20 Stunning Tutorials To Build DIY Floating Shelves

Build Your Own Floating Shelves with the Help of These Incredible Tutorials

There’s something about DIY floating shelves that just makes them so pleasing to look at.

Whether it’s the minimalist look, the clean lines, or the “anti-gravity” feel.

But besides the aesthetics, floating shelves are actually an excellent way to create some much needed space in your home.

Learn to build your own floating shelves with some inspiration from these 20 incredible tutorials.

diy floating shelves


This first tutorial is courtesy of Shanty 2 Chic and it shows you floating shelves they completed for a bathroom.

Technically it’ll be perfect for any room.

The end result is very beautiful and it looks really great.

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Image courtesy: Shanty 2 Chic


Your next DIY floating shelves idea is courtesy of Apartment Therapy.

This was another bathroom remodel but obviously can be used anywhere around your home.

The great thing about this shelf is it looks very sturdy.

So if you need something that can hold a lot of weight then this is an excellent option for you.

diy floating shelves
Image courtesy: Apartment Therapy


Here’s another idea from Apartment Therapy.

This would make for a nice floating side table or night stand.

It’s the perfect size for a cozy little corner.

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Image courtesy: Apartment Therapy


This next shelving project is from Make It & Love It.

This is another sturdy option you can potentially use for dishes just like in the image below or maybe as a bookshelf or some other storage idea.

Just be careful with your height placements if you have some little ones running around.

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Image courtesy: Make It & Love it


Our next one is from Artsy Chicks Rule.

It looks great, it’s simple to make (with the right tools) and will definitely give you that much needed extra space.

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Image courtesy: Artsy Chicks Rule


If you’re a minimalist then you’ll love this DIY from House One.

It’s got clean lines and looks simple yet it gets the job done.

The entire project cost a whopping $20!!

Image Courtesy: House One


Here’s another budget friendly DIY project courtesy of DIY Projects with Pete.

According to Pete these shelves are simple to make and are an excellent project for beginner and expert woodworkers alike.

They also seemingly don’t take too long to make.

The end result definitely looks awesome.

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Image courtesy: DIY Projects with Pete


If you need some shelving options for your kitchen then this project from Live Free Creative Co is the one for you.

Just look at how stunning the kitchen below looks.

Admittedly this one isn’t quite a beginner friendly project.

But I’d say if you’ve got the tools and are up for challenge, why not give it a shot.

Image courtesy: Live Free Creative CO.


Need some storage area and got $10 to spare for materials?

Then build yours with the help of these instructions from Brandon over at ManMade.

It is such a simple project and you can get it done in no time.

Image courtesy: ManMade


These lovely DIY shelves are courtesy of Real Simple.

The tutorial is relatively easy to follow and you should be able to complete it in about a day.

That said, they used Adjustable invisible brackets for shelf support.

It does take some time to get them installed correctly but since the’re adjustable, you might be able to get by without restarting from scratch.


It’s just something worth keeping in mind because you want appropriate cut outs to ensure your shelves are flush with the wall.


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Image courtesy: Real Simple


You can build your own floating seamless shelves just like these ones from Woodshop Diaries.

Definitely gonna need a little bit more elbow grease for this project.

In my opinion it is worth the time and effort if this is the look you’re going for.

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Image courtesy: Woodshop Diaries


The next DIY floating shelves are from Southern Revivals.

Just like the previous project, this one also doesn’t use any brackets or cleats.

Instead they drilled longer wood screws into the studs to make the shelf more sturdy.


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Image courtesy: Southern Revivals


If you need shelves that look great, are super strong and durable then Yellow Brick Home has got you covered.

If you have an empty corner space in your home then this is a brilliant and stylish way to spruce it up.

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Image courtesy: Yellow Brick Home


This next floating shelf idea is from Love & Renovations.

The design concept used here is relatively simple.

It’s basically shelf boxes mounted onto the wall with ledger boards.

As you can see, the final outcome not only looks great but it’s also secure.

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Image courtesy: Love & Renovations


This is another shelving option you can use for your corner space.

The project is from Four Generations One Roof.

As you can see in the image below, it would make for a perfect storage area in your laundry room. 

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Image courtesy: Four Generations One Roof


This beautiful focal point is inspired by Angela Marie Made.

I’m loving the simplicity of this one and although you can’t see them, she used some heavy duty steel brackets.

Image courtesy: Angela Marie Made


Here’s some more inspiration for you courtesy of Plank + Pillow.

It’s another kitchen-inspired DIY.

So it’s worth looking at if that’s a project you’re going to take on.

The build is very similar to some of the other options mentioned above and shouldn’t be too difficult to complete.


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Image courtesy: Plank + Pillow


Next are these floating shelves from The Sweetest Digs.

A stark contrast from everything we’ve seen thus far because as you may have noticed, the brackets are visible.

Using visible brackets actually makes the project a little bit easier even though it doesn’t have quite the “floating” look.

However the use of decorations hides the brackets giving it the floating look we’re going for.

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Image courtesy: The Sweetest Digs


If you need another heavy duty option then check out this project from Sawdust Sisters.

It’s an easy project too.

Basically all you need to do is build your frame, the shelves, secure them and you’re good to go!


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Image courtesy: Sawdust Sisters


Gotta love the ingenuity of these floating shelves from Remodelaholic.

The main components of these nautical-inspired shelves are some rope and a few boards.

Simple yet very practical and sure to be a conversational piece.

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Image courtesy: Remodelaholic


If you’re looking for shelves with an industrial look then The DIY Playbook has got you covered.

Definitely a fan of the rustic finish as well.

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Image courtesy: The DIY Playbook

You now have your pick of 20+ ideas to help you get started your own DIY floating shelves.

Important note: The simplicity or difficulty of these projects will depend largely on you having the right set of tools.

It’s very important that you make sure you get everything you need before you start working on any project.

But you’re a DIY’er so I’m sure you’ve got that covered.

Good luck and have fun building your shelves!

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