How to Design and Create Floating Shelves

Do you want to know how to design and create floating shelves for your home?

There actually is a very profound process in order for them to be structurally sounds and beautiful.

Step 1

Determine the height of the shelves as well as the thickness. Then make a “sample shelf” of the identical specifications of the shelf out of inexpensive wood. Drywall up to the brackets. ** Cut the sample shelf in half – one half will stay on the job site and the other half will go back to the shelf fabricator.

Step 2

Use this Sample Shelf to locate and level the steel brackets. This entails cutting the holes for the shelf to slide the into the brackets. Note: Remember that the brackets need to be level between each other and in relationship from shelf to shelf.

Step 3

Run preliminary electrical out from the wall at the exact height location needed. This will allow for under shelf lighting. Tile the wall or install the finished wall material.

Step 4

Make sure that the new shelves have an overhang reveal to allow for the electrical recessed lighting strip to not be seen. Slide the new shelves into the brackets. They don’t actually need to be secured, the weight will insure that they do not move.

Step 5

After the finished shelves are installed, it’s time to load them up! These shelves can hold an amazing amount of weight. These hold every day dishes, cooking supplies and plants. They are used and washed every day so dust doesn’t build up.


Not only do I love this look but I love the function of having things right at your fingertips in the kitchen.



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