How to make floating bookshelf? Step by Step 2023


How to make floating bookshelf for a drywall

DIY a floating bookshelf is as easy as a walk in the park if you have the right tools. To build a sturdier bookshelf, there are certain tools and materials that you need to have: They include:

  • Screws
  • Metal brackets
  • You need a drill
  • Stud
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • 1X8 or 1×10 board(length depends on desired shelf size)

Here are steps on how to make a floating bookshelf

Step 1: Measure the length and height of the area in which you want to mount your bookshelf. Here you can use measuring tape.

Step 2: Measure the boards to the desired length and height using the measuring tape and cut them using a saw. Here, you can measure your wall to determine the height and length of your boards. 

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Step 3: Locate the studs in your wall where you will install your floating bookshelf. There are two different ways you can locate the studs. First, if your wall is drywall, you can use a magnetic stud finder. And second is that you can use measuring tape. Typically, studs are mostly spaced on the wall about 16 inches apart.  So take a measuring tape and start right from the corner of your wall and measure 16 inches, and there you will have the studs. When you find the first one, it’s easier to find the second one because you only measure 16 inches from the first stud.

Step 3: Install the metal bracket into the wall

Once you have located where the studs are in the wall, place the metal brackets over the studs where you want to install the brackets. Now use a sharp pencil to mark where the screw holes will be on the wall. 

After you have marked where the screws will be on the wall, now take a drill and pilot a hole where the screws will be tightened.  Finally, screw the bracket into the wall using the screws provided. 

Step 4: Now attach the board to the brackets.

Place the boards on top of the brackets and use the screws to tighten them to the brackets. Just make sure the screws you are using are long enough to go through the board and into the bracket. Here, you can use two screws per bracket to make sure it is strong and secure.

Step 5: Now take a level and ensure that the shelf is straight

Once you have securely attached boards to the brackets, take a level and check whether the shelf is straight. If it is not straight, try to adjust it to make sure it is well-leveled.

Step 6: Enjoy your new floating bookshelf!

After you have confirmed that the shelf is properly secured and well leveled into the wall, you can arrange all your books or other decorative items. Don’t overload it with heavy books because if you do so your shelf can fall and cause damage.

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