How to Build Shelves in a Wall Indentation

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Wall indentations, alcoves, or nooks are ideal spots for adding shelves. Shelves will make use of the space effectively and attractively, providing the homeowner with a convenient spot for storage and display. This simple design relies on inexpensive materials and basic construction techniques. You'll end up with functional and attractive shelves in your home's wall indentation.

Things You'll Need

  • Wall shelf brackets 1-by-6-inch board lumber Paint/stain Saw Wall anchors Stud finder Wood screws Drill Screwdriver
  • Measure the width of your wall indentation. Decide how many shelves you want to go into the wall indentation, and at what vertical spacing (that is, how much space will be between them). This will depend to a large degree on what you'll be putting on the shelves--however, 12 to 18 inches between shelves is a good starting point. Sketch out a simple design showing the number of shelves and their spacing.

  • Cut your shelves from the 1-by-6-inch board lumber. Make the shelves 1 inch narrower than the indentation, and cut enough shelves to fit your plans you sketched out in Step 1.

  • Measure up from the floor and mark the wall in your indentation for the position of the shelves. Draw lines with a straightedge and a level to indicate the position of the shelves.

  • Place wall shelf brackets on the wall. Space the brackets at 16 inches apart and screw them into the studs on the wall. Make sure that the top of each bracket is even with the lines you drew in Step 3--this will ensure that the shelves are level.

  • Place your shelves on the brackets. Paint or stain the shelves before placing them if you wish. Secure the shelves in place on the brackets with a small wood screw.

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