Do you have a collection of books, magazines or photos that you’d like to display? Suitable for an office, children’s room or your living space, this simple DIY shelf might be just the solution you’re looking for.
Over the years, Under the Roof Decorating and our products have been featured in many magazines. We’re very proud of this recognition and instead of letting them pile up in a box, we wanted to display the magazines so that we could see them whenever we walked past.
We could have bought several ready-made shelves and attached each one to the wall, but we wanted a solution that didn’t damage the walls unnecessarily, was flexible and customized specifically for our space. Here’s what we came up with:
Time: a weekend project
Dimensions: 8’ tall by 4’ wide (6 shelves that hold 30 regular size magazines)
This is what you’ll need:
- 6 pieces of primed fiberboard molding, each measuring 4’ long (with a groove to hold your magazines, books or frames)
- 4’X8’ piece of pine plywood, 5/8” thick
- primer and semi gloss white paint
- a box of 1 1/2” screws
- 9 drywall plugs
- measuring tape
- mitre saw
- 2-3 people
Mike, our Design Director, held the molding in place so that I could determine the perfect spacing between each shelf. I tested the spacing with a magazine and a picture frame (that will eventually be displayed) and determined that 15” between shelves was perfect.
Now we just needed to paint! We decided to paint our magazine display all white to create a neutral background for our colorful magazines. We started by sanding the edges of the plywood, then painted it in one coat of primer and two coats of paint. To safely attach our custom magazine rack to the wall (we wouldn’t want it to fall off and squash an unsuspecting visitor to our office) we used nine screws and their corresponding drywall plugs.
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