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[VIDEOS] DIY Floating Bookshelf – Defy The Impossible in 4 Different Ways


The video tutorial below inspired by Callum’s Cornucopia shows you how you can create a floating bookshelf using just 2 corner brackets and one paper clip! Below the video is one additional option for installation that is a little bit more involved, but it is the strongest of the options and you’ll have to be willing to sacrifice a book!

4. A Floating Shelf Cutting Out Portions Of A Book to Make It Flush With The Bracket.

This is the most secure installation of the floating bookshelf. If you are looking for the shelf to be really sturdy and less likely to be bumped off the wall or you want to stack A LOT of books or heavier hard-covered books on top of the bottom book, use this method but be prepared to sacrifice the bottom book.


Materials Needed:

  • A book you don’t mind sacrificing
  • A corner bracket
  • A box cutter
  • A black Sharpie


  • 4 small wood screws & 2 long wood screws
  • 1 measuring tape
  • wood glue & soft sponge brush (not pictured)
  • Phillips screwdriver


Step 1:  Place the book face down and open the back cover. On the last page, using the measuring tape, measure and mark the center of the book with the Sharpie.

Step 2:  Center the corner bracket over your center marking and trace the bracket with the Sharpie.

Step 3:  Remeasure the center of the book with your measuring tape just to double check.

Step 4:  With the box cutter, following the trace markings of the bracket, cut out pages of the book a little bit at a time. Keep testing the depth of the cut-out by placing the bracket into the hole until such time as the bracket is tight and flush with the last page of the book.


Step 5:  Cut a rectangular notch the depth of the corner bracket out of the front cover of the book.

Step 6:  Slide the bracket into the notch. Now the book will be flush with the wall.


Step 7:  With the Phillips screwdriver, screw two small wood screws into the bracket through the pages of the book.

Step 8:  Screw two small wood screws into each corner of the book through the pages of the book to keep the pages together.

Step 9:  With the soft sponge brush, generously paint wood glue on the back page of the book and bracket.


Step 10:  Close the back cover of the book pressing it to the glue then place a heavy object on top of the book for at least 24 hours or until completely dry.


Step 11:  Screw the bracket into the wall using the 2 long wood screws.

Step 12:  Stack books on top of the bottom book at least until the bracket is hidden.

To see a video of the above installation, click the link below.



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