How to Make a DIY Floating Shelf for Your DVD Player

Have a blank wall? See how to make a DIY floating shelf for your dvd player and other gadgets. These add so much personality to our space and are cute for home decor.

Remember back in October when I said I was envisioning floating shelves in my future? Well we did it!! And honestly it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it might be. I have been so excited to share this tutorial but have been busy working lately that it’s been difficult to get decent photos of them while there’s still light out.

Within one week of buying this home we knew we wanted shelves in the awkward space between the fireplace and the wall. We also wanted it to be multi-functioning to hold the dvd player, cable box, and internet modem.

Eventually I want to redecorate the shelves and add some more cutesy things, but for now, I went shopping around my home to decorate. For those interested in building your own, I think ours took about one week (working in the evenings) to build them and stain them and cost about $50.

How to build DIY floating shelves image.

Living room with sofa and fireplace image.

It took us about three weeks to figure out the size of our shelves. We even made cardboard cutouts that we would hold against the wall to test it out in the evenings. We knew we wanted three shelves and after seeing something similar on HGTV, decided to make them staggered. For the mantle, we just wanted something simple that matched the other shelves.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own diy floating shelf for dvd player.

Wooden planks image.


  • 2 sheets of plywood
  • 2×4 wood
  • 3/4 inch dowels
  • 1×4 edge board
  • screws

Here’s all the equipment you need:

  • Chop Saw
  • Table Saw
  • Drill Driver
  • 5/16 Drill Bit
  • Phillips Head
  • Finish Nailer
  • Stud finder
  • Level

How to Build a Fireplace Mantle

Because the fireplace mantle only has one side attached to the wall, we wanted to make sure it would be more sturdy when built so is a little different than the larger shelves.

Start by using a stud finder and drill a hole the size of your dowels through the studs where your shelf will go. Make sure this is a tight fit and then stick your dowels into the hole. Make sure that you make the holes level so that your shelf sits level on the wall.

Two wooden dowels holding level on a wall image.

Then use your 2×4 to build a basic box the size of your mantle (minus the width of your finishing board). You will drill a hole in the side of your box and half way through the side furthest from the wall for the dowel to sit in. This will help make it sturdy.

Unfinished wooden rectangle box image.
Cut down your dowels to the correct depth and then slide the box onto the dowels and use a nailer to attach your pretty finish boards to the sides, top, and bottom of your mantle. You could stain it before you attach it if you would like. Either way just don’t forget to stain it or at least seal the wood with a polycrylic coat before calling it done.
DIY wooden box placed on wall above fireplace image.

I’m so excited with how the mantle turned out and so glad we decided to do a mantle to match while we were making the floating shelves!

How to Make Floating Shelves

Measure double, triple, quadruple times. And then ask your handy husband (or neighbor or child) or anyone who can use a measuring tape to check your measurements. After ours got finished, I sat down to admire our shelves and said “the middle one is 1/2 inch too high.” Yes, I have a freaky sense of measurements. Husband swore I was just going crazy but he pulled out the measuring tape just to prove me wrong….haha. Ya not so much. Half an inch too high. Oh well. Next time we’ll measure a few more times.

As with the mantle, find your studs and mark them. Cut your 2×4 down to make a box the size you want your shelf (minus the width of your finishing board times two). Just like with the mantle, you’ll build your base shelf and then nail on the finishing board at the end which will add more depth and width to the shelf.

Partially finished shelf attached to a wall image.

Once your base is built, drill the base into the studs and make sure they are nice and tight. If you can’t find the studs for some reason, make sure and use drywall anchors to make it more secure. If you’re going for a full floating shelf with just the back edge against the wall, I highly suggest using the dowel method like we did on the mantle for the full shelves. The only way you could get away with not doing it is if you know you won’t be putting anything more than a few pounds on the shelves…ever. I would highly suggest doing it though unless you have a side wall like we do to mount it to as well.

As you can see in the picture below, we knew we planned on putting our tv players on the bottom shelf so added extra support into the shelf to make sure it would be strong enough to support more weight.

DIY unfinished wooden shelves attached to a wall image.

Once you have your shelves attached to the wall, check to make sure they are flush to the wall. Our walls were curved a little so we had to make a little shim, which you can see on the far right of the shelf against the wall in the picture below, to make sure it attached well.

Underside of DIY wooden shelf image.

We just used plywood for the top and bottom of our shelves since it is much cheaper than buying fancy wood. For the sides we bought 1x4 pine wood. We then stained it all a nice espresso stain (which also happens to match our kitchen cabinets quite wonderfully). Then all you need to do is attach them with a nailer and voila!! Beautiful, lovely, diy shelves you can showoff to the world and be proud of.

DIY floating shelf on wall image.

If you have any questions about any steps in this process, please shoot me an email or leave a comment below. I’d love to help you out.

Before and after photos of floating shelves in a living room image.

Ready to make your own diy floating shelf for dvd player?

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11 thoughts on “How to Make a DIY Floating Shelf for Your DVD Player

    1. Hi Carrie! Thanks for stopping by!! It took a little bit of convincing that we could do it on our own but so rewarding once we finished (and hear all the compliments). :)

  1. I love these! I wanted to put a couple in my room for photo’s & decor. I’m stopping by from SITS & I hope you have a great Saturday!

    1. Hi Leslie! Thanks for stopping by!! If they aren’t heavy photos they would be even easier to make without needing the dowels. Good luck! Would love to see photos if you end up making them.

  2. I adore this!!! Definitely pinning it for when Nate and I buy a house. :-) Nice to “meet” another PDX girl here on the blogland. :-)

  3. What an adorable shelving design, the way it was done was so lovely. I am going to do this also in my bedroom as my new project to our new house.

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