High Rise Shelf

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A simple wall shelf that works great for storing CDs and DVDs, towels, or even books.



Shopping List

1 – 6 foot long 1×8
1 – 6 foot long 1×4
1 1/4″ screws
2″ screws

Cut List

1 – 1×4 @ 36 3/4″
2 – 1×4 @ 3 1/2″
4 – 1×4 @ 6 1/2″
5 – 1×8 @ 8 1/2″ (you can use a 1×6 or 1×12 and go a little longer)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Drill Bit Set


Step 1

Add Spacers

Layout spacers and mark. Then apply glue to the uglier side of the spacers and screw to the back board. I screwed from the back to hide all of my holes. Predrill holes. Yes, you can use a nailer here.

Step 2


Now add the shelves, center (or not) and screw in place.

Step 3


I screwed directly through the front of the shelf right into a stud in the wall. No stud? Just use a drywall anchoring system. The shelves are very sturdy, makes a nice, interesting display piece.


Laurie V (not verified)

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 01:14

No way.... I just put up the Ikea version of this last night. I knew I should have just waited for you!

Jim Reeves (not verified)

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 05:12

Hi Ana, as always looks awesome, l think l will make one of these, and then make 2 slightly shorter ones to hang on each side of the large middle shelf very cool.

Jim, Ontario, Canada

Danielle (not verified)

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 05:31

Oh my gosh. I am creating a new sewing room and this would be perfect, I mean perfect, to hold all my quilting books. Oh I am so gonna make those and will send pics when they are done. Will be a while, the room is being built. heehee

Michelle (not verified)

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 07:01

Love, love, love the CB2 shot with the towels! This shelf has a million and 1 uses and I am going to have to make more than one! Thanks again Ana.

squiremouse (not verified)

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 07:08

Ohhh perfect for displaying all the Lego creations my kids are getting for X-mas. And they will still be able to reach them to take them down and play with them!

Lisa (not verified)

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 08:07

Another idea for this would be to extend it to make a modern looking shelving unit that can be attach to the wall studs. Make two of the back braces and lengthen the shelves. Then notch the shelves where they go into the braces so they are flush with the wall. Just a spin on floating shelves using this amazing design. :)

Tina Garza (not verified)

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 14:15

Ana you read my mind. This is exactly what I wanted to build for my bathroom to hold rolled up towels. Make it spa like. Thank you!

Allison (not verified)

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 20:45

Ana, I have been missing the bragging board, too! This is perfect. It's so helpful to be able to look at other people's projects, ask questions, and see how they tweaked their specific project (cuz we all do, right?!). You rock.

Also, I hope you have a totally amazing holiday! We appreciate what you do on this site SO much. You made my Christmas one of the best ones of my life because I made myself a Farmhouse Bed for Christmas. May you reap all the goodness you have sown in to so many other people's lives. Thank you!

Atticus Finch (not verified)

Sun, 01/02/2011 - 08:06

Superb Ana! I like the idea from Lisa of extending the shelving... I might have to give this one a go as my son's room is partly decorated.

Melissa (not verified)

Tue, 01/18/2011 - 04:13

Great idea!! Do you think that these shelves would hold a DVD player and a gaming system?

PMSandaGun (not verified)

Sat, 02/12/2011 - 13:57

So I just made one for my bathroom...and then I realized it would be great in one corner of the dining room where my son's books are...which then made me realize it would be PERFECT in this little 20" span of wall in my son's room, lol. Oh, where to put it now?!

Guest (not verified)

Wed, 04/13/2011 - 15:55

This is exactly what I needed for my very small main bathroom.  

I modified the plans to make it longer (more space between the same number of shelves and the shelves) and a little wider at 12".
I was able to use MDF cutoffs that I had in the garage, so it was free!
Thanks so much Ana.


Sun, 01/29/2012 - 19:21

I am going to build this shelve to go under my wall mounted TV. I am going to add 1x2 on each edge down the back to create a channel to hide my wires. Thanks for the great plan!

Evil Empryss

Thu, 07/18/2013 - 12:19

I have two dozen glass shelves I got from a department store -- the thick, heavy duty glass used for their display shelves. Does anyone think this plan might be workable for supporting them if I upped the thickness of the 1x4 to 2x4? I was thinking that I could screw them to the wall studs and have two of these shelf supports to support each end of the glass. I'd like to have a wall-mounted entertainment center, but individual brackets are too expensive. I don't have anything heavy to put on it, so I know the glass will hold... it's the brackets I'm most concerned with. Any advice would be great!