How to Build a DIY Floating Wall Display Shelf with Storage

Need a new storage or display space for your house. Check out the following projects and see if it fits you in any way. It is easy to make while it looks wonderful at the same time.

Step 1. Materials and tools


  • 2 – 1” x 2” x 8 ft pine board
  • 2 – ¼” x 2 ft x 4 ft plywood panel


  • Wood glue
  • Screws
  • Clamps
  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • Drill or screwdriver
  • Brad nailer with nails
  • Paint brush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint

Step 2. Cut the pieces of wood into some dimensions below

  • 2 – ¼” x 2” x 21 3/8”
  • 4 – ¼” x 2” x 8”
  • 4 – ¼” x 8” x 21”
  • 8 – 1” x 2” x 6 ½”
  • 4 – 1” x 2” x 21”

Step 3. In this project, some small pieces of wood are used for building the frame into the shelf inside part as to strengthen the structure of the shelf when being mounted into the wall. The layout of the shelf frame is shown in the picture.

Step 4. From the shelf frame displayed in step 3, now attach all wood pieces altogether using some screws as to build the shelf frame.

Step 5.  After the shelf frame is ready, attach the panels onto the frame. Attach the panels using some glue. To give stronger hold, you can also use some nails. If you can see from the picture, the front side of 1×2 board frame is not being glued.

This frame side is actually not being attached into the frame. It is used only as to help the alignment of the shelf while the frame pieces are being glued. This front 1×2 board will be removed once the frame is being attached into the wall.

Step 6. The picture shows the position of 1×2 front boards which is not being glued along with its finishing piece after the frame is mounted into the wall.

Step 7. Mount the shelf onto the wall. Screw the shelf from the inside part of the shelf using screwdriver. To help this assembly process, you can use some stud finder for the stability.

Step 8. Before attaching all screws into the shelf, check if the shelf is even horizontally and vertically. After the shelf is leveled, insert all remaining screws.

Step 9. Attach second shelf using the same measurement and methods. Make sure that it is leveled.

Step 10. After all shelves are attached onto the wall, mount 1×2 front boards into all front frame sides.

Step 11. After 1×2 front boards are installed, glue ¼” boards into the front boards and secure the joint using some nails or brad nailer in place. Wipe off the remaining glue which leaks from the frame seam using the paper towel.

Step 12. While waiting for the glue to set, tape the shelves off for painting.

Step 13. After the glue is set, apply two paint coats into all parts of the shelves.