Real timber floating shelves are still very popular in today’s homes, and we can definitely see why. They are sturdy, they last well and, most importantly, they look fantastic.

Although it is possible to pick up ready-made floating shelf kits, we always recommend doing it from scratch if you have the time. That way you can choose the exact size, colour, finish, and type of wood you would like. Homemade floating shelves also often look more authentic and, when you purchase your wood from Bedford Timber, you know it is the best quality available.

If you are planning of hanging your own wooden floating shelf, it is important to do it properly, so it doesn’t damage your wall or, worst of all, fall down at a later date. So, we put together some top tips to help if it is your first time hanging a floating shelf.

Our top tips for putting up your own floating timber shelf

  1. Plan your position. Make sure you know exactly where you want the shelf before you start.

  2. Check your wall before starting the project. Make sure there are no hazards in or behind the wall, such as pipes or wires, before you start drilling.

  3. Leave an average of 30mm from each end of the shelf when marking drilling holes on your wall. This will lead to a much sturdier hold.

  4. When drilling the holes, work your way up to the drill piece you need, so not to damage the wall. So, begin by drilling a hole with your smallest masonry bit, and then use the next size up, and so on, until you reach the size you need.

  5. Do not drill at an angle! You have no idea how many projects go wrong due to wonky holes.

  6. Use a spirit level to make sure the shelf is level before you fix it in place.

  7. Remember to treat your wood before anchoring it onto the expansion bolts. Its much harder to treat it when it’s up there, and treated wood lasts much longer.

If you would like to know which timber is best for a floating shelf, and what we have available, please give us a call or pop into our Bedford or St Neots depots and one of our knowledgeable team will be happy to help.

All our details are available on the Contact Page of our website.

NB these are just tips and Bedford Timber takes no liability for customer’s DIY projects.