How to Make Speaker Shelves

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How to Make Speaker Shelves
Mount your speakers on speaker shelves. (Speaker image by PinkShot from

For those who have multiple speakers for a surround sound system or home theatre system, mounting the speakers on the wall will help improve the look and feel of the sound system. Using speaker shelves to hold up the speakers in different positions throughout the room is one way of doing this. Do-it-yourselfers will want to build their own speaker shelves rather than purchasing pre-made ones. Wooden speaker shelves will serve this purpose well.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • One 12-inch x 12-inch x ¾-inch wooden block (cherry or oak)
  • Two 12-inch x 1-inch x ¾-inch wooden blocks
  • Wood glue
  • Drill
  • Four 1-inch screws
  • Four 2-inch screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood stain
  • Paint

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  1. 1

    Measure the bottom of the speaker you want to put on the shelf, using a measuring tape. A speaker shelf built specifically to the speaker's dimensions will be more aesthetically pleasing. If you want a standard shelf, not just for the speaker, skip this step.

  2. 2

    Cut a square block of wood to approximately 12 inches in length, 12 inches in width and ¾ of an inch thick. Use the dimensions of the speaker instead if you prefer. Use solid wood such as cherry or oak.

  3. 3

    Cut two rectangular blocks of wood to the same length as the shelf. If you went with a 12x12 square, cut the blocks to be 12 inches long by 1 inch wide.

  4. 4

    Apply wood glue to one of the 12-inch-long edges of one of the rectangular blocks, and attach the rectangular block to one of the edges of the shelf. The rectangular piece should be flush with the square piece. Clamp the pieces together and allow some time for the glue to dry. If you are making a corner speaker shelf, repeat this step with the second rectangular block placed at a 90-degree angle from the first block.

  5. 5

    Drill two 1-inch screws down into the shelf and the rectangular block to attach the block securely to the shelf. Each screw should be about 1 inch from the edge of the shelf. Repeat this step with the second rectangular block if you are making a corner speaker shelf.

  6. 6

    Place the shelf in the part of the wall where you want it to go. Use a level to ensure the shelf is level, and then screw two 2-inch screws into the rectangular block to attach the shelf to the wall. The screws should be about 1 inch from either edge of the rectangular block. Repeat this step with the second rectangular block if you are building a corner shelf.

  7. 7

    Sand all surfaces of the shelf using sandpaper and finish the shelf using wood stain or paint. Remove the shelf from the wall to do this, to avoid getting stain or paint on the wall.

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