This office would be kind of expensive to do on your own.
Nothing to break the bank, mind you, but the materials I used were pricey, and it took a lot of labor and woodworking expertise to make the walnut shelves. In this post, I'm going to show you a few ways to save money on your shelving.
First, if you were paying attention, you might have noticed that I made do without brackets in a few places:
On the right-hand side, I didn't have to use brackets because the wall made a right angle, and there were studs in all the right places. I just screwed little strips of wood (ledgers) into the wall to make ledges.
On the lower left, I was concerned that the printer/scanner would bump into the shelf bracket when I raised the lid. I wanted to use a ledger, but there's not a stud in the right place. Instead of screwing the ledger to the wall, I held it up in front with a little piece of wood. (This is a bit of trim that I happened to have lying around, and it's probably a little too slender for the books it's holding up. If you're trying this at home, use something a little thicker.)
I could have supported whole shelf this way, with sturdy legs running down from one shelf to the next and thence to the desk. That would take a little more work than hanging brackets, but it would be a little bit cheaper.
In fact, when I put in my kitchen, I made a sturdier version, using legs as wide as each shelf, like this:
The kitchen was also less expensive than the office because I used a cheap grade of pine, and I got the two metal brackets for free from my mom when she upgraded her kitchen. By the way, did you notice that the brackets are just a little bit off center? Once again, it's because of the location of the wall studs.
Speaking of "less expensive," the wood for this little bathroom shelf was free:
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