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Three small timber shelves arranged vertically between two windows

Overview

These lightweight shelves are perfect for any room because they don't have any clunky hardware and they give you more storage space. In a few simple steps, we'll show you how easy it is to build and mount shelves with a great finish.

Steps

1Cut your timber

Once you've worked out how long you want your shelves to be, you can have your timber pre-cut at your local Bunnings. We cut 3 lengths of 300m from the 185mm x 19mm timber and 3 lengths of 280mm from the 42mm x 19mm timber.

An assortment to tools required to complete this project

2Drill the holes for the shelf support and shelf

Mark where you're going to drill the 3 holes in the bottom of the shelf support. Make sure the holes are in the middle of the timber and an equal distance apart. Then clamp the shelf and the shelf support to a workbench so that their edges are flush and pre-drill the 3 holes.

A person drilling a hole in a small piece of wood

3Join the shelf and the shelf support

Apply some PVA wood glue to the back of the shelf support. Then clamp the shelf and shelf support to the workbench again. Drill three screws into the holes you've already made, driving them below the surface of the timber with a countersink bit.

A person applying glue to a small piece of wood

4Apply the putty

Use a putty knife and putty to cover up the screws in the shelf support and to hide any gaps between the joints of the timber. Wait for the putty to dry, then sand it off until it's smooth. You can also give the whole shelf a sand for a nice, even finish.

A person sanding a small timber shelf

5Stain or paint the shelf

Giving the shelf a stain or paint before you hang it will make it look great. If you're staining it, for a more professional look, wait for the first coat to dry, sand it back lightly and then apply the second coat.

A person coating a small timber shelf with clear varnish

6Attach the wall anchors

Now you need to choose where you want the shelf to be. Using a spirit level, mark on the wall the distance of the holes you drilled in the shelf support. Screw wall anchors into these marks.

 A person placing spirit level on a wall next to a window

7Attach the shelf to the wall

Line up the holes in the shelf support with the wall anchors. Then drill screws into the wall anchors to secure the shelf.

A person screwing a shelf to a wall using a cordless drill and extension drill bit

8Apply the finishing touches

You can also putty up the holes, sand it back and apply more stain for the perfect finish.

Three small timber shelves arranged vertically between two windows

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.