One of the problems every homeowner faces from time to time is the problem of keeping things in place, which we all inevitably collect over time.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a bit of a hoarder or not; We all have to deal with the clutter in our homes at some point.
A nicely built corner shelf can make life a lot easier, not to mention how neat your home would look. From a small corner shelf to a large corner shelf, organizing your home is easy, and you can also add some uniqueness and elegance to the mix.
Build a corner shelf
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Although you can buy pre-made corner shelves, the Ikea corner shelf is often a popular choice. However, many people want to build their own corner shelves. Not only is it cheaper, but it also gives you the freedom to use it as creatively as you want.
So here is what you need for your homemade wooden corner shelf:
- Wooden boards
- some kind of finish to seal the wooden shelves like polyurethane or lacquer
- 1/8 “drill bit
- Drills and screws for fixing standards to the wall
- a drill
- Shelf brackets
- Shelf standards
- Wood stain or paint and primer
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To better understand what we’re talking about, here are some commonly used technical words that you may not be familiar with:
- Standards – The long white vertical stripes on the wall. They are attached to the wall by drilling screws into wall posts. The studs are used for better support as the shelves can get quite heavy which can cause standards to peel off the wall.
- Shelf brackets – Shelf supports hooked to the notches of the standards.
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Before actually buying the wood, there are a few things to consider and consider:
The size of the shelves
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The first thing to consider when building a corner wall shelf is how long you want the shelves to be. A useful trick people sometimes do to save money on wood is to have narrower shelves for smaller items at the top and wider shelves for larger items at the bottom.
Of course you don’t have to. Determining the size of your corner wall shelves is entirely up to you. However, you should plan so that your shelves are at least 5 inches behind the standards for outdoor shelving.
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If your studs are already placed in the wall, make sure the shelves are long enough to reach them.
If you are unsure of the exact distance between two studs, use the pen finder to mark them and then decide which studs to use to store the standards and supports for your home depot on the shelves.
Plan the lengths of wood
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Once you know your corner shelf is going to be big, plan out the wood lengths and widths and mark them on a piece of paper. Why is that important? Simply because it’s a human thing to forget and every inch counts when building something from scratch.
A useful thing would be to make a sketch of the corner storage unit and then write down all the dimensions. It is easier to optimize, change, and calculate things when you see them on paper.
Once you have done this, logically, you can easily plan the lengths of wood so that you know easily enough whether or not you have enough length in each board when you purchase the wood you plan to use.
Bring your sketch to the lumberyard and they will cut the lengths and widths you want for you or even help you out if you are still unsure of what lengths you need at this point.
Purchase of standards and brackets
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If you plan to make a hanging corner shelf or floating corner shelves no longer than 30 cm, you only need two standards for each side. If your wall-mounted corner shelf is larger, it is recommended that you use three of these to ensure adequate support.
If you are building a small corner shelf, e.g. B. 32 inches long or shorter, simply hang the standards on adjacent studs as there is no room to skip studs.
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With a large corner shelf, you can skip a bolt between standard sets and corner shelf bracket – unless you want to use the floating corner shelf for something exceptionally heavy.
If you are not sure, it is better not to skip any cleats. They know what they are saying: Better safe than sorry. In any case, if you want extra security, choose three standard sets and adjacent studs without skipping a stud.
Hide the edges of the raised bracket
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One of the things that can happen when buying brackets shorter than the width of your shelves is the brackets that lift up the notches on the ends that hold the shelves in place.
If it happens by chance there is a solution for it. Simply place the shelves on the brackets, mark where the notches will hit, and drill a hole in that spot. The notches then slide into the shelves and your wooden corner shelf will look great from all angles.
Styling corner shelves
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If you want to build your own floating corner shelf, kitchen corner shelf, corner TV shelf, corner shelf, or any other type of corner shelving, get as creative as you want. If you have no idea what your new shelf should look like, then you should check out the internet for the most popular corner shelf ideas.
However, here are some of the most common corner shelf designs and styles that are both good looking and quite easy to build:
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This is possibly the simplest design of the corner shelves, but it is also very elegant and modern.
All you need are triangular shelves that are stacked on top of each other and placed in the corner of the room. A shelf like this is both decorative and practical, and will help you display your favorite things without taking up too much space.
Use the bottom too
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Floating corner shelves come in very handy, but people often forget to use all the surfaces available, which is a waste of space. The bottom of a shelf can be used in many creative ways. For example, one of the most common uses in the kitchen is hanging up mugs.
Corner shelves for children’s books
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When it comes to children, they can never have too much space in their rooms. We all know how kids are and how easily their rooms can get messy and cluttered.
Building a white corner shelf for the nursery is a great way to display all of your favorite books and minimize the clutter. Aside from that, you can also style it with their favorite stickers or let your kids paint it themselves.
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One of the best aspects of building from scratch is being able to get as creative as you want.
Don’t be afraid to use your ideas and create a playful tall corner shelf, a small 3D wall collage, a black corner shelf of various shapes and sizes, a white corner shelf with hand-painted patterns, or basically any type of shelf to add to your mind.
Stair corner shelf
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If you want a modern corner shelf, consider placing one in the line of your stairs. Such corner bookcases can be used both for practical reasons and for decoration.
Corners are often unused space in every home. Sure, you can only have a plant in the corner for decoration and freshness, but that’s not the most practical solution, is it?
If there’s a corner in your house that seems uncomfortably empty, building corner shelves is a great way to create extra storage space for the clutter in your home and give the room a modern and chic look.
The best thing about corner shelving is the fact that you don’t need a specific brand, such as. B. IKEA corner shelves. You can easily quickly and easily create your own shelf from scratch.