How to make a floating glass shelf

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How to make a floating glass shelf
Floating shelves are simple and elegant. (glasses on the shelf image by Daria Miroshnikova from

Floating shelves can make a statement in a room. Glass shelves are simple but elegant and can be used to hold a number of items, including books, vases, collectibles and other items. Floating shelves are easy to build and assemble; glass shelves need to be placed in brackets with ridges in order to hold them steady. Putting up a floating glass shelf can be completed in an hour.

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Things you need

  • Glass shelf
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Brackets with grips, clips or hooks
  • Screwdriver
  • Glue or putty

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  1. 1

    Choose brackets that are suitable for glass shelves. Use brackets that have grips to keep the shelf from sliding or brackets that have clips or hooks to hold the brackets steady.

  2. 2

    Measure the length of your glass shelves using the tape measure. Most shelves are between 2 and 3 feet long.

  3. 3

    Measure out locations for the brackets on your wall. Each bracket should be placed 3 to 5 inches inside the edge of the bracket. Use a level to ensure that your measurements are even.

  4. 4

    Attach the brackets to the wall using a screwdriver. Some brackets may require glue, putty or specific methods of attachment, depending on the type of bracket chosen.

  5. 5

    Attach the shelves to the brackets. Place the glass shelves so that they are held firmly in the grip, hooks or clips of their brackets. Test the security of each shelf by applying gentle pressure to it.

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