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How to Install Floating Shelves Using a DIY Kit

This post is sponsored by National Hardware. All opinions are 100% my own.

Floating shelves are a great way to add style and storage to a space. This post explains how to get floating shelves installed in no time with a DIY Kit from National Hardware.

Installing floating shelves using a DIY Kit

Floating shelves are a great way to transform a wall from boring to beautiful. They are also a great way to utilize vertical wall space for storage and decor. Some places that are great for floating shelves include bathrooms, little wall nooks, kitchens, bedrooms, and living spaces.

Floating shelves are hung with a concealed bracket and are a great option for storage or displaying decor. Some floating shelves are hallowed with the bracket concealed completely inside the shelf. Other floating shelves have low-profile brackets that are hidden by the decor like art, plants, or decorative objects – shown above.

Made By Me National Hardware Floating Shelf Hardware Kit

I installed these floating shelves in less than an hour using this Made By Me Kit from National Hardware.

Floating Shelves brackets from National Hardware

The Made by Me kit comes with all of the hardware you need to install your floating shelves, easy-to-follow instructions, and they have tips and inspiration available on their website as well. Each kit comes with enough brackets (2) and hardware for one shelf. I used two kits to install two floating shelves.

How to elevate a boring nook with floating shelves

Floating shelves are a very fast and easy way to update a space and add some style without a lot of effort or money. We had a really boring little nook near our laundry room and after our laundry room makeover, it was a little sad that this space was so uninviting and bland. I knew it would be a great contender for some floating shelves. I considered doing floating shelves the height of the wall but this is a high traffic spot and I didn’t want anyone bumping their knees on shelves so I ended up doing two floating shelves hung a bit above eye level with a bench below.

Installing floating shelf brackets with a drill

Installing Floating Shelves

Install these floating shelves was a breeze because all the supplies we needed came in the kit all I needed was a drill. Matt helped me out with the laser level (not required). The trick to how high to hang your floating shelves is about eye level. These are probably a little high but since we regularly come in and out of the door directly to the left of these shelves I wanted them a bit higher so nobody grazed a body part on the way in the door. To hang them at eye level the space between your two shelves would be at eye level with the lower shelf being slightly below.

Installing floating shelf brackets

It took about 20 minutes to install all four brackets – once they were in it was just a matter of popping the shelves above. The brackets are 10 inches so if you’d like you can have a 1×10 cut to the size you’d like for shelves or you can build out a chunkier shelf as we did.

How to install floating shelves

To build some faux chunky shelves for the DIY floating shelves, we used a few pieces of wood (1×2 to trim out a 1×8 board) cut to the size we needed. We mitered the edges of the 1×2 and attached it with wood glue and brad nailers.

I love the L-shaped brackets in black for a bit of contrast to the stained wood. To make them truly “floating,” I cover the brackets with decor like photo frames, plants, etc.

Floating Shelves using a DIY Kit from National Hardware
How to Install Floating Shelves

I love the look of our new DIY wall shelves and I’m so pleased with how easy they were to install with the National Hardware Made By Me Hardware Kit.

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