Fast, Easy, and Cheap DIY Floating Shelf!

By Dana Fox

During my recent living room makeover, I knew that I wanted a wood floating shelf above the couch, and I didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg, so my mission was to find a DIY floating shelf project that was quick and easy. I hopped online and found a variety of different tutorials, but nothing was really as easy as I had hoped for. I didn’t want to have to cut a ton of wood or strip pieces in half, so I decided to come up with my own plan using standard wood sizes that can easily be found in your home improvement store. I’m super happy with how it turned out so I wanted to share my plans so you can create one too! The best part… This shelf cost me under $20 to make!



Like I said, I made this as easy as possible. It uses 1×3’s for the frame and 1×10’s for the top and bottom. This shelf measures 5 feet long. You can adjust the length to suit your liking. Here are some things you will need:

Stain of your choice
1 ½” wood screws
Drill with drill bit
Wood (see cut list below)

Cut List:
You can cut the wood yourself, or just have your hardware store do it for you! I opted for them to do it because… hello, easy!
2 – 1×3’s cut to 5 feet long
5 – 1×3’s cut to 7¾ inches long
2 – 1×10’s cut to 5 feet long

1. Stain your wood beforehand. I failed at this part and was so excited to just build the shelf that I stained it while it was on the wall. Not the easiest. When your stain is dry, all you have to do is pop it together.

2. Create your frame as shown below (middle). Place two of the shorter pieces on either ends of the 5 foot 1×3’s and secure with screws. Pre-drill your holes so you don’t split your wood.  I placed just one screw in each end. The center three pieces are for added support.

3. Attach the frame to the wall! Find the studs in your wall and screw the frame right into them to be sure they’re secure. You want to make sure the frame is properly in place and secure before attaching the top and bottom pieces. This is how you make it “float”.

4. Place the top and bottom pieces onto the frame (shown below) and secure with screws! That’s it! If you stained it dark, you can even use a sharpie to colour over the screws to hide them.


I told you it was easy. Have fun and let me know if you make one, I’d love to see it!

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Dana Fox
Dana Fox
About me

I am a country loving Canadian with a mind that never sleeps. When I'm not running the Wonder Forest blog ship, you can find me creating artwork for phone cases and home decor, whilst managing the daily tasks of Dana Fox Creative. Visit me at the links below if you wanna be friends!


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  • Danielle Davis

    Ooh I love this! I love the stain used as well. Maybe I will try this out this weekend :)

    Smitten with Sunday

  • The Girl who Loved to Write

    Love the way this looks!


    I saw a floating shelf at Michaels a few days ago, and it was so overpriced!
    Your tutorial looks simple, and the result is very pretty! I like the artwork you have on display.

  • Ladyfairy closet

    Great job! I will try…

  • Whitney @ EHFAR

    Ummm.. LOVE!

  • Natalie Loves Beauty

    Amazing! I am totally bookmarking this, I was just lookung at some from Ikea the other day! x

  • Hanna Lei

    Very cool shelf. –Hanna Lei

  • Katie

    Perfect! I just need an apartment to need shelves for haha


  • Vicky

    That looks very impressive and I also love the way you styled it!

  • nearlytonewly

    I'd love to do something like this in my guest bathroom to show off cute little knick-knacks but I've had the hardest time finding one that fits my vision! I'm definitely interested in trying this one out – thanks for sharing!!


  • Faye

    This looks amazing and so easy to make, thanks for sharing! Love what you've put on yours also.

    Faye x

  • Grace Lynne Fleming

    I have a floating shelf above my tub and I LOVE IT! :)


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  • Monika Jones

    This floating shelf looks great and it's really easy to make! Have to try it.
    London domestic cleaning

  • Gintare Tuzinaite

    Love this room so much !

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  • White Bazaar

    Love this floating shelf, looks great! x

  • Rhonda

    Is this shelf 5 feet long? It doesn’t look that long in the pictures. Thanks!!

  • Ryan Becker

    What stain did you use?