DIY Plans to Build a Square Ledge Shelf

A Super-Simple to Build Ledge Shelf

You know what? I have to confess… I absolutely adore shelving! I find so much joy in both creating and utilizing shelves. They are honestly one of the simplest things to build, and the DIY plans for constructing a Square Ledge Shelf are no exception! These shelves have a neat box frame, a nice flat top, and can be easily hung on the wall using a cleat. Believe me, it couldn’t get any faster or simpler than this! And the best part is, you can easily customize the plans to make a longer or shorter shelf that suits your needs perfectly!

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  • 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • 1-1/2″ screws
  • 2-1/2″ screws
  • Wood glue (<– affiliate link!)
  • Sandpaper (100, 150, 220 grits)
  • Finishing supplies (primer & paint, or stain, sealer)


  • 1 – 1×2 at 2′
  • 1 – 1×4 at 4′
  • 1 – 1×6 at 2′

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×4 at 4-1/4″ – Box Frame Sides
  • 1 – 1×4 at 23″ – Box Frame Front
  • 1 – 1×6 at 24″ – Top
  • 1 – 1×2 at 21-1/4″ – Cleat

DIY Plans to Build a Square Ledge Shelf

Step One

Cut the pieces for the box frame sides and the box frame front. Secure the sides to the front using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

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Step Two

Cut the piece for the top. The top will overhang by 1/2″ at the sides and front, and will be flush with the back edge of the sides. Secure in place using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

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Finish as desired.

Step Three

Cut the piece for the cleat to length. Secure the cleat to the wall studs, where the shelf will be hung, using 2-1/2″ screws. Position the shelf on top of the cleat and secure in place with 1-1/2″ screws through the top into the top edge of the cleat.

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The DIY plans to build a Square Ledge Shelf are perfect for those new to woodworking as it uses straight off-the-shelf lumber to create. The shelf is an excellent piece for any room and will certainly fit in with any decor whether painted, stained, stenciled or distressed! Have any questions about the shelving plans? Leave a comment below!

Originally posted 2015-02-26 08:00:15.