In my front door entry way there is a long hall that leads into the kitchen. There is a 1/2 bathroom on the left side of this hall and on the right there is a small closet and stairway leading up to the bedrooms, game room, bathrooms, etc.
The space is to narrow for a cabinet, and even if I were to make one, there is an air conditioning and heating vent that cannot be blocked. I thought about making a thin table, but I was concerned if I made one too narrow, it could easily be knocked over. (kitties, doggies, and wild adults live here!)
This is what I came up with.
This project was super simple. A 2×4 and a 1×6 (which we all know that lumber is never true to the size. The sign clearly says 1×6…but actually it’s 1×5 1/2.) If it’s a 1×6 then it should measure exactly 1×6. Oh well…Let’s move on. I cut both boards equally the length I needed for the space. I wanted it sturdy which is why I used the 2×4 as the “base”. I countersunk the screws in both top board and bottom board. Basically I screwed the 2×4 to the wall (They are into studs in the wall. If not, your shelf will wobble and may fall down eventually.) I then screwed the 1×6 into the 2×4. See… simple! The project took about 20 minutes, counting cutting the boards. I then stained it the same color I stained the hardwood floors upstairs that I laid last year. (I will show you pictures of that project another time.)
If you have a challenging space that just needs a shelf, give this one a try. You can also use a wider top board such as a 1×8.
Remember to find studs in your wall to drill into. They do make these (see picture below) cool wall anchors, but I wouldn’t use them for an entire length of shelf.
It could work if you found two studs to anchor shelf into and if you need one more hold, then these wall anchors can do the job. I try to always have at least two screws into wall studs; depends on how long the space is and how much weight you will put on it. *Never use these wall anchors in the ceiling! One thing to have a shelf fall, but not something from above! Find studs! Have I made my point 😉 ?
Also remember my previous post…an organized home is a happy one. Shelves can really help you in that department. This would be great in a closet or awkward space too!
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