How to Make a Wood Wall Shelf with Pegs

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

A wood wall shelf is practical by itself, but by adding pegs it serves a double purpose. This type of design is common in hallways. It allows people to hang their coats on the pegs and place their belongings such as keys on the shelf. You can make basic ones, such as described in this article, or if you have the time and the skills, you can make more decorative ones. To make your wood wall shelf, you need the following supplies.

Step 1 – Preparation

First, you need to decide on the size of your shelf, and the height you are going to place it. Note down these measurements.

Step 2 – Cutting the Wood

You need 1 piece of wood for the shelf, another piece for the backboard, and 2 triangular end pieces. You may need a third piece, a support piece for the middle of the shelf, if it is a long shelf. Mark your measurements on the wood, and then cut with a circular saw. Be sure you are wearing safety glasses when cutting for the wood wall shelf.

Step 3 – Marking the Wall

Using a spirit level, use a pencil to mark the position of the wood wall shelf on the wall. Next, place the backboard with the bottom edge touching this line and mark the wall around it. Make a mark 1 inch inside each corner. This will be where you will put your wall anchors.

Step 4 – Installing Wall Anchors

Drill 4 holes in the positions that you marked out in the previous step. Push in a wall anchor and hammer it in until it is flush against the wall.

Step 5 – Making the Shelf

The piece of wood designated to be the shelf joins the backboard to make an “r” shape. Fix the pieces of wood together using nails. Next, place the triangular side pieces 3 inches in from each end of the shelf. If cut correctly, these should be flush against the backboard and the shelf.

Step 6 – Add the Pegs

Mark out equal intervals for the pegs. 6 inches apart is usually a good distance, depending on the type of pegs you bought. Secure them to the backboard with nails. The pegs should have small holes, which is where the nails will be hammered through.

Step 7 – Finishing

In order to make sure that your new wood wall shelf matches the rest of your décor, paint it or varnish it in a corresponding shade. Sand down the shelf before applying either. You are likely to need 2 coats of either paint or varnish, depending on personal preference.

Step 8 – Mounting the Shelf

Mark on the wood wall shelf where the screw needs to go, in order for it to go through the backboard and into the wall anchor installed in the wall. Secure the shelf to the wall with the screws.