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DIY: Floating Bookshelf

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By Katy Sommerfeld

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for a unique and fun alternative to traditional home decor. One thing I’ve struggled with finding an alternative to is bookshelves.

Bookshelves can look clunky if done wrong, and if you’re wanting a more creative look, it can be hard to accomplish that with a traditional shelf. 
That’s why we’ve got the coolest, easiest bookshelf alternative for you on the blog today - the floating bookshelf. 

 

Floating bookshelves are designed in a way that makes the contents on them appear to be floating. They give a totally unique look to any room and will have guests asking how you made them. 

 

This DIY is one of the simplest and easiest, and it gives that floating effect to your books.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Corner braces - 2 for each stack of books you’re wanting to shelf
  • Screws for corner braces

Instructions

  1. Stack your books together in a way you like. Stacks of 5-6 work well. 
  2. Measure the depth of your book stacks to determine the sizes of corner braces you’ll need. Whatever the depths are, subtract 2 inches. For example, if one stack is 8 inches deep, you’ll need 6-inch corner braces for it.
  3. Next, measure the width of the smallest book in each stack to determine how far apart your braces should hang on the wall. Whatever the width of the smallest book is, subtract 2 inches. This is how far apart your braces should be in order to keep them from showing. For instance, if your smallest book is 6 inches deep, you’ll need to hang your corner braces 4 inches apart.
  4. Determine the layout for your floating shelves and mark the places on the wall you wish to hang them with a pencil. 
  5. Drill in each brace as you’ve marked on the wall. Finally, place your book stacks on top of the braces.

That’s all there is to it! This DIY is so easy and fast that you’ll have floating bookshelves in no time. This project is so much fun, and if you choose to make these floating bookshelves, make sure you take lots of pictures of your new, funky home decor!

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