How to build an over the door shelf.
Over the door shelves are amazing. They are out of the way and utilize a space that would otherwise be unused. The shelf contents are also well out of the reach of children (and many adults, I need a stool to get stuff).
In the past, I've bought a shelf and hung it over the door. It's a pretty simple solution. So this time, I went out, bought a shelf, and as I'm videoing me about to hang it, I'm cussing because my shelf is half the width of my door frame. Total newb error and I had to laugh. Because building a shelf sounded like less work than running out to the store, I decided to give it a try.
I really like how it came out. I don't think it would support a ton of weight, but my items are light weight and the shelf is thin so it didn't need as much support.
PLEASE... if you make this, be careful. Make sure you screw the shelf into a stud and test it to make sure it can support the weight of what you're putting on the shelf. You don't want this coming down on someone's head. And if you think there's even a remote possibility that your child could get up there, make sure to keep stuff locked up.
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- 3/4" Plywood: 2 pieces should be cut to 3.5x6" and you'll need one long piece that is 6" x 35" (35" should be the width of the door frame).
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jr. (I got this at the Haven Conference and LOVE it)
- Kreg Clamp (I also got this and it's amazing)
- Pocket hole screws
- Paint or stain.
- Stud Finder (I use this magnetic stud finder)
Spoilers: Once you cut your three pieces of wood, you're using pocket holes from the side pieces into the top to screw the whole shelf together. Then I added pocket holes to the left side of my left side of the shelf to screw it into the wall (again, try to hit a stud). The right side of the shelf was up against a wall so I screwed that into the stud on the right side, directly through the wood (rather than using a pocket hole).
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