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High Rise Shelf

December 23, 2010 |
posted by Ana White
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A simple wall shelf that works great for storing CDs and DVDs, towels, or even books.

High Rise Shelf

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Dimensions

Dimensions: 
High Rise Shelf

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

1 – 6 foot long 1×8
1 – 6 foot long 1×4
1 1/4″ screws
2″ screws

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
level
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

1 – 1×4 @ 36 3/4″
2 – 1×4 @ 3 1/2″
4 – 1×4 @ 6 1/2″
5 – 1×8 @ 8 1/2″ (you can use a 1×6 or 1×12 and go a little longer)

Step 1

High Rise Shelf

Add Spacers

Layout spacers and mark. Then apply glue to the uglier side of the spacers and screw to the back board. I screwed from the back to hide all of my holes. Predrill holes. Yes, you can use a nailer here.

Step 2

High Rise Shelf

Shelves

Now add the shelves, center (or not) and screw in place.

Step 3

High Rise Shelf

Hanging

I screwed directly through the front of the shelf right into a stud in the wall. No stud? Just use a drywall anchoring system. The shelves are very sturdy, makes a nice, interesting display piece.

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No way.... I just put up the

No way.... I just put up the Ikea version of this last night. I knew I should have just waited for you!

posted by Laurie V (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-23 04:14

I'm sure it wouldn't be TO

I'm sure it wouldn't be TO hard to scale this up to match the CB2 Array bookcase.
http://www.cb2.com/family.aspx?c=118&f=702
Which I love.

posted by Loren (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-23 06:33

Great for narrow spaces! I

Great for narrow spaces! I know exactly where to put this.

posted by Tsu Dho Nimh (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-23 07:24

Hi Ana, as always looks

Hi Ana, as always looks awesome, l think l will make one of these, and then make 2 slightly shorter ones to hang on each side of the large middle shelf very cool.

Jim, Ontario, Canada

posted by Jim Reeves (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-23 08:12

Oh my gosh. I am creating a

Oh my gosh. I am creating a new sewing room and this would be perfect, I mean perfect, to hold all my quilting books. Oh I am so gonna make those and will send pics when they are done. Will be a while, the room is being built. heehee

posted by Danielle (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-23 08:31

Ohh, I like that idea. I

Ohh, I like that idea. I might have to steal that idea from you. :-)

posted by Danielle (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-23 08:32

Love, love, love the CB2 shot

Love, love, love the CB2 shot with the towels! This shelf has a million and 1 uses and I am going to have to make more than one! Thanks again Ana.

posted by Michelle (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-23 10:01

Ohhh perfect for displaying

Ohhh perfect for displaying all the Lego creations my kids are getting for X-mas. And they will still be able to reach them to take them down and play with them!

posted by squiremouse (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-23 10:08

Another idea for this would

Another idea for this would be to extend it to make a modern looking shelving unit that can be attach to the wall studs. Make two of the back braces and lengthen the shelves. Then notch the shelves where they go into the braces so they are flush with the wall. Just a spin on floating shelves using this amazing design. :)

posted by Lisa (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-23 11:07

Cute! I can see this being on

Cute! I can see this being on a narrow bathroom wall with bathroom accessories on it.

posted by Christy (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-23 16:48

Ana you read my mind. This

Ana you read my mind. This is exactly what I wanted to build for my bathroom to hold rolled up towels. Make it spa like. Thank you!

posted by Tina Garza (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-23 17:15

Ana, I have been missing the

Ana, I have been missing the bragging board, too! This is perfect. It's so helpful to be able to look at other people's projects, ask questions, and see how they tweaked their specific project (cuz we all do, right?!). You rock.

Also, I hope you have a totally amazing holiday! We appreciate what you do on this site SO much. You made my Christmas one of the best ones of my life because I made myself a Farmhouse Bed for Christmas. May you reap all the goodness you have sown in to so many other people's lives. Thank you!

posted by Allison (not verified) | on Thu, 2010-12-23 23:45

Just finished this one from

Just finished this one from scraps! Can't wait to paint & post in the bragging board.

posted by Sunny (not verified) | on Sun, 2010-12-26 16:47

Superb Ana! I like the idea

Superb Ana! I like the idea from Lisa of extending the shelving... I might have to give this one a go as my son's room is partly decorated.

posted by Atticus Finch (not verified) | on Sun, 2011-01-02 11:06

Great idea!! Do you think

Great idea!! Do you think that these shelves would hold a DVD player and a gaming system?

posted by Melissa (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-01-18 07:13

Hi Ana - I've seen a few

Hi Ana - I've seen a few people now making these and posting them on their blogs, they look fantastic! I linked this up to my "bookshelves" project post too, come on over and check it out!

posted by Inspire Me Heather (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-02-01 06:04

So I just made one for my

So I just made one for my bathroom...and then I realized it would be great in one corner of the dining room where my son's books are...which then made me realize it would be PERFECT in this little 20" span of wall in my son's room, lol. Oh, where to put it now?!

posted by PMSandaGun (not verified) | on Sat, 2011-02-12 16:57
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Too funny!

I made a shelf almost exactly like this back in Fall 2010 to hold towels in my bathroom. I based it off an inspiration pic I'd had in my files for a while that had a full wall height version. Mine's just 4 shelves and painted espresso, but this thread has a pic of it in use.

And here is the inspiration pic:
Such a great little shelf & really easy to toss together. It looks fantastic in a bathroom & really made use of the space.

posted by Elankat | on Fri, 2011-04-08 11:46

I made one, thanks for the plans

This is exactly what I needed for my very small main bathroom.  

I modified the plans to make it longer (more space between the same number of shelves and the shelves) and a little wider at 12".
I was able to use MDF cutoffs that I had in the garage, so it was free!
Thanks so much Ana.

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-04-13 17:55
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Hide my Flat Panel TV wires

I am going to build this shelve to go under my wall mounted TV. I am going to add 1x2 on each edge down the back to create a channel to hide my wires. Thanks for the great plan!

T Edson

posted by tedson22 | on Sun, 2012-01-29 22:21

Modified for Glass Shelves?

I have two dozen glass shelves I got from a department store -- the thick, heavy duty glass used for their display shelves. Does anyone think this plan might be workable for supporting them if I upped the thickness of the 1x4 to 2x4? I was thinking that I could screw them to the wall studs and have two of these shelf supports to support each end of the glass. I'd like to have a wall-mounted entertainment center, but individual brackets are too expensive. I don't have anything heavy to put on it, so I know the glass will hold... it's the brackets I'm most concerned with. Any advice would be great!

posted by Evil Empryss | on Thu, 2013-07-18 14:19

Decorate Glass shelves

If you are an artist, you can custom design your glass shelves Manchester before installing them, because your home decoration should speak about your personality.

posted by Tomstar | on Tue, 2013-07-30 00:14

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