DIY Floating Shelves: How to Build Your Own
Like I mentioned, this floating shelf design was built by Tommie for the kitchen in his home. The idea was to create a space for holding bottles and room decorations to fit next to the kitchen cabinetry.
The end result looks fantastic and offers a minimal, modern element to Tommie's kitchen.
Tommie came to the idea after browsing the internet and finding a similar idea on our blog.
He was drawn to the idea after realizing the flexibility of using Kee Klamp and the ability to adjust the position of the shelves even after assembly (Tommie can loosen the fittings that hold the shelves in place, reposition the shelves, and tighten them back down to secure the shelves in place).
Fittings & Pipe Needed to Assemble the Shelves
In Tommie's design, he used Kee Klamp Flange fittings with the middle "bore out" in order to allow pipe to slide through the center. This is a custom service we can provide if requested (the Kee Klamp Flange does not normally allow pipe to slide through but instead "butts" up against an interior wall).
However, you may use the Kee Lite L61 Flange fittings instead. These fittings already come with the middle "bore out" so that pipe can slide through. This is a more cost effective and simpler solution. Therefore, this tutorial will utilize the Kee Lite version of the Flange fitting.
Below are the fittings and pipe you will need to build the shelves. For the shelves you can use any platform you like. Tommie used wood boards and custom made "box" shelves.
- 16x L61 Kee Lite Flange fittings
- Pipe for the vertical supports. This can of course be any height you want. If you're mounting the shelving unit to the floor and ceiling, like in Tommie's design, then you will want to make note of that measurement and order that length.
If you need any assistance, please reach out to our projects team for help and free design assistance.
How to Assemble the Floating Shelves
Follow the diagram below, and the proceeding steps, to assemble the shelves. As with any Kee Klamp or Kee Lite project, exact order can depend on how you would like to approach the assembly process. However, the order of steps listed below, are recommended.
- To assemble the floating shelving unit, first start by taking the two vertical uprights and sliding two Flange fittings onto the base of each (one facing the floor and the other facing the ceiling). Then, tighten down the set screw to each fitting to secure it in place. You will likely need to assemble the unit on the floor and then have someone help you position it into place once complete.
- So far, the unit should look like the diagram in Step 2.
- Then, you can slide the first shelf onto the uprights. Each shelf will need to have two holes cut out to allow the pipe to slide through. Slide the shelf onto each upright until it rests on the Flange fitting. Then, you can secure the shelf to the Flange fittings (there are four holes in each Flange fitting for mounting).
- Now, the shelf should like the diagram in Step 4.
- Again, Step 5 shows a closer look at the underside of the shelf. This is where you can mount the shelf to the Flange fittings.
- Repeat this process until you have attached all of the "normal" shelves. In this case, we have three of these "normal" shelves. The unit should look like the diagram in Step 6.
- Now, following Tommie's design, the "box" shelves will need to be attached in sections. First, you will slide the Flange fittings on for the bottom of the shelf and tighten them down. Then, you'll slide the bottom of the shelf onto the frame. From there, you'll slide on and attach another set of Flange fittings. And finally, you can slide the top of the "box" shelf into place. Follow the diagram in Step 7 for a closer look.
- You will repeat the same process for the "box" shelf at the right of the frame.
- Finally, you can attach the final Flange fittings. These will face the ceiling. Slide them over the pipe and secure them in place by tightening down the set screw to each fitting.
- That's it! You're finally done. You should have a complete floating shelving unit as pictured in Step 10. If you assembled the frame on the ground first, have someone help you position it slowly into place and then mount the frame to the ceiling and ground.
If you have any trouble assembling the shelves, please don't hesitate to reach out to our projects team for help ([email protected]). We will gladly assist you in your project, whether it's coming up with the design or if you get stuck putting it all together.
Finally, we do offer a few shelving kits for a simpler approach, try browsing our selection to see if there is a fit for you.
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