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Wall-Mounted Shelf with Storage

This easy-to-build wall shelf can be used for books or a creative place for a flat-panel TV.

Wall-Mounted Shelf

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 Weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Miter saw
  • Cordless drill and driver bits
  • Tape measure
  • Carpenter’s square
  • Hammer or compressor and brad nailer
  • Random-orbit sander and 120-grit sanding discs
  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • Fine-grit sanding sponge
  • Painter’s tape


  • See Project Diagram for lumber required
  • 6-in angle braces
  • 2-in flathead wood screws (verify the screws match the holes in the angle braces you purchase)
  • 5/8-in long flathead wood screws (verify the screws match the holes in the angle braces you purchase)
  • 4d finish nails or 18-gauge x 1-1/2-in brad nails
  • Wood glue
  • Wood filler
  • Aerosol primer for the metal braces
  • Valspar paint, Bistro White, #7006-4

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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This easy-to-make shelf is ready to tackle many organizational duties in your home. It could be used with a mirror in your entry or to support a flat-panel TV in your guest room. The shelf is designed to be very strong, and if you secure it to wall studs, it will hold just about anything you want to stack on it. If you use hollow-wall anchors, verify the ratings of the hangers and the weight of the items you wish to store.

Make a Shelf

Step 1

From each 1 x 10 pine board, cut a top/bottom (A) and two ends/dividers (B) (Project Diagram, Cutting List, and Cutting Diagram). Sand the boards prior to assembly with 120-grit sandpaper.

Step 2

Use a side to support the top during assembly.

Mark the locations of the ends and dividers on the top and bottom. Using a brad nailer and glue, drive nails through the top and bottom into the ends and dividers (Project Diagram). Use a square to make sure the assembly is square.

Step 3

Fill the nail holes using wood filler and allow to dry. Sand the surfaces smooth and lightly sand all the sharp wood edges to make the project smooth to the touch.

Step 4

Prime and paint the shelf per the manufacturer’s instructions. Lightly sanding between coats with a fine-grit sanding sponge will improve the feel of the painted finish when you are done.

Step 5

As an option, you can paint the brackets that support the shelf. Wipe the metal with mineral spirits and apply an aerosol primer. When the primer is dry, add the finish color to match your shelf or the wall where it will be attached.

Hang the Shelf

Step 1

Cut a 48-inch piece of painter’s tape. Using a level, apply it to the wall where you want the top of the shelf. Then use a stud finder to locate wall studs and mark their positions on the tape.

Step 2

Secure the angle braces to the wall, the braces should be 1/4 inch from the inside faces of the ends with the top of the brace even with the bottom edge of the painter’s tape

Good to Know

If possible, screw one of the braces into a wall stud using 2-inch screws. Then fasten the other side using wall anchors rated by the manufacturer to support the weight of the shelf and its contents.

Step 3

Rest the shelf on the braces and adjust the location of the shelf to its final position. Drive screws into the shelf to attach it to the braces.

Good to Know

When purchasing angle braces, buy screws at the same time to verify the heads of the screws will be larger than the mounting holes in the braces.

This easy-to-build wall shelf can be used for books or a creative place for a flat-panel TV.