How to Build Your Own Shelves
Learning how to make your own shelves can be pretty tricky, especially for the average homeowner who is not very familiar with carpentry and wood working. However, if you plan everything ahead of time you will have a better chance of being successful regardless of your skill level.
The first thing you should realize is shelves are supposed to hold a lot of different types of stuff some of which may be heavy. A trophy for example, can weigh as much as 10 to 20 pounds so it should be set on a very sturdy shelf that’s not going to fall or otherwise come off the wall. Make sure your shelves are sturdy and durable and you should avoid any weight problems.
As you make your own shelves, try to remember that it’s not necessary that each shelf in your home be able to hold a hundred pounds, but make sure at least a few in the living room are able to withstand a little extra weight. For example, you may want to create a very sturdy shelf to store things such as a bowling ball or anything else that may be heavy but won’t be used that often.
The first thing you have to do is to identify where in the home you’re going to install the shelves. Which part of the home needs additional storage areas? You’ll also have to decide which type of wood you’re going to use so you know what to buy when you arrive at the home improvement store to make purchases.
If this is going to be the first time you make your own shelves, you may want to practice by installing a few in the attic or basement at first. You can gain practical experience by doing this and you’ll ensure you know exactly what you’re doing when you get to the living room or kitchen. If you want to take the easy route, you can purchase non-adjustable wooden or metal shelves or you can decide to install adjustable shelves only in certain areas.
Make sure to use extreme care when you’re nailing the brackets for the shelves on the wall. The best way to do this is to find a 2×4 in the wall and nail the brackets to that because it’ll be a lot sturdier and you won’t have to worry about the shelf coming down on its own in the future. You can also use a T-square if you have exact measurements.
You want to drive the nails in a downward angle to increase the shelf’s ability to be able to handle heavy items. You can test the sturdiness of a shelf simply by placing a tool box or something that’s very heavy on top of it. If it doesn’t feel right, you can add another bracket or T-square to create a stronger shelf.
Finally, after all the shelves are installed you’ll want to paint each one the same color as the rest of the room. Some courses that teach homeowners how to make your own shelves will insist you paint each shelf before you install it, that’s not a bad idea, but the paint can chip or otherwise become damaged during the installation process so you have to decide what’s more important to you.