Custom built is the way to go when you have an odd corner. I tried using a metal shelf and various other “shelves”, yet none really worked. So leaving me with no choice…I had to break out the tools! Keep in mind, if I can you can! Here we go…
This is what I had in my arsenal: Needle nose plier, counter sink drill bit, drill, level, pencil, hammer, nail punch, tape measure, stud finder. (Not shown; 1/16th drill bit, 1 1/2″ screws, 1 1/2″ finishing nails.)
Compressor. Lugging this guy up two flights of stairs wasn’t easy. 47 pounds of awkwardness!
Nail gun; This needs to be hooked up to the air compressor (pic above) to work. I wasn’t sure if I needed this to help me hold the wood as it was just me building this. I ended up not needing it.
Here’s the corner of my frustration! Teehee. Glass-eyed tree frog (on the left) painted by me for my son when he was 3. That was forever ago! Like two decades! 😉
I measured the space and cut the wood. Cleats are 1×1’s, front facing pieces are 1×2’s and the shelf itself are 3/4″ plywood. I bought furniture grade as I wanted pretty wood and very straight pieces to work with. Using a chop saw I cut the cleats and facing pieces. For the plywood I used a skill saw. You can ask a person at your local wood store to cut them for you. Some places charge per cut, but some do it out of the goodness of their hearts!
Using the stud finder, look for a stud. As you can see, my stud finder lies! No worries though, it will be covered by the cleat.
Eureka, I found two studs!
I attached the back cleat first. Double/triple checking the level. Then I attached the side cleats.
First shelf done. Checking the level.
As I finished each “cleat” section I added the shelf board so I could accurately measure the space I wanted in between each shelf.
The ladder needed to come into play for the top two shelves. Being short has its downfalls, but it’s a good thing I can climb like a monkey!
The finishing front pieces. (Check out the Garmin Vivosmart HR i’m wearing. Yes, there will be a review on this.)
I didn’t want to risk splitting the wood, so I predrilled tiny holes using 1/16th drill bit.
Carefully I nailed finishing nails across. Four nails along each piece. Using the nail punch, tap each nail in about a millimeter. Fill with wood putty to disguise the hole! Tip: You can make a wood filler using wood glue and fine sawdust!
All done. You can stain and seal using poly urethane. I like the natural look so I won’t be staining this.
Recap in video below…
All done! Insert happy dance here *
This would be great for folded sweaters, jeans, extra blankets, pillows, books, etc.
I just added a quilt to finish off the seating area.
Now this awkward space is a pretty space. I may sneak into my sons room to read in this “now” adorable nook! The view from that window is incredible!
Make spaces work for you. If you can’t find just the right piece to make it work…don’t be afraid to build it! If I can, you can. I’m not a pro by any means, but I like to make things, so I try.
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