Build your own crown molding ledges from solid wood and mdf crown to fit your space.
This is my friend’s youngest little boy’s bedroom and she had a blank wall that was perfect for these shelves. The real reason she wanted the shelves: to provide a ledge for the baby video monitor:
Inspired by the Pottery Barn Kids classic shelving at $82 a piece:
My DIY version costs about $25 in supplies.
A fairly simple build if you don’t mind a mitered bevel cut.
These shelves are 36″ long each:
Here’s how to build crown molding ledges:
1. Determine length of shelves.
For this tutorial I will use 36″ long shelves.
Below are my original sketches (disregard the 30″l).
1 – 1×8 @ 36″ (shelf top)
1 – 1×4 @ 30 1/2″ (box front)
2 – 1×4 @ 3 1/2″ (box sides)
1 – 1×4 @ 29″ (box bottom)
1 – 2×3 @ 28 1/2″ (wall cleat)
* Cut crown to fit beginning with front long edge first.
A great miter/bevel guide from Dewalt here.
3. Secure box sides to box front with pocket holes.
4. Center on underside of shelf piece and secure with pocket holes from interior:
5. Add box bottom with finish nails.
This creates a finished space for the wall cleat:
6. Cut crown molding to fit and secure with finish nails.
7. Prime and paint, two coats semi gloss white:
8. Find the studs and secure wall cleat level using 3″ wood screws directly into studs:
9. Now take the shelf and slide the empty box portion directly onto the cleat:
10. Secure shelf using 2″ wood screws countersunk into cleat: