Easy DIY Ladder Shelves (Made Without a Table Saw)

I just submitted my finished family room post to Home Depot’s blog yesterday and I CANNOT WAIT to share with you the reveal of my entire room! Although it only took a month to complete b/c of the holidays and being very busy with work, I finally finished it! I have been wanting to finish this room since the day I moved in and I was finally able to accomplish that! The first room of my room-by-room series is complete, wow, it feels so good to say that!

 

The big Do It Yourself project that I completed for the room were ladder shelves and they were EASY!! I’m talking no table saw, no sanding, whip it together in one day (minus painting), easy. And they dramatically elevated the aesthetic of my room! I call that minimal effort for maximal gain. Boom.

 

So, let’s get to it! Here’s the How-To Instructions for these DIY Ladder shelves, let me know if you have questions!!!

First decide how wide you want your shelf to be. Use this in place of “designated width” below.

Supplies:

  • Two 1×3 at 98″ long (these are the two vertical pieces)
  • One 1×4 at your designated width (this is the actual shelf)
  • One 1×6 at your designated width (this is the actual shelf)
  • One 1×8 at your designated width (this is the actual shelf)
  • One 1×10 at your designated width (this is the actual shelf)
  • One 1×12 at your designated width (this is the actual shelf)
  • Five 1×3’s at your designated width (these are the backs of each shelf)
  • Two 1×3 at 12″ long (these are the sides of your deepest shelf)
  • Two 1×3 at 10″ long (these are the sides of your next shelf)
  • Two 1×3 at 8″ long (these are the sides of your next shelf)
  • Two 1×3 at 6.25″ long (these are the sides of your next shelf)
  • Two 1×3 at 4.25″ long (these are the sides of your most narrow shelf)
  • 10 #12 1 1/4″ long wood screws to attach the shelves to the vertical wood pieces
  • 4 to 10 drywall screws to attach the shelves to studs on your wall
  • Drill bits to pre-drill your wood ( I THINK I used 7/32″ and 9/64″, but do some testers, first
  • Stapler with about 1 1/2″ brad nails
  • Wood glue
  • Alexis paintable caulk

 

Okay, let’s get started!!

 

Step 1: Cut your wood

 

Step 2: Wood glue and staple each shelf together with the back, first, then the side pieces

 

Step 3: Caulk your inside joints

 

Step 4: Paint your shelves & vertical pieces

 

Step 5: Place & clamp into place the bottom of each shelf to these measurements: start the largest shelf 8″ from the bottom of the vertical piece, and the next 4 shelves every 18″ from the bottom of the previous shelf.

*Note: your wood lengths and widths might vary a little, so you can be flexible in the distance of each shelf from the previous one, as long as they are spaced so it will be level once it’s upright.

Step 6: Pre-drill and screw each shelf into the vertical piece, make sure it’s centered in each wood piece.

 

 

 

Step 7: Drill at least the top and bottom shelf into the studs of your walls, and do every shelf if you plan on putting anything slightly heavy on your shelves.

 

That’s it!!! Isn’t that easy??? I loved this project and how it transformed my room. And you can see the reveal of this room on Friday, come back to see how it turned out!