A DIY floating ladder shelf that fits in perfectly with any decor or room. Combine DIY floating shelves and DIY ladder shelves to create this unique open shelf. The step by step plans show you how to build this perfect alternative to simple open shelves.
This DIY Floating Ladder Shelf is my take on the ubiquitous ever so popular floating shelves and ladder shelves.
After taking down the untrimmed stock cabinets off of the wall, I needed a little more storage in the guest bathroom that I recently refreshed.
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I debated about adding regular floating shelves but wanted to add a little more excitement than the usual simple floating shelf.
Also, I had taken off the towel bar from its original spot – above the toilet.
It wasn’t exactly a place I wanted to hang towels on. Adding a towel bar under the shelf just made sense.
So we have a DIY floating ladder shelf with a towel bar – all in one!
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DIY FLoating Ladder Shelf Plans
Step by step pictures of the build is below along with a few notes.
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Materials needed for the DIY floating ladder shelf –
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How to build a DIY Floating Ladder shelf –
I have a video tutorial for you if you would like to see it in action. As usual, the written step by step tutorial follows.
DIY Floating Ladder Shelf Tutorial
- Start by making all the cuts in the lumber per the plans and sanding them smooth.
- Drill holes halfway through the long 1 x 3 boards using a 3/4″ spade bit.
- Assemble the individual shelves using wood glue and finish nails.
- This is a good time to paint or stain your shelves too if you like.
- If you have space on either side of the shelf to attach the sides, you can do the next steps directly on the wall. If like me, you have a tight space and can’t reach the shelf from one side, create a template on the floor like I did with painters tape and assemble the shelf before mounting on the wall.
- Once the shelves are in place (on the wall or the floor), attach the first side per the plans using wood glue and finish nails.
- Attach the wood dowel to the first side using wood glue and hold it in place by attaching the second side to the shelves.
- Once, the shelf is built, if you haven’t already, attach it to the wall using anchors or 3″ screws directly into the studs.
That’s it! It is such a simple shelf to build and adds the perfect twist to the usual ladder shelf.
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