Marty’s hacks Chic shelves

For a mod­ern take on a bed­side ta­ble that’s also a great space-sav­ing op­tion, prac­tise your DIY skills on one of our float­ing wall shelves, each of which can be knocked out in just a few hours

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Cre­ated by Cather­ine Wilkin­son and Martin Laid­law.

LIGHT IT UP! FEED THROUGH A CORD SET AND AT­TACH A LIGHT OR TRY WALL LIGHT FIT­TINGS

TOP TIPS

> There are many ways to in­stall a float­ing shelf, depend­ing on what you plan to use it for and the weight of the ob­jects you will be plac­ing on it. Ex­plore your op­tions for ma­te­ri­als at your lo­cal hard­ware store. Here we have used metal brack­ets and wall hooks as they are more dis­creet. Make sure you al­ways fix your shelf to a wall stud.

> Try paint­ing your shelf in var­i­ous colours and don’t be afraid to be bold. A burst of colour would look great in a kids’ bed­room. Mar­garet How­ell An­gle­poise lamp in yel­low ochre, cork coaster and mug, all from Ev­ery­day Needs. Mark An­to­nia can­dle from The Botanist. Bar­bara teapot from Cop­per + Pink. Wall painted in Re­sene ‘Eskimo’. Other items stylist’s own.

FLOAT­ING BOX SHELF

STEP 1

Use a hand saw to cut a 350x1200mm strip off your ply sheet.

STEP 2

From this strip, cut off 2 squares 350x350mm – these are the top and bot­tom. Now cut 2 pieces 150x350mm for the sides.

STEP 3

Glue and screw the sides onto the top and bot­tom pieces with 32mm screws to cre­ate a box. Sand off edges.

STAND SHELF

STEP 1

Take an 18x1200x1200mm sheet of ply­wood. Cut off a 350mm-wide strip with a hand saw. You should now have a piece of ply mea­sur­ing 1200x350mm.

STEP 2

Cut strip in 2: a 900mm piece for the back and a 300mm piece for the shelf.

STEP 3

At­tach the 2 pieces at a right an­gle with wood glue and 32mm screws, keep­ing the screws in line. Sand off all edges.

STEP 4

If you are fit­ting a light to this shelf, buy the light fit­ting first then cut a hole to suit the size of the light with a hole saw.

HALF-ROUND SHELF

STEP 1

Find the cen­tre of a sheet of 18x1200x1200mm ply and lightly ham­mer a short nail part way into the mark.

STEP 2

At­tach a piece of string to the nail then wrap it around a pen­cil, en­sur­ing the string length is 300mm when at­tached to both.

STEP 3

Stretch­ing string tight, draw a cir­cle (600mm di­am­e­ter) around the nail.

STEP 4

Re­move nail and string and cut the cir­cle out with a jig saw.

STEP 5

Draw a line down the mid­dle of the cir­cle and cut along line with a hand saw.

STEP 6

Lay one half-cir­cle flat and stand the other on top of it to form a shelf. Glue and screw the 2 pieces to­gether with 32mm screws. Sand off edges.

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