How to Build a Liquor Display Shelf

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How to Build a Liquor Display Shelf
A liquor shelf can be used for many types of liquor or glassware. (glasses on the shelf image by Daria Miroshnikova from

A handmade liquor display shelf showcases your collection of fancy liquors, proudly displays extravagant gifts and makes your home bar look a bit more authentic. Very customisable, a liquor display shelf can store all of your bottles while matching the look and feel of your room. Whether merely lining up your liquor selections or arranging wine bottles on top and wine glasses underneath, a liquor display shelf is an excellent organizational addition to any home.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Shelf wood
  • Thin railing wood
  • Brackets
  • Wood glue
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Stud finder
  • Carpenter's level
  • Measuring tape
  • Wood screws

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    Attach the thin wooden strips around the border of the top of the shelf wood, using a thin layer of wood glue. If attaching a heavier or taller railing, mount the railing to the shelf by pre-drilling holes into the shelf and railing from below the shelf, then fastening it together with wood screws.

  2. 2

    Find the wall studs in the desired shelving area using the stud finder. Mark the location of each stud using a pencil, making sure that you have located both sides of each stud so you know their thicknesses, as it will be essential that your display shelf be attached to these studs so that it can support the heavy weight of the liquor bottles.

  3. 3

    Measure the distance between the centre of each wall stud and the centre of the next to determine the distance necessary between your shelving brackets. Transfer this measurement to your shelf and place the brackets the same distance apart.

  4. 4

    Mark the screw holes in each of the brackets on the shelf. Pre-drill the holes for each, being careful not to penetrate the top surface of the shelf, which may cause an uneven surface that is unfit for storing liquor bottles. Attach the brackets using wood screws.

  5. 5

    Place the shelf against the wall and position the brackets over the wall studs. Use the carpenter's level on top of the shelf to determine if the shelf is sitting straight in its position on the wall, for otherwise the liquor bottles will slide to one side over time.

  6. 6

    Mark the location of the bracket's screw holes on the wall using the pencil. Drill holes in the marks on the wall, making sure that the drill bit hits the wood stud on each hole. Attach the shelf to the wall using wood screws.

Tips and warnings

  • Shelving may be painted or stained to match the room prior to the installation of the brackets.
  • It is also possible to build your shelving in a "stadium" style with steps for layered display, with taller bottles in the back and shorter bottles in the front.
  • The thin wooden border will help prevent the bottles from falling off the shelf, and add a touch of elegance to the liquor display shelf.
  • Never mount extremely heavy objects or bottles without testing the weight limits of your shelf.

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