DIY Wooden Triangle Shelves

DIY Wooden Triangle Shelves @themerrythought
We had a few requests for the diy for these wooden triangle shelves back when we posted the Tripod Lamp – so this post is for you if you were wondering how to make your own triangle shelf!
Mike actually made me a couple of these shelves a year or two ago to hang in our bedroom. Our bedroom is still waiting for a new coat of paint, which seems like it’s not going to happen in this lifetime (oh’re throwing off my to-do list!), so for now they just float around and are used as props here and there.
DIY Wooden Triangle Shelves @themerrythought
The good news is, even after a year or two (gosh it feels sad not being able to remember how long I’ve had these kicking around), I’m still liking my triangle shelves, so if we ever do happen to get around to painting and hanging things on our walls, I will still be happy to hang these! And I was more than happy to add another shelf to my duo, since I needed Mike to whip another one up for these step photos!
DIY Wooden Triangle Shelves @themerrythought
These shelves really take no time at all to throw together, I think it took Mike about 10 minutes (and that was with me taking photos), so as long as you have the right tools, you should have a few new shelves hanging on your walls in no time!
DIY Wooden Triangle Shelves @themerrythought
DIY Wooden Triangle Shelves @themerrythought
What you need:

  • Wood (we used pine)
  • Circular saw
  • Planer
  • Miter box
  • Wood glue
  • Nail gun
  • Nails
  • Sand paper

DIY Wooden Triangle Shelves @themerrythought
DIY Wooden Triangle Shelves @themerrythought
DIY Wooden Triangle Shelves @themerrythought
DIY Wooden Triangle Shelves @themerrythought
How to do it:
Cut wood to the width you’d like using circular saw (our shelves are about 2″ wide). Use the planer to clean the edges. Using the miter box, cut a 30 degree angle on the end, flip wood 180 degrees and measure it the length you’ll want the shelf pieces (our is 12″). Cut at desired length at 30 degree angle again (see photo above to see how the piece looks once both ends are cut). Add wood glue to end, and glue two pieces together. Let set for a minute then nail boards together. Repeat with remaining piece. Sand shelf. We left our shelves as is, you can add stain, paint and/or a coat of polyurethane if desired. To hang, use a nail or screw in the wall and hang triangle on it. (Make sure that it’s secure enough to hold whatever you’re putting on it). Use 2 screws, one in each corner, if hanging the triangle upside down.
DIY Wooden Triangle Shelves @themerrythought
DIY Wooden Triangle Shelves @themerrythought

– Manda

  • Meg @ Adventures in VerdanceFriday, October 31, 2014 - 10:13 am

    I need a circular saw, if only to make these. Thanks for sharing — so awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Audrey | Brunch at Audrey'sSaturday, November 1, 2014 - 6:43 pm

    I love geometric shapes, and it’s especially cool how this structured shelf is composed of such organic material! Gotta love when modern meets nature -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’sReplyCancel

  • nannaTuesday, November 4, 2014 - 12:58 pm

    How do you hang theseReplyCancel

    • MandaTuesday, November 4, 2014 - 1:26 pm

      Just added that step to the directions up above! (Use a nail or screw in the wall)ReplyCancel

      • nannaWednesday, November 5, 2014 - 4:36 am


  • colleenpastoorSaturday, November 8, 2014 - 2:54 am

    Need a miter box! You guys make this look way too easy 🙂ReplyCancel

  • QuickViralFriday, November 28, 2014 - 9:06 am

    Simply superb idea to decorate the homeReplyCancel

  • ViralSelfieFriday, November 28, 2014 - 9:07 am

    Thanks for sharing awesome DIY tricks. My wife always needs new ideas and it will surely help her.ReplyCancel

  • Chase DaleyWednesday, January 21, 2015 - 8:01 pm

    How much would you say all of this would run you in supplies minus the saw and planer? I’m wanting to make three shelves just like these at either 12″ or 18″ReplyCancel

    • MandaThursday, January 22, 2015 - 5:26 pm

      Hi Chase – not counting any of the tools you use, 3 shelves could be made for under $20. Probably closer to $15, but I can’t say for sure since prices will vary depending on where you shop.ReplyCancel

  • WillFriday, March 20, 2015 - 10:13 am

    Are the three pieces of wood cut to the same length? I’m new to wood working.ReplyCancel

    • MandaFriday, March 20, 2015 - 11:32 am

      Hi Will – yes, they are all cut to the same length.ReplyCancel

      • WillFriday, March 20, 2015 - 12:07 pm

        Thanks for the quick reply. I’m off to the hardware store. Really like the looks of the shelves.ReplyCancel

  • Annalisa @ Stone Broke HawaiiSaturday, July 23, 2016 - 2:56 am

    I really dig this tutorial! Just a warning: be sure not to buy the wrong kind of miter box for this project! I accidentally got a miter box that cuts at a 45 degree angle. I was one confused chick for a minute there! By the way, beautiful photo styling on this post. Aloha from Hawaii!ReplyCancel

  • SherrieSunday, August 14, 2016 - 3:44 pm

    I’ve a question. I love 1&1/2″laths and wonder if they would work on these triangle shelves, and, would brackets work on each corner? If so, which kind of bracket would you use?

    Thank you for sharing your creativity!ReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, August 15, 2016 - 10:44 pm

      Hi – we’re not sure what kind of brackets you’re referring to. You can make these shelves the same way that we made ours, just using lath instead of the wood.ReplyCancel

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