Easy Shelf Projects That Look Great

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Shelves offer unsurpassed versatility. They can be simple or ornate. They can be quickly constructed of rough, unfinished materials or carefully built from fine hardwoods with a rich, lustrous finish. They can store or display, organize or catch clutter.

Projects in Shelves

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This section of our website presents seven shelf designs, from a simple wall-mounted display shelf to a furniture-quality shelf stand in the popular Mission style. You'll find instructions for building expandable utility shelving for your basement or garage, dramatic display shelves that seem to float on the wall, stylish modular boxes that stack, and a bench with shelves. Each project is easy to build, with complete plans, a materials list, and step-by-step instructions.

All the shelf designs are built with materials that are available at home centers or lumberyards. Most use nominal-size boardthat only need to be cut to length before assembly.

The instructions for each project specify the type of material to use, but remember that you can build them with materials of your choice. And there are plenty of trim options. For example, if colonial base molding is specified, but there's another molding profile that matches your decor or one that you simply like better, use that. Substituting another style won't alter the project's basic construction. And after all, customizing a project to your taste and decorative style is what's satisfying and fun about building something yourself. So when you're looking at a project, consider how you want it to appear in your home.

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