How to Make Shelving Turn Corners

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Making your own shelving is usually a simple process of cutting and finishing some boards and mounting them on the wall with shelving brackets. This process works fine when you want a shelf on one wall. If you'd like to wrap the shelf around a corner, though, it gets a little more complicated. Whether you're trying to fill an inside corner or go around an outside one, the process is the same. It's just the direction you take that's a little different.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Wood
  • Miter box
  • Saw
  • Mounting brackets
  • Drill
  • Mounting hardware
  • Screwdriver

Turn an Outer Corner

  • Measure your wall from the corner to where you want the shelf to stop on both walls. These two figures will be the base measurements for the shelving.

  • Measure one piece of wood from the right edge toward the center and mark it with a pencil. Use the figure from the right wall. Do the same with the figure from the left wall, measuring the wood from the left edge toward the center.

  • Place the right shelf in the miter box so that the pencil mark matches the top slot on the box. Saw the board on a 45 degree angle, so the larger length of wood is on the bottom edge of the board. The cut will be outward and toward the left. Cut the left shelf in the opposite manner, cutting the right edge from the pencil mark down and toward the right. Each board will now have one straight edge and one edge with a 45 degree angle.

  • Mount shelf brackets along each wall to hold both shelf pieces up. Fit each shelf piece onto its respective bracket. The edges angled 45 degrees will meet in the middle at the corner, creating a seam that stretches out from the wall corner to the edge of the shelves.

Turn an Inside Corner

  • Measure your wall from the corner to where you want the shelf to stop on both walls. These two figures will be the base measurements for the shelving.

  • Measure one piece of wood from the right edge toward the center and mark it with a pencil. Use the figure from the right wall. Do the same with the figure from the left wall, measuring the wood from the left edge toward the center.

  • Place the right shelf in the miter box so that the pencil mark matches the top slot on the box. Saw the board on a 45 degree angle, so the larger length of wood is on the top edge of the board. The cut will be inward and toward the right. Cut the left shelf in the opposite manner, cutting the right edge from the pencil mark down and toward the left. Each board will now have one straight edge and one edge with a 45 degree angle.

  • Mount shelf brackets along each wall to hold both shelf pieces up. Fit each shelf piece onto its respective bracket. The edges angled 45 degrees will meet in the middle at the corner, creating a seam that stretches out from the wall corner to the edge of the shelves.

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