open shelving unit | diy


Oh how I love an open shelving unit. I decided to surprise Nathan awhile back and install this unit while he was away. It was pretty easy to do, just be sure to measure and plan ahead. I did multiple sketches and calculations before heading to the store. Here's what you'll need:

Wall tracks & brackets
These are incredibly easy to find. Check any Home depot or local hardware store, you can usually find them around the closet aisle. I love their industrial feel and they are very budget friendly.

Cut pieces of wood
I decided to go with poplar, but you could easily use pine. Pine is strong and cheap (I'm just not a big fan of all the knots).

Stain
One light coat of a walnut stain & seal was all  it took to give the poplar a nice warm feel.

Wall anchors and muscle
I used wall anchors to ensure the shelves could handle a heavy load (I have a feeling my apartment complex is not going to be a fan of this).

When it came to installation, I enlisted the help of my brother in law. I couldn't have done it without him. It has definitely made it feel a lot more like home.

Best of luck!
Becka











8 comments :

  1. These are so great! Weird to say, but I always get nervous hanging heavy things on the wall, that I almost always put a wall anchor in! Eases my mind a little bit. I have a blank wall in the my apartment now, and these might be the perfect solution!

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    1. Haha I think I share your fear of falling shelving! Send a pic if you try these out, I'd love to see.

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  2. I really LOVE this. I've been dying to put some shelves up for almost one year. but my boyfriend keeps saying it will fall off it I don't attach them on the wood, instead of the sheetrock only. So... no shelves yet. =/ Afraid it will all come down soon after I put it up.

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    1. Thanks Kelly! Ours haven't come crashing down yet.... but I'll keep you posted :) Your boyfriend probably has a good point haha

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  3. This is such a great idea and so practical! I would love to do something like this in our office. Thanks for sharing—looks amazing!

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    1. Thanks Brooke! This would be perfect for an office space. I think that's where this unit will be going if we move into a bigger place.

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  4. I love these units! So minimalist and really well-decorated. I love your hair, too.

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    1. Hi Kate! Thanks for the kind words. I was a bit nervous about the decorating/styling, so that means a lot :)

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