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Floating Shelves

Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are an artistic addition to any household looking to spruce up a modern and comfortable space. Find out how you can construct and put these shelves up in easy to do steps...
DecorDezine Staff
Floating shelves are a very modern and vogue way of incorporating shelves of a different nature, besides the mediocre bookcases that are found in every household. They're not difficult to make, when knowing how to build floating shelves, and can easily be put together if done the right way. It doesn't have to be used for books, or a grand collection of encyclopedias, but for other things like showpieces, framed photographed, memorabilia from different countries or from a varied collection of prized or valuable knickknacks, maybe antiques, a collection of things you've always wanted to display and more.
It can turn a drab surrounding into one which would instantly turn around, with the presence of such a unique kind of bookshelf. Bedroom wall décor can also be experimented with, in that I mean, you could also put up these floating wall shelves to keep things on, in your sleeping space as well.
If you have a knack for interior decorating, then this should be your forte, since the idea will come easily to you as you stand back and picture that floating shelf. You can start out by first using three planks, and then adding the fourth depending on how vast a collection you have. Thickness as well plays a role, which we will gauge and outline once you start on your construction.
Using different colors to match your room's paint palette is important, since contrasting wouldn't work well, unless you have a jazzier setting to deal with. Floating shelves in white are a great way to use one standard colors to blend in with a vibrant wall backing, but then too, it's all about knowing how colors merge and match, when bringing out the best in the furniture you have placed in your room.
How to Make Floating Shelves
When it comes to home interior decorating, nothing is more grand or satisfying than building something yourself to show off to others when they come on over to your home. It adds not only a personal touch, but that deep-set feeling that you could build practically anything from scratch, if given the right tools and blueprint. So let's see how you can get started on your floating shelves plans.
Step 1 : Using a four feet level to help trace out your location, use a stud finder to then mark in your locations of where your studs will go that will eventually hold up your shelves. Use masking tape as your guiding means to help with the studs placement. Mark these with a pencil and then check these again using the four feet level. After this you need to drill ¼ of an inch diameter holes, to mark in your stud locations.
Step 2 : Using a straightedge/string line as your guide, mark the plank and use a carbide blade to have a smoothened out cut to the edge.
Step 3 : Cut cleats into the veneers of the door, in a thickness of 2x4, after measuring the space.
Step 4 : Using straight and dry lumber cleats, should work well when constructing your floating shelves. Drill the cleats into the already drilled holes, using a 1/8 inch bit; use a lag screw and tighten it using a wrench after you've put in your studs (size of screw lags: ¼ inchx3-½ inch).
Step 5 : The cardboard cores need to be cut away from the edge (1½ inch away). Glue and other agents binding it together should be carefully scraped off.
Step 6 : Make sure that the planks fit snugly onto the cleats, and if needed scribe the wall and use a sander if you'd like the fit to be more tight.
Step 7 : Then glue down your plank over the wooden cleat, using the edges as well to have it stuck down in place. Then nail your shelf to the cleat using one inch nails, and space these apart well enough to hold it in place, about 8 and a half inches wide.
Step 8 (optional) : You can add in light fixtures for a more dramatic setting, if showcasing something that needs some light shedding. Feel free to use drop down lights, or directional small ones to point at the shelf, or get someone to put built-in spot lights into the shelf. That would really bring out your handmade creation.
Floating shelves aren't all that hard to put together, and deciding on how long and thick you want your shelf planks is really up to you, depending on the size of your room and the collection you want to have displayed.
You can form an understanding of this idea in, for those who have all that space and don't know what to do with it. You can have these planks painted to a color of your choice if you want that blend into the wall color, or have it print-painted with different designs if you want to erect these in say a child's room, or give it a more playful or detailed look otherwise. There's so much that can be done in terms of experimentation, where the whole area is your play field. Call in an interior decorator if you hit a wall, since help is always offered when things don't go as planned, or if professional assistance is needed.