Make wall-mounted box shelves




Making box shelves for mounting onto a wall to create a display, or for storage, is easy DIY once you know how. You can make up different sized box shelves to create a feature wall.


You can make box shelves that are square or rectangular, or you can create a custom display using different shapes. You have the option to paint your boxes in any colour, using a paintbrush, foam roller or Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint.



Wall mounted box shelves take up little space and provide lots of storage, especially in a small room.






Your choice of timber of board to cut length*
Keyhole hangers and screws
No More Nails adhesive
Choice of paint to finish
Drill / Driver + assorted bits
Orbital sander +180-grit sandpaper
Tape measure and pencil

The ideal width for box shelves is approximately 150mm, any wider than this and you will need more support. The boxes shown here are purely for decoration.

Find all the materials and supplies for this project at Builders Warehouse.




1. Start off by gluing the bottom and top sections onto the sides.

2. No More Nails adhesive is quick-drying and should take about 30-minutes before you can continue to work. Wipe away any excess adhesive that oozes out before it has chance to dry.

3. The boxes are mounted onto the wall with keyhole brackets. Place the brackets on the back edge of your boxes and use a pencil to mark the location of the keyhole. You can place the brackets on the long or short sides, depending on how you want to mount the shelves onto the wall.


4. Use a 10mm wood bit to drill out a hole to a depth of 5mm. A strip of masking tape wrapped around the drill bit will ensure that you drill to the correct depth.


5. You need to drill two holes close together to make a hole large enough. Clean out any bits using a wood chisel or craft knife.


6. Before you attach the keyhole bracket to the back of the box, sand the cut edges with 180-grit sandpaper and paint the box in your choice of paint and colour. We used Rust-Oleum 2X satin canyon black for our box shelves. 


7. To mount onto a wall you will also need nylon wall plugs and screws. When using Fischer wall plugs, the size of bit and screw to use are displayed on the wall plug itself.



The screw needs to be longer than the wall plug to allow for the screw head to protrude from the wall and the keyhole bracket on the back of the box shelf to be hung on this.


The drilled hole should also be 5mm longer than the length of the nylon wall plug used.



A trip to your local hardware store and you may find a new type of keyhole bracket on the shelf. For this keyhole bracket you don’t need to drill a hole in the back, as the bracket is raised and allows for easy slipping over the screw head in the wall.



Janice Anderssen

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