- 2 "L" Brackets
- Wall Anchors
- Screw Driver
- Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue
- It's best to use a book that will be larger than those you will be stacking on top. You could use an outdated Encyclopedia or perhaps a water-damaged art book you just can't bear to through away.
- You will need two "L" bracket into the back of the book. They can be purchased at any home improvement store for around $5.00. Flip the book upside down. Make sure you strike a balance in placing the brackets depending on the size of your book. Place each bracket an inch to 2 inches fro the outside edges of the book.
- Choose screws that are appropriately sized to your book. Secure the "L" brackets to the book with a drill. You can use washers if you prefer, but it's not necessary.
- Secure the back of the book to the brackets with hot glue or double stick tape so that the book cover doesn't flop down.
- Use wall anchors to secure the base book into the wall. You can buy them in packets, or kits, of multiple anchors for around $10.
- To find the right placing for your shelf, hold your bracketed book up to the wall. With a level, make sure your brackets are even and trace drill holes on the wall with a pencil.
- If you can, find wall anchors that have self-driving screws. These are easier than regular screws because you don't need a starter hole to get the screw to go in smoothly. Just drill the self-driving screw in one fluid motion.
- Next, hold the "L" bracket up to the self-starting screws and secure with the screw provided.
- Start stacking your books on your floating bookshelf! You should put no more than 5 or 6 books depending on their sizes and weights.
Mark's DIY Floating Shelves
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