A guide to DIY floating kitchen shelves

October 21, 2020

A guide to DIY floating kitchen shelves

Our new home and studio were originally built in the 1970’s. Christin keeps saying it’s a man’s dream – 5 garages and one tiny kitchen. Lol This summer was spent moving and doing some pretty major renovations to the aesthetic of the house.

A little behind the scenes fact: Christin and I used to build houses a number of years ago. One of the things we enjoy most is doing a project together, it’s partly why we started Little w Studio.

The kitchen in the house needed some work (some might be an understatement) and, in the process, we decided to remove the old upper cabinets to open the space up and instead add floating open shelves.

It’s been a creative outlet to work on the house together and build some different things. Below is my guide on how I made the floating kitchen shelves. We love how they turned out.   

The floating shelves are made out of Ash and the key to the whole thing for strength to hold your stuff are the brackets needed for inside Hover Solutions says you can use a 1:2 ratio of bracket to shelf length. So, for a 36-inch shelf, you will need an 18-inch bracket.

Here’s what you need:

  • Finish Nailer
  • Tape Measurer
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Stain
  • Wood (I used XXX)
  • Stud Finder
  • Hovr bracket system (link)
  • Wood Filler
  • Miter Saw 


  1. Determine the length of your shelf. Based on the space you have to work with.
  2. Cut the shelves to the dimensions needed.
  3. Create the channel for the bracket. Most common way is to router out the back of your shelf, however I used a Dado blade and just cut the channel with my table saw to make room for the bracket. *the bottom of the bracket is longer than the top.
  4. Attach the bracket to your shelf. 1 screw per hole.
  5. Drill and tap the holes in the bottom of the shelf to accommodate the threaded set screws for the bracket to secure the two parts together. 
  6. Prep the other bracket and drill the holes based on the studs in your wall. Mark your studs on the bracket and drill the holes centered.
  7. Attach that bracket to the wall. Get your level ready to make you make everything level before screwing into the second stud.
  8. Combine the brackets and tilt your shelf on an angle to connect the brackets and hook them together.
  9. Secure the brackets.
  10. Boom! You’re done.


  • Follow the actual directions and instructional video from Hovr Solutions lol


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