This DIY built in wall shelving is a great way to save space and create organization in your home. It’s a useful way to use a half wall if you have one. If you don’t have a half wall this could go in any wall that you want to add shelving. We installed this in our den (aka Bruce’s man cave / bar). In our first home we did a similar built In wall shelving unit on a support pole in the basement. This DIY was completed about a year and a half ago. Since that time we have painted the room to a medium-shade grey. Hence, the different colour walls in these pictures.
Steps To Creating Built In Wall Shelving
We cut the gyprock where we wanted to place the built In wall shelving using a Dewalt Oscillating Multi-Tool. It is important to be careful not to cut the studs if you are utilizing them to support your shelving like we did. Utilizing the studs will only work if your studs are of equal distance. Of course, cutting gyprock makes a massive dusty mess so as Bruce cut the gyprock I followed him with a shop vac. I will warn you though, dust still managed to get everywhere and the surrounding mouldings and furniture had to be cleaned after this project was complete.
To create the built in wall shelving, we measured plywood to fit in between the studs. First, the wood was cut with a ten inch table saw (this one is similar to ours). We decided each of the five identical boxes would have three shelves and about a half inch overhang to sit outside the wall. The wood was nailed together using a nail gun. Of course, if you don’t have a nail gun you can always nail the shelves together by hand. Finally, surrounding the shelving we placed a one inch piece of pine wood. This served as a frame around and in between each of the boxes.
Paint & You’re Done!
Once the built in wall shelving was installed we painted it white and it was complete! This wasn’t a very difficult DIY and made a huge impact in the room. We finally had a place to store all of Bruce’s games and our movies. These shelves created organization without taking up any additional room. This DIY would be great for small spaces where every inch of floor space counts.
What’s the latest DIY you have completed?