DIY Shelf Brackets

DIY Shelf Brackets

Shelves are definitely beneficial in every home.

Whether it’s for your kitchen, living room, or bedroom, it will still play a significant role in that area. It will not only make use of empty walls, but it will also give you a good place for storage or decoration without eating up floor space. Thus, it is very beneficial with areas where space is not a premium.

However, these floating shelves need a sturdy bracket to hold them, especially when you’re going to store heavy items.

Sometimes, ready-made racks from the stores also do not match our kitchen shelves which lessens the aesthetics of your home. Another downside is that shelf brackets from stores tend to be very costly. 

If you face the same dilemmas, a DIY shelf bracket will undoubtedly do the trick for you. If this sounds like a particular interest, check out the tips and tricks that you can do for a successful DIY shelf bracket. 

Why Make Your Own?

Why Make Your Own?

First things first, why is making your own shelf bracket beneficial?

Well, here are some of the few reasons that you should consider to convince yourself in doing this project:

Cheaper than store-bought brackets

Yes, indeed, you can easily buy a shelf bracket from any store near you. However, keep note that prices can be pretty pricey, depending on the material and the quality of the product. Therefore, if you are on a tight budget, doing it on your own can be an excellent solution to this problem.

Freedom of design to match your shelf

Have you searched all the stores near you or all the shops online, yet you can’t find a design that matches your existing shelf? Well, doing it on your own can be a game-changer.

When you decide to make it yourself, you have all the freedom in the world to use the material you like and to paint it whatever color you want. Doing so will help you achieve that design you have envisioned in your mind; thus, matching your existing shelf.  

Control of size

Some homeowners tend to face this problem. As they say, size matters!

Therefore, you want to match the size of your bracket to the size of your shelf. However, you might not always find the right shelf bracket size in every store. DYing is your problem’s solution. 

Recycling purposes

Do you have scrap wood or metals in your home?

If you’re thinking of throwing them into your garbage bins, well, think again! These scrap items can be recycled and turned into shelf brackets. Not only will you be able to save money, but you can also help minimize waste and save the environment. 

DIY Shelf Bracket Ideas

  • Wooden Shelf Brackets – If you’re looking for a rustic or naturalist shelf bracket design to match your bohemian or minimalistic house theme, this design is totally for you! You can use scrap wood or baseboards and make them a bracket. Finish it off with nice natural paint, and voila! Easy as pie!
  • Modern Shelf Brackets – The typical shelf brackets are thick in size. However, you can easily make a modern shelf bracket using a cylindrical bar instead of a wide wood panel. This will give you that unique look in a very creative manner. 
  • Metallic Shelf Bracket – If you have scrap pieces of metal in your home, you can actually use that to make your own bracket. With the help of a blacksmith, these scrap metals can be bent, drilled and forged to become a shelf bracket. This design can undoubtedly match your steel shelf or wooden panel for a vintage look.
  • Farmhouse Shelf Bracket – Well, this is by far one of the easiest to make. You can bring your metal stick to a blacksmith for folding and shaping it to fit till the front base of the shelf.
  • Heavy-Duty Shelf Brackets – In cases when you need to place something heavy on your shelf, you will definitely need a sturdy bracket. You can make the piece’s material thicker and secure it with glue, depending on the material you use before nailing it. We suggest that you make three brackets per one shelf for durability. 

Making Shelf Brackets

Making Shelf Brackets

Gather Materials

First thing’s first. Gather all the materials that you will need for this DIY project such as:

  1. Wood/ Metal
  2. Glue
  3. Screw/ Nail
  4. Hammer
  5. Ruler
  6. Saw

This is crucial to saving yourself from the hassle of having to stop just to look for a particular tool. Not only that, but it will also save you a good amount of time to finish the project faster.

Get The Dimensions

Dimensions will solely depend on the size of your shelves. However, standard shelves are usually 36″x 8″. With this measurement, 7.5″ tall and 7.5″ deep perfectly work fine. An important thing to note is always to make sure that your brackets are 1/2″ shorter than your shelves to ensure they won’t stick out. 

Cut The Pieces

Now that you have the correct dimensions, it’s time to cut the pieces of your shelf bracket. With the shelf size stated above, you need to cut three bars according to these sizes:

1 bar that’s 7″ tall

1 bar that’s 6″ tall (1 to 1.5 inches shorter)

1 bar that’s 5.5″ long, with a 45-degree angle cut along each side to form a trapezoid

Build The Bracket

Assembling the bracket is an easy process. However, it would help if you make sure to do it right, as this will determine the strength and quality of your bracket. You can use wood glue and finishing nails to connect the three pieces to form the shelf bracket.

Paint It To Finish

Lastly, finish your bracket off with paint that matches your shelves. You can either stain it or paint it with your desired color. Make sure to dry it well before attaching it to your wall. 


Making your DIY shelf bracket can be challenging but fun. As long as you have the right tools and the excitement to make one, it’s undoubtedly doable.

Not only will it save you money and make use of your scrap wood and metal pieces, but it will also give you the freedom to choose your design and color that will match your shelves.

Considering the tips and tricks stated above will lead you to a successful DIY shelf bracket project!

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