Leaning Wall Shelf

Submitted by Ana White on Sun, 07/11/2010 - 18:26
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Large leaning shelves. Featuring five shelves, ranging in size from large to small, this leaning shelf will store and stylize any space.

I'm so happy to give you these plans today.  I know they have been requested many times over, and I just couldn't quite figure out how to build these without tons of leftover wood or having to create panels for the shelf bottoms.  I think I've done it, made it a plan I am proud to put my name on.  But there's no way around it, you are going to need a full sheet of plywood to build one . . . or two.

And while this plan only calls for one leaning wall shelf, you will have enough scrap plywood or MDF leftover to build a second one.

Other ways that you can save?  2x4s are cheaper than 1x4s, so try adding strength and saving several dollars by using 2x4s for the legs.  1x3s are about 1/2 the cost of 1x4s, so try using 1x3s for the shelf trim instead of the 1x4 shelf trim.

Warning - this shelf is bigger than it looks! Measure and adjust accordingly.


Shopping List

6 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long
1 - sheet 3/4" Hardwood Playood or MDF 3/4" Thick, cut as shown in cutting layout
60 - 1 1/4" Pocket Hole Screws
35 1 1/4" Wood Screws
2 Heavy Duty Picture hanging Kits
Wood Glue
120 Grit Sandpaper
Wood Filler

Cut List

2 - 1x4 @ 77 4/8" (Shelf Sides, cut and mark in step 1)
5 - 1x4 @ 33" (Shelf Supports)
1 - 3/4" Plywood @ 17 1/4" x 31 1/2" (Bottom Shelf)
1 - 3/4" Plywood @ 14 1/4" x 31 1/2" (2nd Shelf)
1 - 3/4" Plywood @ 12 1/4" x 31 1/2" (3rd Shelf)
1 - 3/4" Plywood @ 10 1/4" x 31 1/2" (4th Shelf)
1 - 3/4" Plywood @ 8 1/4" x 31 1/2" (5th Shelf)
2 - 1x4 @ 17 1/4" (Bottom Shelf Trim)
2 - 1x4 @ 14 1/4" (2nd Shelf Trim)
2 - 1x4 @ 12 1/4" (3rd Shelf Trim)
2 - 1x4 @ 10 1/4" (4th Shelf Trim)
2 - 1x4 @ 8 1/4" (Top Shelf Trim
5 - 1x4 @ 33" (Shelf Back Trim)

Cutting Instructions


General Instructions

NOTE: MAKE SURE YOU CUT THE SHELF SUPPORTS @ 33″ and NOT 31 1/2″ (See Comments)


Step 1

And just in case one of those diagrams is a little teeny to read, here’s an expandable view. You can click the diagram for a larger view.


Miss Amanda (not verified)

Sun, 07/11/2010 - 18:58

This looks great and is going in the list of things to build... you are making my plan to build everything for my new house possible!

Tracie (not verified)

Mon, 07/12/2010 - 03:30

Oh they look so great! I have been contemplating building one to match my current one that I bought on Craigslist.

Leslie (not verified)

Mon, 07/12/2010 - 04:34

Holy Cow! I love it! I'm looking around my house as we speak, trying to figure out where it will go. I'm thinking my bedroom, painted a nice hydrangea blue. Thanks for sharing this very awesome plan. I bet it's gonna be popular!

casicola (not verified)

Mon, 07/12/2010 - 06:17

YaY!!!! I cant wait to try these....and maybe put a wine rack in them..they are yummy plans..Thanks for all you do!!

The Trees (not verified)

Mon, 07/12/2010 - 18:47

I almost bought some similar shelves for much more than double the cost. And these, much prettier... Thanks!

Kara (not verified)

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 02:47

I'm so excited that you posted these!! This is the LAST thing to build to make my living room complete, so now I can put it on my to-do list!! Thank you so much!!

Connie Nobbe (not verified)

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 09:06

I've always admired those pottery barn shelves but could not bring myself to pay the price. Thanks so much for these plans! You are awesome! Also, just wondering, how did you make your plans into such a nice PDF file?

slcortez (not verified)

Wed, 07/21/2010 - 04:59

These are great. I wonder how I would need to reinforce a wider center shelf to hold a 40" flatscreen.

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