I wanted to make shelves to go above the desk I made for my wife’s office space. I had simple straight shelves in mind, but when I suggested that to my wife, she said she didn’t want normal, boring shelves. So I started looking for shelves that would not be “boring.” I found some L-shaped shelves online and showed them to my wife. She gave me her approval. I designed these shelves to function in a pair and provide plenty of storage space for books and other things that my wife would need near her work space.
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(Per Shelf- Double for 2 Shelves)
- 1- 1 x 10 x 8
- 1- 1 x 2 (Need 28 in)
- 1-1/4 in Pocket Hole Screws (Kreg SML-C125-100 1-1/4-Inch 8-Coarse Washer-Head Pocket Screws, 100-Count)
- 2-1/2 in Screws to attach shelf to stud (Kreg SML-C250-50 2-1/2-Inch #8 Coarse Washer-Head Pocket Screws, 50 Count)
- Pocket Hole Plugs (Kreg P-PNT Paint Grade Plugs – 50 count)
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jig (Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System)
1 x 10
- 1 @ 28 in
- 1 @ 19.25 in
- 1 @ 16 in
- 1 @ 8.75 in
- 2 @ 8 in
1 x 2:
- 1 @ 28 in
Note: I flipped the location of the pocket holes on the matching shelf that I hung above. I did this so that the pocket holes would be hidden from view.
Step 5: Attach 19.25 piece to connect the L using pocket holes
Step 6: Attach 28 in 1 x 2 piece to the back of the shelf. I used pocket holes for the sides (which I placed on the back of the board so it is not seen), and then I used a nail gun to attach the top of the board to the L shelf. If you don’t have a nail gun, you could use counter sink screws. Step 7: Glue pocket hole plugs to cover up pocket holes
Step 8: Sand and paint or stain.
Step 9: Attach to wall using 28 in 1 x 2 piece. Make sure to attach to a stud.
Here is my wife’s office space with my DIY desk and my DIY wall file.