Pictures of shelf near ceiling, please?

roygbivOctober 7, 2008

I am looking for inspiration for shelving to place sports trophies and lego creations in my 10/ 2 year old son's room. I've seen a shaker peg shelf before around the entire perimeter about a foot from the ceiling. Anyone out there have anything like this? Thanks.

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We do. We didn't run it around the whole room - too many corners and weird bends. But we did run it around the two walls that have windows, and we used the shelf brackets as supports for the curtain rods. We are by no means carpenters, but I think it came out pretty nice!

    Bookmark   October 7, 2008 at 9:09PM
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ikplatow that room is adorable! You did a great job, made it special and kept it real. Just love those little pops of red.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2008 at 9:24PM
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lkplatow - fabulous! Thanks so much for the pic. Dh says that that is doable! Did you glue or nail the vertical wall board? Also, any suggestions for recreating your design? Thanks.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2008 at 9:39PM
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We ran a plexiglass shelf along one wall for DS's legos. His room has a "spaceship" theme so we used a lot of industrial/metal accessories including the shelf brackets. In addition, I spray-painted flatware containers to make display shelves for his Lego people.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2008 at 9:50PM
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I'm trying to remember exactly how we did it. We did my daughter's room first and learned some lessons there, so the pic above is our second attempt (much better looking). We primed and painted all the boards first to make it easier. We learned to use BIN on the knotholes because in my daughter's room, the knotholes bled through within the first 6 months and we had to BIN and repaint.

For construction, I'm pretty sure we measured the length for the flat horizontal boards and cut them so they'd miter together. Then we measured the vertical boards to fit between the spaces between the walls and window trim. Then we actually screwed the vertical boards and horizontal boards together measuring carefully to make sure we were lining things up right so they'd fit with the window trim. We used screws that went down from the top into the vertical boards, figuring no one would see the screw holes once the shelf was up. Finally, we screwed the vertical boards into the studs, countersinking the screws and filling the holes with spackle. In the corner where the top boards meet, we used some mending brackets (little metal plates that screw into the board) to hold the boards together. I think we also had to make a seam on the long wall because the flat horizontal board wasn't long enough - again, we used mending plates on top to strengthen the seam. (I'm sure a real carpenter would have had a much more professional way to do this, though!). We did make sure that seam was placed above one of the window brackets so that the bracket supported both boards and only the very end of the seam is really noticeable.

We then cut the little brackets with a scroll saw using a pattern I cut out of cardboard first (I made a few and held them up in the room to see what shape I liked). The brackets on the ends are screwed directly into the side wall using drywall anchors and the ones near the windows are screwed down from the top, I think. We drilled holes through the window brackets before installing them and used a 3/4" dowel as the curtain rods. And finally, we chose some random measurement for how far apart to put the shaker pegs (something like 9.5", iirc) and measured to make sure we were centering and equally spacing them within each segment of vertical board. Then we just drilled the holes and glued them in with wood glue. Wherever our less-then-professional carpentry skills left us with gaps or uneven seams, we used caulk to hide it. And then we painted over whatever needed touching up.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2008 at 2:56PM
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I'm rereading my instructions and wanted to make it clear that we did a lot of test fitting as we were screwing the vertical boards onto the horizontal boards. Also, the mending plates at the corner are on the top of the shelf so you don't see them from the room. (They do make that part of the shelf a bit bumpy, but since we mainly use it for stuffed animals, it doesn't matter.)

    Bookmark   October 8, 2008 at 3:00PM
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Oh, and if you're going to use a dowel for the curtain rod, I'd recommend going with something bigger than 3/4" - we now have curtains on ours, not just valances, and they are sagging a bit in the middle. 7/8" or 1" would have been better, I think. Or perhaps a metal pipe instead of a dowel....

    Bookmark   October 8, 2008 at 3:03PM
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roygbiv, before you decide where to put your shelves, find out what the largest trophy will be. My dd had trophies in her bookshelf and I was glad they had adjustable shelves because some of those trophies are really tall. They wouldn't have fit in the foot above the window.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2008 at 5:09PM
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Ikplatow, what color of blue is the paint? I love it.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 7:03PM
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