Simple DIY ledge shelves can be economically built for about $10 in lumber.
- Two 1x4’s (8 ft. long)
- One 1x2 (8 ft. long)
- 2-in. screws
- 2-in. finish nails
- Wood glue
- Wood filler
- 120 grit sandpaper
- Wood conditioner
- Paint and paintbrush
- Measuring tape
- Carpenter’s square
- Safety glasses
- Hearing protection
- Countersink Drill Bit
- Circular saw
- Electric sander
Instructions below are for one 8 ft. long gallery ledge shelf.
For 8-ft. long frames, no cuts are necessary, although you may wish to square ends up.
- Fasten the back 1×4 to the bottom 1×4 using 2-in. screws and wood glue. Pre-drill all screw holes first. (Ana didn’t even cut her boards. All she did was screw the two 1×4’s together with 2-in. screws.)
- Tack the 1×2 on to the front using 2-in. finish nails.
- Using your choice of paint, basecoat the ledge as desired.
- To hang, screw through the back 1×4 into studs in the wall.
Crafter’s Note: These ledges shelves are customizable to any length, but the depth is 5-in. Many of Ana’s readers have made these ledges with a 1×6 or a 1×8 as the bottom baseboard. If you want a shorter ledge, Ana recommends lengths of 24-in., 32-in. and 48-in. With a 24-in. length, you can make 2 shelves from one 1×4. With 32-in. lengths, you can make three shelves out of two 1×4’s. With 48-in. lengths, you can make one shelf out of a single 1×4. You will also need a 1×2.
DIY Wall Ledge Shelves c/o Country Woman’s featured blogger Ana White of Ana White Homemaker.
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DIY Wall Ledge Shelves photography by Ana White.
For an illustrated tutorial on this project, print this pdf.
To watch Ana build a ledge shelf, view this video: http://youtu.be/9F5wr-cmalM