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Shelf Brackets

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Last Updated on May 3, 2021

Learn how to build simple and inexpensive wood shelf brackets with this quick tutorial and downloadable woodworking plans. I’ll also show you how I installed my brackets to create the perfect DIY open shelving.

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diy open shelving build your own brackets tutorial and printable plans

I’m in the middle of a Budget Pantry Makeover for my small walk-in pantry. The first project I tackled for this makeover was my Basic Storage Shelf. Talk about an upgrade!

basic storage shelf plans finished shelf

With that first big project out of the way, I moved on to putting in some super simple DIY open shelving. I decided to build shelf brackets for this project rather than buy them to save a little money.

Today I’m sharing with you the whole process for building and installing DIY open shelving. It’s a super easy and quick project, friends. Enjoy!

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DIY Wood Shelf Bracket Woodworking Plans

I’ll go over some of the details of this project here. You can grab the full instructions in the printable woodworking plans in my woodworking plans shop.

All of the woodworking plans in my shop include a lumber list, cut list and supply list. They also feature digitally rendered images and detailed instructions that walk you through each step of the build. I use easy-to-understand language that’s perfect for beginners.

Planning your DIY Open Shelving

Choosing boards for open shelving

Putting together DIY open shelving is about 100x easier if you use good quality, straight boards. Be super selective with the boards you choose for you shelf. Trust me – spending an extra 10 minutes picking out the perfect board will save you 30 minutes of headache down the road (and a trip back to the lumber yard).

If you’re not sure how to shop for good quality boards, I have a whole post that outlines what to look for here.

I chose to use 2×10 boards for my open shelving because I like the look of a thicker shelf. If you’re planning to put heavy things on your shelf like dishes or books I recommend using 2″ thick boards. You can also use 1″ thick boards, but your shelves will not be as strong and may bow under too much weight.

Bracket Spacing

The spacing of your DIY wood shelf brackets will also have a big impact on the strength of your shelf.

If you are using a 2″ thick shelf board, plan to space your brackets 48″ or less apart. Mine are spaced at 32″.

completed DIY open shelving with diy wood shelf brackets

If you are using a 1″ thick shelf board, space your brackets 36″ or less apart.

Note the board thickness I’m referring to (2″ or 1″) is the nominal board dimensions, not the actual thickness. If you’re not sure what that means, click here to learn about wood dimensions.

Build your DIY Wood Shelf Brackets

Supplies

Cut your 1x2s

Start by cutting your 1x2s to size according to the DIY Wood Shelf Bracket Printable Plans. I used a miter saw to cut all of my pieces. The diagonal support for the wood shelf brackets is cut at 45 degrees on each end.

Sand

After cutting all of the pieces for my brackets, I gave them a quick sand using a medium grit sanding block. I didn’t worry about getting the bracket super smooth, but instead focused on fixing up a few areas of tear out.

Connect top & back pieces

Next, connect the top and back pieces of the DIY wood shelf brackets. Use wood glue and a 1 1/2″ wood screw through the top of the top bracket piece. I recommend pre-drilling your hole with a 1/8″ drill bit (mine is from this set) to prevent the wood from splitting.

attach two boards to build diy open shelving brackets

Attach diagonal support

After you have made the “L” shape for your brackets with the top and bottom piece, it’s time to attach the diagonal support. Again, you’ll want to use wood glue and 1 1/2″ wood screws for this.

First, put wood glue on the ends of your diagonal support and then line it up inside the bracket so that it fits snuggly against both the top and bottom of the bracket. Next, pre-drill a hole through the outside of the bracket into the diagonal support. Do this on both the top and the bottom.

use wood screws to attach diagonal support for diy wood shelf bracket

After pre-drilling your holes, drill your 1 1/2″ wood screws in. You’ll want to make sure that your screw is level with the wood or slightly sunken in. This way your bracket will sit flush against the wall and the shelf will sit flush on top of the bracket.

Stain or Paint

Lastly, when you’re finished building your brackets it’s time to stain or paint them. I decided to stain mine with Minwax Golden Oak Wood Stain. This is the same color that I used for the shelves.

completed diy wood shelf brackets

Installing DIY Wood Shelf Brackets

Supplies

Mark bracket placement

The first thing I did was draw a line on my wall where I wanted the top of my brackets to be. I used a long level to lightly draw a straight line with a pencil. Next, I used a stud finder to mark the studs.

We placed our brackets 32″ apart on the wall studs. This will offer plenty of support for the 2″ thick open shelving that will go on top of the DIY wood shelf brackets.

Pre-drill holes

Before attaching the brackets to the wall, pre-drill the holes both in the bracket and in the wall.

I started by pre-drilling a hole through the back of the bracket. I chose to use a 1/4″ drill bit based on the diameter of my lag screws.

Next, I held the bracket against the wall where I would be installing it and made a mark on the wall through the hole. Then, I removed the bracket and drilled a hole in the wall on the mark.

pre-drill holes when installing diy wood shelf brackets

Then, I put the bracket back on the wall and pre-drilled another hole through the bottom of the bracket into the wall.

Attach DIY wood shelf brackets to wall

Once all of the holes are drilled it’s time to install the open shelving brackets using the lag screws. I used (2) 2-1/2″ lag screws to attach each bracket to the wall.

use lag screws to attach to wall

The lag screw on the bottom of the wood bracket can be installed using a drill with a socket attachment. Using the drill is so much easier than muscling the lag screw in with a socket wrench. This set includes sockets, a socket wrench and a drill attachment – everything you should need.

use a socket wrench to tighten lag screws

The lag screw that goes behind the diagonal support will have to be installed using a wrench and a socket wrench. There just isn’t enough room in that space to use the drill. This makes the installation take a little longer, but man are these brackets on the wall tight!

Attach shelf

Once you have all of the brackets secured to the wall, it’s time to add the open shelving on top.

Place the wood shelf on top of the brackets and pre-drill a hole through the end of the bracket into the bottom of the shelf. Then, use the socket attachment for your drill to secure the shelf to the bracket with a 1-1/2″ lag screw.

diy wood shelf brackets for diy open shelving

Originally I had planned to attach the shelf using 2 screws (one through the end of the bracket and one behind the diagonal support). But, after installing the lag screw into the shelf through the end of the bracket the shelf was plenty sturdy. So I decided to leave it at just 1 screw per bracket.

DIY Wood Shelf Brackets & Open Shelving

So that’s how my husband and I installed open shelving in our pantry using DIY wood shelf brackets. I love how the shelves turned out! They are so much more sturdy and pretty to look at than the wire shelving we had in the pantry before.

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Do you have any questions? Are planning to build your own DIY wood shelf brackets? Leave a comment and let’s chat!

If you decide to use this tutorial to plan your own DIY open shelving, I would love to see your project! You can tag me on Instagram and Facebook as @MamaNeedsaProject. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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How to Make Cheap and Easy DIY Shelf Brackets

These simple DIY shelf brackets are incredibly easy and inexpensive to make. With just a few pieces of scrap wood, you can create beautiful open shelving for any room in your house.

I love open shelving for adding extra style and storage to empty walls and the simplicity of these diy wood shelf brackets makes them a good fit for any decor style.

I made these shelf brackets for the open shelving in my $100 bathroom makeover and I love how they turned out!

These diy shelves are a great way to use some of your small bits of scrap wood, but even if you have to buy all of your wood new, it only costs a few dollars for all the wood you need to make a whole pile of shelf brackets. 

reclaimed wood bathroom shelves with diy white shelf brackets against a white herringbone wall with text: cheap and easy diy wood shelves.

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Materials

  • Reclaimed wood or a 2″ x 10″ common board – for your shelf boards
  • 2″ x 2″ furring strip – you can find these for super cheap at your local home improvement store
  • 1″ x 2″ pine common board
  • 100-grit sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing nails
  • Paint or stain of your choice – I used white paint and dark walnut stain for the weathered white finish on my shelf brackets.
  • 2½” screws – for hanging. These screws are ideal because they have a built-in anchor and are made specifically for hanging things like shelves.

Tools

How to Make DIY Shelf Brackets

Dimensions

The shelf brackets I made are 7.5″ tall and 7.5″ deep. This size works well for most shelf sizes, but you can easily adapt these instructions for larger shelves. My shelves are 8″ deep and these brackets are perfect.

If you want to hang deeper shelves, you can adjust your support measurements to be a bit bigger. Just make sure your brackets are at least 1/2″ shorter than your shelves – otherwise they will stick out.

I have used these same shelf brackets for both 36″ wide shelves and 26″ shelves and they worked great for both. If you want to use these for longer shelves, it’s a good idea to add an additional bracket every 3 or 4 feet to prevent bowing.

Cutting the Pieces

To make the shelf brackets, cut a 2″ x 2″ board to 7.5″ (or whatever length you have chosen for your supports). Cut a second piece to 6″ (or 1.5″ shorter than the first piece).

To make the final side of the shelf brackets, use a miter saw to cut the 1″x2″ board  to 5.5″ long, with a 45-degree angle cut along each side to form a trapezoid as shown in the photo below.

Three pieces of wood needed for diy shelf brackets - two rectangular pieces and a small trapezoid.

Sand any rough edges.

Building the brackets

DIY wood shelf brackets with arrows pointing to the three spots where finishing nails are used to attach them.

Use wood glue and finishing nails to connect the three pieces to form the shelf bracket.

simple diy wood shelf bracket before adding paint or stain

Weathered Paint Finish

Depending on the look you want, you can either paint or stain your shelf brackets. You might want to stain your brackets to match the finish of your shelves themselves. I decided to paint my shelf brackets instead so the gorgeous reclaimed wood of my actual shelves would stand out more.

I used one of my favorite weathered paint techniques on my brackets to complement my reclaimed wood shelves. For a similar finish, start by painting the shelf brackets white.

diy wood shelf brackets painted white

Then sand them to reveal some of the raw wood beneath, really focusing on the edges and corners.

Using a clean rag, wipe a dark stain all over the bracket, making sure to cover all of the exposed edges.

diy shelf brackets with dark stain wiped on all of the edges

Immediately afterward, use a second clean rag dipped in mineral spirits to wipe away all of the excess stain. The stain will stick to the raw wood that you exposed when sanding but wipe away from the paint. This gives a quick and easy natural-looking weathered finish.

wood shelf brackets with a weathered white paint finish.

Choosing wood for your shelves

You can use pretty much any sturdy wood for your actual shelves. I had some great reclaimed wood that I cut to size for my open shelving. You can also use common board or even buy wood that is specifically marketed as ‘shelf board’ and have it cut to size in the store.

Whatever wood you use, just make sure to choose straight boards that are thick enough to be sturdy. Two inch thick boards work really well, especially for longer shelves, but one inch boards can also work. 

Hanging your shelves

When you are ready to hang your shelves, if at all possible, it’s a good idea to screw the brackets directly into studs. But sometimes that just isn’t possible. If I had hung the shelves in my bathroom using studs, they would have looked completely random instead of being centered over the toilet. So instead I used plan B to hang these shelves – sturdy anchors.

Start by predrilling holes through your shelf brackets where the screws will go. Whenever you predrill holes for screws, they should be just slightly smaller than the screws you will be using. Then use a large drill bit to notch out a larger area just at the very beginning of each hole. This creates a pocket for the screwhead to fit in so that it is flush with the wood.

wood shelf bracket attached to the wall with two screws. Arrows point to the two places to attach the screws.

You are going to be drilling one hole straight through the bottom of the shelf bracket and one diagonally through the top and back of the bracket as shown above. These cabinet-mounting screws are perfect for hanging these shelf brackets. They have a built-in anchor and are made specifically for hanging things like shelves.

You’ll want to use a level when hanging your shelves to make sure they are perfectly straight. You may also want to screw your shelf boards to your shelf brackets, especially if your shelves are in a high traffic area. (Or you live where there are earthquakes.)

Just screw up through the top of your shelf brackets into the bottom of each shelf. I chose to skip this step since my shelves are tucked out of the way.

Reclaimed wood shelves with white diy wood brackets hanging on a white herringbone wood wall.

Here are my diy shelf brackets in action in my recently finished $100 master bathroom makeover.

diy bathroom shelves hanging over toilet.

herringbone wall tutorial

And here is a slightly longer version I made a couple of years ago.

Reclaimed wood shelves with diy white shelf brackets styled with farmhouse decor.

I love the way these shelves look. They really are awesome for adding both style and storage to any blank wall.  

If you haven’t seen them yet, you should definitely check out my full $100 bathroom makeover and the how-to for that gorgeous herringbone wood wall

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Collage of wood needed to build diy shelf brackets above completed diy wood shelves made with white shelf brackets and reclaimed wood shelves.

 

cheap and easy diy wood shelves with diy shelf brackets

How to Make Cheap and Easy DIY Shelf Brackets

It's easy to make your own shelf brackets for open shelving using inexpensive lumber or even scrap wood.

Materials

  • Reclaimed wood or a 2″ x 10″ common board
  • 2″ x 2″ furring strip
  • 1″ x 2″ pine common board
  • 100-grit sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing nails
  • Paint or stain of your choice
  • 2½” screws – for hanging

Tools

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Miter saw
  • Hammer
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Level

Instructions

  1. Cut a 2″ x 2″ board to 7.5″.
  2. Cut a second piece to 6″.
  3. Use a miter saw to cut the 1″x2″ board  to 5.5″ long, with a 45-degree angle at each side to form a trapezoid.
  4. Sand any rough edges.
  5. Use wood glue and finishing nails to connect the three pieces to form the shelf bracket.
  6. Paint or stain your shelf brackets.
  7. Sand them to reveal some of the raw wood focusing on the edges and corners.
  8. With a clean rag, wipe a dark stain all over the bracket.
  9. Use a second clean rag dipped in mineral spirits to wipe away the excess stain.
  10. Hang your shelves by predrilling holes through your shelf brackets where the screws will go.
  11. Use a large drill bit to notch out a larger area at the beginning of each hole. 
  12. Drill one hole straight through the bottom of the shelf bracket and one diagonally through the top and back of the bracket.
  13. Use a level when hanging your shelves.
  14. Add the boards to the shelves.

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