How to Build Wooden Wall Shelves with Hooks

What You'll Need
Spirit Level
Circular Saw
Safety Glasses
Wood Putty
Paint Brush

Wooden wall shelves are both practical and decorative, and shelves with hooks are particularly useful. This type of shelf design is common in hallways, as it enables people to hang their hats, coats and scarves, as well as using the shelf for keys, purses/wallets and other objects. You are able to make these shelves as decorative as you like, assuming you have wood carving skills. However, this article will stick with the basic structure.  

Step 1 – Prep Work

Write down the following measurements: the height that the shelf will be from the floor, the width of the shelf, and the height of the backboard. The piece of wood for the backboard is roughly the same size as the piece of wood for the shelf.

Step 2 – Cut the Wood

You will need a total of four pieces of wood: one for the shelf, one for the backboard and two triangular end pieces. If the shelf is very wide you will need a third end piece to place in the middle to prevent it from bending. Before cutting, make sure you are wearing safety glasses and mark where the cut will be made then cut using a circular saw.

Step 3 – Marking the Wall

Place the backboard against the wall. Make sure it is straight with a spirit level, then draw around it with a pencil. The wall will be fully marked once you have drawn four small circles that are several centimeters in from each corner for the plugs.

Step 4 – Installing Plugs

In the previous step, you marked out where to insert the plugs. First, you need to drill holes in these drawn circles. Next, push the plug in. Hammer it, if necessary, so that it is flush against the wall.

Step 5 – Making the Shelf

Secure the shelf onto the top edge of the backboard with wood glue. Add more security with nails so that the two pieces of wood make an “r” shape. The triangular side pieces should be placed roughly four centimeters in from the shelf ends.  If it is a wide shelf then another triangular piece should be placed in the center of the shelf.

Step 6 – Mounting the Shelf

Mark on the shelf where the screw should be placed to go through the backboard and into the plug installed on the wall. Once mounted, cover the nail heads with wood putty and smooth it around the joint between the wood and the wall.  

Step 7 – Adding Hooks

First, divide the width of the backboard by the number of hooks you want and then mark these intervals with pencil. Finally, depending on the type of hook, adhere it to the backboard. Some hooks will come with an adhesive strip on the back, while others will have a small hole to nail them to the backboard.  

Step 8 – Finishing

Finally, sand down your shelf to make sure you do not get splinters. Secondly, choose between paint or vanish and apply it using a paint brush. You will need two coats for a good finish.