By Ysolt Yilmaz. Bathroom. Published at Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 - 20:58:47 PM.
Having shelves in individual rooms at home helps you. Not only they store things, so they do not clutter, the right shelves also help you to save some moving space. For example shelves in the bathroom. Whether your bathroom is big or small, you will need some decent, DIY shower floating shelves.
First of all, why do you need DIY bathroom floating shelves? Since the bathroom is the only place that potentially gets wet most of .the time, having too much stuff in it is not ideal. You may slip and bump into things around you. The last thing you ever want is to have bruises from that possibility.
So, how do you have DIY bathroom floating shelves? What if you are no expert in this department? No worries, you can still learn. Besides checking out some tutorials online, you may ask someone you know – like a family member or a friend – who does these things.
Is it easier said than done? Well, not so much. For example, you can use the one above the toilet stall or the sink. Make sure the spot is not too low or too high. You do not want your head to accidentally bump against it nor have trouble reaching up (although you can still use a tool as a help, let’s make sure you do not have to go through that).
Before you start preparing the materials, you must clean the chosen spot and its surroundings. Do not forget to flush the toilet or the sink.
For example, you would like to build a couple of 28-inched shelves. In that case, these are the materials that you need to prepare:
- A couple of 1 x 10 boards. Cut them into 28 inches long each.
- A couple of ¼ plywood boards. Cut them into 28 inches x 19 – ¼ inches each
- A couple of 2 x 3 boards. Cut them into 28 inches long each.
- Three couples of 2 x 3 boards. Cut them into 7 – ¾ inches long each.
- A couple of 1 x 4 boards. Cut them into 29 – ½ inches long each.
- Two couples of 1 x 4 boards. Cut them into 9 – ¼ inches long each.
- A dozen of 2 – ½ inches of screws.
- The leveled brad nails and wood glue.
- Kreg jig, power drill, brad nailer, and clamps.
- The finishing(s). In this case, you can either choose sandpaper, paint, stain, or anything else that you like.
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- With your Kreg jig, drill a couple of pocket holes (for 2 – ½ inched screws) into one end of each six short (7 – ¾ inches) boards. The two holes should have the same size, which is between ½ to ¾ from the sides of the board.
- Clamp the pieces together, so all the edges, the sides, and the ends aligned. One of the ways is to clamp the board to your work table. Then clamp the shortboard in the right place, which is where the clamp lining is up over the joint between the boards.
- Prepare your rig, Torx screws, or 2 – ½ inches of pins. Hold the shortboard firmly into place with one hand, because being clamped does not guarantee it will not wobble. Then screw in the 2 – ½ inched screws to attach the board. After that, repeat the same process with another short board on the other end of the longboard. The last one to go through the same thing is the board in the middle.
- Once the first piece is done, your 2 x 3 boards will look like a giant letter E. Their function is to form the frame for one floating shelf. Once this part is done, repeat the same process for the second floating shelf.
- With your stud finder, find where your wall studs are placed. That place will help you to attach the floating shelves frames right to your wall.
- Against the wall, it is time to hold up your shelf. Then, you should mark a couple of holes in the placement of all wall studs.
- The process is not over yet. On your shell frames (close to one inner corner as shown in the picture), predrill the holes.
- This is special for a 28-inched shelf (which ends up being 29 – ½ inches). Chances are, you will hit two wall studs. Once they are marked well, mount the frames on the wall.
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- Prepare your 3 – ½ inches of screws. Use them to attach the 2 x 3 board shelf frame to the wall. For this point, you will only need one pin.
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- Next step is to make the frame of your shelf level. Gently pound up or down on the longboard. This is how you adjust the structure to the standard. Do not use short boards in this case.
- Once the frame is leveled in precision, then it is time to screw in the rest of the screws. How do you do this? Apply one pin to the second set of predrilled holes. After that, do the same thing with the other two screws. Do this until all four gaps are filled, and the frame is mounted on the wall. Make sure the mounting is also secure.
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- Next, it is time to mount the second shelf. However, you need to do one thing first. Use the level against a side of your first tray. Mark the place where the second shelf should go with a pencil. This is how you make sure the vertical alignment.
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- Mount the second shelf to the wall depending on the height or distance that you feel most comfortable. Once you are done, the two shelves will look like two giant letter Es attached to the wall – with three legs sticking out.
- Now it is time to install the bottom piece for both shelves. Get one of the ¼ thick plywood pieces. Cut them according to the right size, then hold it up to the bottom of your frame.
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- Mark the frame lines with your pencil.
- Prepare your wood glue. Apply a bit of it within the pencil lines on your plywood. Attach the bottom piece wood glue and brad nails.
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- Apply the wood glue to your plywood. Stick the plywood to the bottom of the floating shelf frame, alias the giant letter E.
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- Which shelf that you would like to work on first? It depends on the size of the equipment that you have. Attaching the bottom piece to the top shelf before moving to the bottom shelf is easier if you have the right-sized brad nailer.
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- After the bottom piece is set to each floating shelf, it is time to attach the top parts of the same-sized plywood pieces. (It is your 1 x, ten boards, this time.) With the same wood glue and a brad nailer, attach these boards to your frames, along with the sides, the back, and the center of the top piece.
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- Attach your 1 x 4 boards as side pieces to the sides of the floating shelves. Make sure that you get the right size for each section: 1 x 10 boards for the top, 2 x 3 boards to the back, and the 2x3 shortboards.
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- Your top and bottom pieces are set on your floating shelves. Attach the fronts with 1 x 4 boards that are cut into 1 – ½ inches longer than the other long parts (which are 29 – ½ inches.) Brad nail them neatly to your frames. You can hammer into as many of the shelves’ components.
- Last but not least, you can finish the shelves, either with paint, stain, or sandpaper. Then you can start putting stuff on each floating shelf. Make sure that they are not too heavy that the shelves might fall apart. For example towels, a small rattan basket to store your soaps and toilet papers, and many more.
5. Make your DIY bathroom floating shelves look more beautiful than before.
If the wall is monochromatic (such as white, grey, or greyish-green), then keep things simple by not painting your DIY bathroom floating shelves with bright colors. You can also use pastel colors if your bathroom interior has a feminine touch to it. (For example pink walls.)
It turns out that DIY bathroom floating shelves are more accessible to create. Let’s try now.
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