Monday, January 11

DIY Wood Triangle Shelf

Wood triangle shelves have been popping up everywhere the past year and they've had a spot on my DIY To Do List for a while. When I finally got my hands on a miter saw, I knew this was the first project I wanted to create - looked pretty simple and seemed like the perfect test drive for me and my new power tool. This DIY was not only a complete success but it actually was super easy. Guys, can I tell you how proud of myself I am? I used a large saw and didn't cut any fingers off (I don't exactly have the best record with knives and my fingers)! I've already made three more shelves for my bedroom and a couple friends have put in requests for shelves of their own. #cantstopwontstop

Supplies //
Miter saw (or miter box)
Wood glue
Sand paper
Nail gun (optional)
Nails (optional)
Ruler and Pencil

Step One // Decide how big of triangle shelves you want to create (mine is 15" long). Purchase a piece of wood that is a couple inches longer than the length of all three sides of your triangle - so if your sides are 15", your wood needs to be at least 45" long.

Step Two // Use the miter saw to cut a 30 degree angle on one end of your piece of wood. Flip the wood over 180 degrees, measure out desired length - mark with a pencil, and cut wood again at a 30 degree angle. Once this step is complete, you will have one side of your triangle shelf complete and your long piece of wood will have one side with a 30 degree angle cut.

Step Three // Repeat step two to create three sides to complete your triangle. Total, you should only have to make 4 cuts.

Step Four // Prep all cut sides. Sand down rough edges. Stain wood if desired (I left my wood natural).

Step Five // Add wood glue to all ends, assemble triangle, and hold together for a couple minutes. Wipe off excess glue and let glue set - I let mine set for 12 hours. For extra support, nail wood pieces together using a nail gun. Triangle shelf complete!

I found this video from HGTV to be a great resource (shout out to my fellow visual learners!)

See, a lot easier than you thought, right? I've been styling mine differently all week, finding new knick knacks and greenery to display.

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  1. It is always nice to come into a home - whether yours or a friend's - that is well-decorated, cozy and comfortable. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

  2. I love this! How did you hang it up on the wall? Thank you!

    1. Hi Sarah! We made sure to find a stud in the wall and then hung the shelf with a hefty nail. The top corner of the triangle hides the nail perfectly!