flush with the shelf and straight so that it looks professional when it’s done. That means using two pieces of scrap wood as spacers so that both ends of your crown molding are even; this will give you an idea of how much space needs to be taken off at either end before attaching them together. You can also use these spacers as guides for marking where on each piece of stock (i.e., shelf or top cap) you’ll need to attach them—just make sure they’re level

  • Make sure everything lines up perfectly before driving any nails into place by holding one end against another piece while nailing into both pieces at once; this way they’ll line up perfectly every time when finished! If necessary, remove any excess material from around any joints using sandpaper so there aren’t any gaps between surfaces where moisture could hide away from sunlight exposure over time.

Cut and Install the Hardware for Mounting to the Wall

  • Cut and Install the Hardware for Mounting to the Wall

You need to cut and install the hardware for mounting to your wall, so that you can easily attach your floating shelves.

  • You should have a stud finder, a level, and a pencil to mark where the studs are located on your wall.
  • With these tools in hand, measure from the top of each shelf’s front edge down 1″ inside each shelf – this will be where you’ll cut off in order to mount it vertically. Then measure up 3/4″ behind each shelf’s back edge at an angle of about 20 degrees – this will be where you’ll mount them horizontally (these measurements may vary depending on how big or small your crown molding is).
  • Once all of those measurements are taken out with pencil marks along every inch of length per side (so there are two sets), use an electric saw or jigsaw (depending if they have one) with fine teeth blade type so as not cause splintering over edges while making cuts between marks made earlier during measuring process above; then remove any burrs created by sawing process using sandpaper until smooth enough surface left behind without any sharp edges sticking out anywhere nearby during installation process later down below when going through steps 4 through 6 below).

Mount the Floating Shelf to the Wall

To mount the shelf, you will need to use screws. Screws are great for this because they can go through the wall and into the shelf. You don’t have to worry about getting them in at an angle or anything like that—just stick the screw right through

It’s important to make sure your screws are long enough for this job. If they’re too short, then it’ll be hard for them to get a good grip on all sides of the shelf and keep it from falling over every time someone walks by! It also helps if you use some kind of special drill bit that lets you drill holes without damaging any nearby materials (like crown molding). And don’t forget: always make sure everything is level before drilling any holes in your walls

Floating shelves made from crown molding look great in your home.

Floating shelves made from crown molding look great in your home. They’re easy to make and you can use them to add a unique look to any space in your house. You can also use these floating shelves in any room of your house, even if you have a small space or if the wall is too curved for normal shelving.

You’ll need:

  • Crown molding (at least 1/2″ thick)
  • Wood glue or construction adhesive
  • Wood filler if the wall has imperfections (optional)


Now that you’ve finished, you can sit back and admire your new floating shelf. It looks great in your home and is sure to impress anyone who sees it! If you enjoyed this project, maybe try making another one on your own or with friends—it’s a great way to pass the time. Remember to always wear eye protection when cutting wood with power tools because it could harm your eyes if something were to go wrong.

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