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DIY Floating Timber Shelf

A floating shelf in almost any room can add style or functionality. In a laundry, it can be both.

Beginner level.

RYOBI TEAM Tue, 05/07/2024 - 10:47


  • Pre-made floating shelf

How to do it

Step 1: Decide on the height of your floating shelf. 

RYOBI Stud Finder

Step 2: Use your stud finder to find the timber framing (studs) behind the plaster board to attach your brackets to. This is essential to ensure it stays in place. 

TIP: Use a stud finder to check for electrical cables or water pipes behind the plaster wall. If either are detected, DO NOT drill there. Find another more suitable location.

Step 3: Once you’ve determined your height and where the studs are, set up your laser at the correct height, hold your brackets up in line with the laser for a level shelf and draw a line around them. 


Step 4: Using your multitool, cut out the plasterboard where you have marked – this step is if you want your brackets to be hidden - otherwise just skip to step 5. 


Step 5: Using your laser again, line up the brackets and mark screw holes with a pencil, pre-drill the holes you just marked using your drill and a 3mm drill bit.

Using a RYOBI Drill Driver to secure brackets to shelf

Step 6: Screw your brackets in place using your impact driver and place your shelf on them. Screw from under the brackets into the shelf to hold it securely. Continue to steps 7 & 8 if you made cut-outs for the brackets.

Step 7: Plaster over the cutouts you made for the brackets with plaster repair (a product like Selleys Spakfilla works well).


Step 8: After the plaster has dried, sand smooth. 

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