How To Build a Simple Shelf Bracket

In: Home Decor Tutorials, Laundry Room Tutorials
Pin to build later! A simple DIY Shelf Bracket to fit any shelf anywhere!

Summer is in full swing and so is the heat.  With that said, I can’t take the heat, therefore, we’ve chosen to not be stuck up in my mom’s bedroom installing a new ceiling.  We’ll wait until it’s a bit cooler.  Apparently a/c is overrated at Mom and Dad’s house.  Eh Hem.

  • Being super duper busy, just like the rest of us, I’m picking tiny little projects that can be done in little spurts.  Peanut is napping and the big kids are involved in a heated game of Sequence- I’ll go cut some wood.
  • Hubs is  mowing the lawn and all of the kids are scattered around the yard chasing him- I’ll go paint something.
  • Everyone is passed out from a long day of swimming- I’ll have a cup of coffee and browse Pinterest.

That’s sort of how it works On Bliss Street.

Therefore, the next room on my list, if you can call it a room, is the laundry “area.”  It’s really a closet directly across from the mud room where the washer and dryer are supposed to fit behind a closet door.  Well, mine never actually fit because of the dryer hose thingy that comes out of the wall.  Apparently, there are a bunch of things you can buy to fix that, so I’m on that soon.  Until then, I’m going to show you how you can build a simple shelf bracket so you…

A- don’t have to buy ugly metal ones.

B- Can use up some of that scrap wood you’ve been hoarding (That may just be me, but misery loves company. ) Read on.

Here is our laundry closet:

messy laundry closet

Yes, that is a large pizza box and a case of Diet Dr. Pepper next to a paint tray and some dryer balls. What can I say, we get crazy on the weekends.


I happen to have a bunch of 1″ x 2″ scrap pieces and a couple 6′ pieces so those will be my brackets.  I’m going to cut them to hold a 1″ x 12″ board for the shelf- Again, I happen to have a 6′ one tucked in the back of my lumber.  Handy.

Supply list for 4 brackets to hold a 1″ x 12″ board.

2- 1″ x 2″ x 6′ boards- or scrap pieces that are no less than 9″ long.

1- 1″ x 12″ x 6′ board for shelf

Kreg Jig and 1 1/2″ screws

3″ screws to install into studs

Miter saw- you could get away with using a miter box if you’re really careful.

Step 1:

Cut your pieces straight pieces- 8- 9″ pieces

9" piece of wood with tape measure

Step 2:

Cut your 4- 8″ pieces on a 45 degree angle alternating on each side.  This is how I do it-

Ridgid miter saw at 45 degree angle

  1. Cut one end off at a 45 degree angle with the 1″ side of the board touching the deck of your saw.
  2. Now flip your board by lifting the fresh cut end up and rotate it from 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock.  Now the end that needs to be cut is next to the saw.
  3. Measure 8″ from the long end of the fresh cut side and mark.  That is where you will cut the new side.
cutting a board at a 45 degree angle

This is my oopsy daisy cut- the board is the wrong way on the deck. Just wanted to point that out and also allow you to laugh loudly at my expense.

Now you have all of your boards cut-

boards cut for shelf brackets

One is missing from here… Where did it go? I found it in the scrap pile. Scrap happens.

Step 3:

Now for a little decorative touch, pick 4 of your straight cut 9″ boards and set your saw to 25 degrees.

Ridgid miter saw set to 25 degrees

Trim off one end at 25 degrees.  This will give a nice finished angle on the bottom bracket piece.  Omit this step if you want to be boring.

Step 4:

Using your adorable little Kreg Jig- you are going to pocket holes into one end of the 4 remaining straight boards.

Using Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes into a 1" by 2" board

Step 5:

Attach 1 of the boards with the pocket hole to one of your decorative angled boards creating a right angle.

Shelf brackets at a right angle using a Kreg Jig to join

See? The decorative touch is totes worth it, right?


Step 6:

Apply wood glue to the 2 angled ends of one of the 8″ pieces.

applying Elmer's wood glue to a board

Step 7:

Place the board between the right angle boards where the ends meet flush with the right angle.

DIY Wood shelf bracket

Step 8:

Drill pilot holes on both sides for the screws that will hold the center board in place.  You don’t want to split the wood.

Drilling a pilot hole into a DIY shelf bracket

Step 9:

Attach the board using 1 1/2″ screws.

Assembling DIY shelf bracket

Step 10:

Give all of your brackets a nice sanding and fill holes if you want to while the glue dries.

Step 11:

Drill pilot holes where you will be attaching to the studs in the wall.

Now, I decided that I wanted to paint them all white to make them really pop on the gray wall.

DIY shelf brackets painted white


Use a stud finder to mark the studs in the wall or use heavy duty dry-wall anchors.  I mounted 3 of mine into studs, but the last was an anchor because of the ugly hose box behind the washer.

White DIY shelf bracket installed onto gray wall

Once they are on the wall you can install the shelf by just screwing some 1 1/2″ screws from the bottom through the brackets and into the shelf board.  The next time I paint something white, I’ll paint over those screws, until then, just ignore them :)

My board was stained with Minwax Provincial and is super strong, simple and perfect to hold those little laundry odds and ends.

DIY wood shelf with DIY Shelf brackets

DIY wood shelf with DIY Shelf brackets



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  • Sue Pekarek

    The shelf turned out great, honestly I just love it. We use the Elmers Glue too, as in, we just bought a huge container of it getting ready to put the beadboard up on the hallway walls as he wants to nail AND glue.

    • Erica

      Thanks Sue! I heart headboard :)

  • Holly Hauck

    This look great. Your laundry room is really clean too! I wish you lived closer.

    • Erica

      Oh Holly… I move the mess behind the camera for pics, then it gets put right back 😉 Kids are messy. Husbands I think are messier though!

  • chellie schmitz

    I want these in my laundry room! But first I have to finish the bedroom. :-)

  • Ashley Tukiainen

    This looks really nice! You’re right, so much nicer than the metal ones

  • Hillary Cole

    This looks awesome! I am so not handy so I always save these for my husband!