This is the introduction and overview for a floating shelf project.
With no visible means of support, these shelves appear to float on a wall. The secret is in their construction: They are built around a cleat that attaches them to the wall. Their simple construction means you can easily make several to create an entire display wall for a collection.
Sizing for studs
The instructions here show how to build a 24-inch shelf that spans two wall studs spaced 16 inches apart on center, but you'll have no trouble increasing the length to 36 or even 48 inches. Basic construction remains the same.
Visit a home center and survey the variety of moldings available for trim options, from contemporary to traditional. Almost any style will fit on the framework. Finish options are just as wide and varied, from natural to painted.
An afternoon or evening to construct, plus an hour or two for finishing
Tape measure, try square, electric drill/driver, 1/8" drill bit, countersink bit, hammer, nail set, power miter saw (or miter box and backsaw), clamps, level, stud finder, circular saw
Sawing (making miter cuts), gluing, clamping
Find studs at shelf location.