There has already been a significant surge in people taking up various home improvement projects throughout the pandemic, and that’s likely to continue throughout the winter months. As long as we’re stuck at home, we might as well make it a little nicer. Not everyone has the time or budget for a major renovation, but there are a few relatively inexpensive DIY projects you can take on that can really make a difference in your home, including adding new shelving.
Not only can shelving can add more storage space to your home—it can also be decorative. And best of all, there are plenty of free downloadable woodworking plans that walk you through how to make a variety of shelves. Here are several examples from The Spruce, which are all appropriate for DIY beginners.
Recycled wood pallet shelf
If you have access to wooden pallets, you can complete this project on a very small budget. Here are the plans for the Recycled Wood Pallet Shelf from Strawberry Chic.
This shelving project is not only relatively simple, but it’s also adjustable, thanks to the dowel rods. Download plans for the Pegboard Shelf from Better Homes & Gardens.
Perfect for a kid’s room or a home office, this cubby shelf was modeled after one sold at West Elm for $179. Here’s how to access plans for the Cubby Shelf from Jen Woodhouse.
Scrap wood shelf
Have some spare wood sitting around? Put it to use by making this rustic shelf that’s simple, yet stylish. Download the plans for the Scrap Wood Shelf from Rogue Engineer.
This one is not only functional—it’s also pretty adorable. And it’s portable: because it sits on top of another surface and isn’t attached to the wall, you can move it around to different parts of your home. Here’s how to access plans for the Truck Shelf from That’s My Letter.