Easy One Hour 1×6 Floating Shelf

A little bit ago, I was over at the 733 Blog sharing a recent project I had completed for my boys room!  As you guys know, I have slowly been finishing up and decorating their room and I wanted to add a shelf to their wall so I built an easy one hour 1×6 floating Shelf.

The best part of building things yourself is that you can make them the size, shape or length you want. This shelf is 5 feet long, but if you need/want one longer you can follow the same steps, just adjust the lengths to your measurement. This shelf is a really easy build and you can be waiting on stain to dry in just an hour!


(3) 1” x 6” x 6” pine boards
Wood Glue
(1) 2×4
Pin nailer/nails
Wood Filler
1 x 1 1/2” bolts (optional)
Stain of your choice.


(3) 1” x 6” x 6” at 5 feet. (top, bottom and front/face)
(2) 1” x 6” x 6” at 4 inches (sides)

If you don’t have a miter box, Home Depot will cut the wood for you.

1 Hour 1x6 Shelf (2) copy

Pick the piece you want as your face piece. I wanted mine to be knotty and look rustic and old so I picked the one with the most “character.” It even had a little crack in the face.

Glue the entire edge of top piece.

Then using your pin nailer or nails and hammer, nail the face piece to the top piece.

Then glue and nail your face piece to the bottom piece.

You should have a box…. missing the bottom. It should look like this. The face piece for your shelf is the piece on the top in this picture. The shelf face will have nail holes.

1 Hour 1x6 Shelf (6) copy

Glue both sides of the side pieces, insert them into the end and nail in place.

Now the shelf is built!! Give it a quick sand to smooth it out a bit.

Fill the little holes with wood filler or if you have a matching putty, just wait and putty when you are done staining.
All the wood in my boy’s room is stained Classic Gray by Minwax so that was my stain of choice.

1 Hour 1x6 Shelf (11) copy

After your stain is dry, sand your shelf down again to give it a weathered look – then give it a once-over with Rustoleum Matte Clear Finish Spray.

It has been about an hour and you are done building and just waiting for everything to dry and cure. I waited over night and was ready to hang the shelf up – but first I wanted to add a little bit of character to the shelf. Using the same bolts I used to hang up their planked truck art and to attach their bed rails – I screwed them into the wood.

These are purely for decoration! But if you want some too… measure in 1 1/4” from each side and mark it.

Use a 9/64 drill bit and pilot drill a hole.

1 Hour 1x6 Shelf (18) copy

After you pilot drill use your bolt and 7/16 socket bit and drill them in.

1 Hour 1x6 Shelf (38) copy


Now your shelf is built, dry and ready to hang.

Measure the inside of your shelf – Mine is 58 1/2” and then cut your 2×4 to be 1/2 an inch smaller – so I cut mine at 58”.

Find the center of where you want to hang your shelf, use your level to make sure it is straight and screw your 2×4 in the wall at the studs. If you don’t have studs – use drywall anchors – but make sure your 2×4 is nice and secure and level!

Now you screw your shelf into the 2×4 and you are set. To make this part easier, measure in 3/4” to make sure you hit the middle of the 2×4 and pre-drill your screws.

1 Hour 1x6 Shelf (31) copy

Before you drill, if you need to, make sure you measure both sides of the wall to make sure your shelf is right in the middle. Since your 2×4 is only 1/2” smaller than your shelf you wont have to wiggle it too much. Then finish drilling your screws into the 2×4.

And now you are done! It seems like there are a lot of steps, but trust me – this is an easy to build shelf and hanging it is a breeze!!

I love how fun and rustic it is and I love the screw accents! I matches their beds and their planked truck art perfectly! Now to decorate the floating shelf! I need some fun frames and cute printable and… trucks!


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  1. LOVE the color, and I’m so glad I do, because I literally just bought that color stain last weekend. 🙂 Happy to see it in action because the shade is gorgeous as are your DIY shelves!

  2. Such a fun and easy project. Love the stain color! Can’t wait to see what you display on it.
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  3. Love it! Looking forward to seeing how you accessorize it!
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  4. Would this work with 1×8 boards? Would you still connect them to a 2×4?

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