High Rise Shelf

Submitted by Ana White on Wed, 12/22/2010 - 22:13
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A simple wall shelf that works great for storing CDs and DVDs, towels, or even books.



Shopping List

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

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)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Drill Bit Set


Step 1

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


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

Step 3


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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Laurie V (not verified)

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 01:14

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

Jim Reeves (not verified)

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 05:12

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

Danielle (not verified)

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 05:31

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

Michelle (not verified)

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 07:01

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.

squiremouse (not verified)

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 07:08

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!

Lisa (not verified)

Thu, 12/23/2010 - 08:07

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. :)