How To Build A Corner Shelf In 7 Minutes


Today I am answering the ever so popular question…

“Where did you find those corner shelves?”


Instead of giving you the short answer, which would be…”Oh, my dad built them“…I thought it would be helpful if I posted a tutorial on HOW he built them. Yes, this required me to beg him to be on video. Luckily I’m a daddy’s girl {still} and he happily obliged.

Maybe not happily, but still.

You may remember the shelves I am referring to when I posted pictures of our master bedroom

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…or our powder room.

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If you have ever wanted to learn how to make these yourself then you will love this tutorial by my dad.

First let’s take a look at what you will need.

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In case you like lists instead of pictures…

Materials List: 

{1} 1″x2″ Board (frame material)
{1} 1″x3″ Board (front shelf trim)
{1} 3/4″ Plywood (shelf top)
{1} 1/4″ Plywood (shelf bottom)
{2} Wall Anchors (for mounting)
Finish Nails 1 1/4″ or 1 1/2″

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Tool List:

Saw (circular)
Miter Saw
3/16″ Drill Bit
1/2″ Drill Bit
Tape Measure
Hammer & Nail Set OR Finish Nailer


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{Complete Video Tutorial Below}

1. Determine overall desired width of shelf.

2. Cut 45 degree angle on end of 1″x3″ board.

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3. From 45 degree angle measure & mark overall desired length.

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4. Cut another 45 degree angle at mark on 1″x3″ front piece.

5. Use this front piece to make the pattern for the remaining pieces as described in video.

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6. Assemble Frame

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7. Paint or stain & finish the top, bottom, & front trim to desired finish.

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8. Mount the frame to corner walls with wall anchors.

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9. Attach the top of the shelf with finish nails.

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10. Attach the bottom of the shelf with finish nails.

11. Attach the front piece of trim with finish nails.

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12. Touch up over the finish nails.

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We built this corner shelf for P’s room to hold his chalk for his chalkboard wall…and also so that it was out of reach of Bam-Bam Bents. Just in case you were curious, 2.5 year olds think that EVERY wall becomes a chalkboard wall and they are also under the false belief that crayons are erasable.


Can we give a big huge group THANK YOU to my dad for making his first ever “vlog” appearance and doing an awesome job on showing YOU how to build a corner shelf in 7 minutes?!?! I may have him bust out some of his dance moves for you next time. If you thought J could dance, watch out because Poppy gets down!

What should I convince him to teach you next since he’s the real brains behind all these DIY projects? Let me know in the comment section below.

I bet if you are really convincing {and entice him with some Keystone Light} he will happily complete your requests and I won’t even have to beg.

You can see more of my projects here or check out our home tour.




      • Kim says

        Your dad did an excellent job with his first one!! No one would have known it was his first! I had one quick “newb” question for him. No, it isn’t “Is he single” ha ha. But I wanted to know what kind of wall anchors he used and if I can get them at my local Lowe’s or Home Depot

  1. says

    I have seen your bedroom and bathroom on some of my friends Pinterest. I’m pretty nerdy so I’m like “I know that girl” even though we’ve never met. Just wanted to share my excitement over seeing another Southern Illinois girl getting “famous” :)
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  2. Elizabeth says

    Mandy, LOVE this tutorial! My dad is coming in town to put these together for me next weekend! Can’t wait to FINALLY finish my bedroom!
    Can I ask you where you got thoe wooden “love” sign? I have looked pretty much everywhere… no luck. It’s probably non existent now.. :( Thank you! Love the blog! :)

    • says

      Thanks so much! Are you talking about the wooden love sign on the dresser (if so I can’t remember where I got that one). If you are talking about the mirror love sign on the wall…Hobby Lobby! I hope that helps!

      • Elizabeth says

        Oh! That’s a mirror?? Umm… I think I am more in love with it now than I was!!! I thought it was a wooden love sign put in an empty frame. Thank you! :) I know where I am going on my lunch!

  3. Brenda Jones says

    Oh My… I cried thru that whole thing. My Dad could build me anything too. Love them while you have them :) Bj

  4. Maricia says

    I love this! I have been looking for shelves like this for awhile (that don’t cost an arm & leg). My husband now has something new on his honey do list! Thanks so much to you & your dad!!!

  5. April Smith says

    Absolutely love your style!!!! Btw on the corner shelves you show them on a salmon colored wall…I’m in love with that color could you tell me what it is :-)

  6. Kaitlyn says

    Great tutorial! I love the corner shelves… we did some in my toddler’s room, but these look simple enough that maybe I could try it out! :) I am in LOVE with your gray/white/aqua nursery! I have these colors in my to-do list for our baby we’re expecting in the beginning of July. What color and brand is that gray? I’ve looked at a million paint chips and I think I just need to see some on the wall. Thanks!!

  7. Andrea Pazienza says

    Great vlog! My Uncle helped me make them this weekend. What color stain did you use on the shelves in your bedroom?

  8. Brianna says

    I am obsessed with the color you painted the powder room! I tried looking on the other pages but didn’t see it mentioned? Thanks!

    • says

      Thanks! I actually just painted over it. LOL! It’s a good wine color if you are looking for something that deep. I needed to brighten it up some so I went lighter. I can’t find the exact color that I used. I’m sorry!

  9. Kris Bradseth Christiansen says

    The shelves are cute (and super useful,) but your dad… He should have his own HGTV program!

  10. Nikki says

    I just found your blog through Pinterest, and I’m in love! I will definitely keep coming back. I can’t wait to try (actually make my Husband make these) these shelves. They are just what we need!

  11. Dave says

    Great tutorial! If one doesn’t have a nail gun, it seems like hammering finishing nails into the top and bottom might be hard once the unit is mounted on the wall. I can imagine scraping up the wall with the hammer or knocking the shelf crooked. Any suggestions?

  12. AJ says

    Question: about how much do the shelves cost to build? I am looking at the supplies on home depot but I was wondering if you could give me an idea of how much they cost you.


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