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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Looks sharp, and very functional too! 🙂
It is very functional! I am considering adding hooks to the 2×4. I have two adorable dragonfly hooks. I think three would look better. On the look out for one more. Thanks for stopping by ! Have an awesome weekend!
That sounds great! I absolutely love dragonflies! We have dragonfly coat hooks on the backs of the bedroom doors. They make me smile every time I see them. Hope you have a good weekend too! 🙂
I found some dragonfly hooks! I took them from another spot that you don’t get to enjoy the fun of seeing them. In the hall, I will get to see them all the time!
Good plan! We need to find small joys everyday! 🙂
I bet your dragonfly hooks are adorable! Such interesting creatures!
Seeing this post reminds me of my old boarding room. The owner made one over my bed headboard not long after I told her that I loved reading before I sleep. She said I could use it to put my books, glasses, Tupperware tumblers, etc. She was very kind, wasn’t she? 😀
That was very thoughtful! 🙂 I like people like that.
I am forever loosing my keys, I have to wear mine around my head on a lanyard. 😉 Love this idea! Thanks for posting this.
I remember those days! I now have a set place for keys. It’s fun to find areas in the home to improve on to make my life easier. The easier I can make my life, the more creative I can be. Enjoy your day dear! Hugs!
Well done! Thanks for sharing this great post. Cheers, Gina
Thank you for taking time out of your day to comment. It’s appreciated 😀 Have an awesome week!
Been wanting to get a shelf for this exact purpose for the longest time! Thanks for the re-inspiration:) Looks great with the mirror.
These shelves come in handy! I just put some dragonfly hooks on them today! Now I can hang my purse on it or my dogs leash! Glad you stopped by! 😀
Now this is something that we could really use at home, hehe, our keys are always lost below the coats on the hanger…
Yes and I love having a spot for sunglasses! Super handy.
Keys, cell phone, mail, glasses, yes definitely a pretty candle. Of course around here, the first thing to land on my shelf would be Moe the Cat. Great idea.
Now that is one place my kitties don’t seem to get on! 😉
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I am honored! Thank you from the bottom to the top of my heart!!!
Yup you are extremely talented.
Coming from an incredible stylist/fashionista like yourself and a well schooled brainiac at that… I am humbled. 😊 I have upped my fashion game since knowing you! So thank you!!! 😀
Hahaha and perfect for sunglasses. I haven’t misplaced a pair yet! I’ve got to stay organized. Helps me to be more efficient. Love having you stop by. Take care! 🙂
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Love this idea in our foyer we have a mail table and installed hooks for keys haven’t lost or misplaced a thing since 😂
It’s so nice to have a spot for everything. Makes life run much smoother! I have a few rambunctious pets and I was afraid if I put a table there, it would get knocked over (because it would have to be a skinny table as the space is small). Otherwise I’d love to have a table. I had to improvise. So smart of you to install hooks. Keys have a way of getting lost! Well done! 🙂