DIY Wood and Plexiglass Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are a modern and chic addition to any room. They come in a variety of fun styles, but we're currently crushing on these DIY wood and plexiglass floating shelves. Get the look in your own home with our easy how-to guide.

Modern industrial style blends fresh, edgy design with salvaged materials. The result is a vintage-chic look that spruces up any space. Try modern industrial style in your own home with these simple, floating shelves. DIY blogger Mandi Gubler over at Vintage Revivals shows us how. 

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What You Need:

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • 2x4s, cut to desired length and width (you'll need four pieces of wood per shelf) 
  • Deck screws
  • Drill
  • Hex bolts
  • Nail gun
  • Shelf braces (you'll need five per shelf) 
  • Plexiglass
  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • Wall anchors 
  • Stain (optional)

Step 1: Prep the Wall

Decide how many shelves you would like to build. Then use a measuring tape and pencil to mark where each shelf will hang on the wall to get a feel for the layout. 

Step 2: Plan the Shelves

Decide on the length and width of your shelves. Keep in mind that you want your shelves to evenly distribute weight, so avoid making them too deep. The pictured shelves are 51 inches long and 10 inches deep. Cut 2x4s to desired length and width.

Step 3: Build the Shelves

Attach 2x4s with deck screws and a drill to create a rectangular box. If desired, use hex bolts to attach the front of the shelves for an extra-industrial look. 

Step 4: Add Shelf Braces

Add five wood braces to each shelf with a nail gun. Place one brace on each end of the shelf, then attach the other three at equidistant points. If desired, this is a good time to stain the shelf. Let dry before moving onto the next step. 

Step 5: Cut Plexiglass

Cut a piece of plexiglass to size to rest on the shelf braces. Many local hardware stores will cut the plexiglass for you, if you don't have the tools to do it yourself

Step 6: Install the Shelves

Find studs along the marked area of the wall. Attach the shelves with deck screws at each stud. If you don't have enough studs available, use wall anchors for supports. Place cut plexiglass on each shelf.

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