Make a Floating Shelf Using Old Belts

Dan Faires shows how to make a rustic, chic floating bookshelf using old belts.

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Dan uses old belts from his closet as supports for a floating bookshelf.
Floating Shelves with Old Belts

Floating Shelves Made From Old Belts

Make a floating shelf using old belts, wood boards and screws.

From: Danmade

Materials and Tools:

  • 2x6 wood board, cut down to two 36" pieces
  • table saw
  • power drill and screws
  • carpenter's square
  • tape measure
  • goggles
  • hand sander with 220-grit paper
  • dark walnut wood stain
  • polyurethane
  • paintbrush
  • level
  • leather belts with matching hardware


Measure and cut two 36" pieces from a 2x6 wood board using a tape measure and table saw.

Sand wood pieces using a hand sander with 220-grit paper, and apply a generous coat of dark walnut stain. Wipe access stain with a clean rag to enhance wood grain. Allow to dry.

Add a coat of polyurethane, and allow to dry.

Make Your Floating Shelf Shine with Polyurethane

Apply Polyurethane to Your Floating Shelf

After staining wood, apply a coat of polyurethane to finish your floating shelf.

From: Danmade

Source belts with similar hardware. Locate a wall to hang belts, and measure and mark the wall at the appropriate width.

Measure and Mark Your Wall

Measure for Shelves and Mark the Wall

Measure the appropriate length and width for your floating shelves and mark the wall.

From: Danmade

Drill holes at the marks, and add anchors.

Attach the top of the belt to the wall with a screw. Loop the belt through its buckle and tighten.

Use Screws to Attach Belt to Wall

Attach Belt to Wall with Screws

Use a drill to secure the belts to the wall with screws to provide the support for your floating shelves.

From: Danmade

Slide in the wood board, and tighten the belts until everything is level. Secure belts to wood with screws along the bottom of the board. Decorate and accessorize.

Level Your Shelf Using the Belts

Use the Belts to Level the Shelf

Slide the wood into the belts and tighten the belts until the shelves are level.

From: Danmade

Floating Shelves with Old Belts

Floating Shelves Made From Old Belts

Make a floating shelf using old belts, wood boards and screws.

From: Danmade

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