I had been trying to come up with something for the wall behind our couch but working around our thermostat was tough! I had an idea to build a picture ledge and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. It was SO easy to build.

Materials Needed:

Step 1: Cut down the boards

The wood will come like this when you buy it from home depot. You can then cut it down to any length you want for your shelf. Ours is 65 inches for reference. Make sure you examine the boards when you pick them out at the store to make sure they don’t have knicks, bowing or notches taken out of them. You’d be surprised how many bad boards there are.

Step 2: Stain the boards before assembling the ledge

You can stain it after you assemble if you’d like but it will be harder to get in the cracks. I recommend painting or staining the boards completely before.

Step 3: Attach the 1×2 to the 1×3 using the nails

Lay your 1×3 on the ground (this is the bottom of your picture ledge where your pictures will sit. Attach the 1×2 to the board using the nails. Be sure to check that the bottom of the boards line up so its level.

Step 4: Attach the 1×4

Once you have attached the 1×2 (the front ledge) you can flip it over and use wood screws to attach the 1×4. I recommend drilling small pilot holes so that you don’t risk splitting the wood.

Step 5: Hang on the wall

Locate the studs on the wall and screw directly through the 1×4 to attach your ledge!

Unsure about what sizes to use for the frames? See the example below!

Tips for choosing frames:

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