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Leaning Bathroom Ladder Shelf
Leaning Bathroom Ladder Shelf
Leaning Bathroom Ladder Shelf
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Leaning Bathroom Ladder Shelf

This beautiful wood leaning ladder shelf designed to fit over the toilet is perfect for adding storage without having to drill holes in the wall. It’s easy to make with off the shelf lumber and just a few basic power tools. Add that farmhouse look to your bath in just a couple of hours.

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Step 1: Cutting and Layout
Cut wood according to cut list. Layout the shelves first, each shelf will have a back and two sides, matching the width of the shelf.

Cut List:
2 – 2x3 @ 72” (can also use 1x3 or 2x4 if 2x3s cannot be sourced) – both ends cut at 10 degrees off square, long point to short point, ends are parallel
1 – 1x10 @ 24”
1 – 1x8 @ 24”
1 – 1x6 @ 24”
3 – 1x3 @ 24”
2 – 1x3 @ 10”
2 – 1x3 @ 8”
2 – 1x3 @ 6-1/4”


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Step 2: Shelf Assembly
Glue and nail back to shelves with 1-1/4” brad nails using 18 gauge AirStrike brad nailer. Then attach sides to both bottom and back.


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Step 3: Additional Shelves

Repeat for remaining two shelves.

TIP: Round outside top corners off shelf sides to prevent sharp edges.


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Step 4: Top Ends of Legs

Use a square to mark back top edges of legs perpendicular to top 10 degree cut, so 6” is cut off at back side. Cut with circular saw


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Step 5: Sanding

Sand legs and all shelves with sander, using medium grit sandpaper.


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Step 6: Assembly

Mark legs 37” up on inside from bottom, on both front and back. Lean legs against level wall, ensuring legs are placed evenly out from wall. Clamp scrap wood under marks on insides.


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Step 7: Shelves

Set largest shelf on top of the clamped blocks. Adjust as necessary, making sure the shelves are evenly placed on legs.
Attach shelf to legs with 1-1/4” wood screws.

Cut two scrap wood blocks 10” long. Place on bottom shelf. Set next shelf on top. Screw to legs. Repeat for all three shelves.


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Step 8: Finishing

Stain or paint shelf as desired.


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msutherland29
msutherland29

Would love an explanation on the leg cuts:

"2 – 2x3 @ 72” (can also use 1x3 or 2x4 if 2x3s cannot be sourced) – both ends cut at 10 degrees off square, long point to short point, ends are parallel"

and then Step 4: Top Ends of Legs Use a square to mark back top edges of legs perpendicular to top 10 degree cut, so 6” is cut off at back side. Cut with circular saw

Completely baffled by these cuts.

Thanks
Mike

Ana White
Ana White

Hi Mike, sorry for the confusion. First, set your miter saw to 10 degrees off square. Then cut the 2x3s so both ends are cut at 10 degrees off square, the ends are parallel, and the length is 72" from the long point to short point, following one edge of the 2x3.

Then use a speed square to mark the back where the shelf will sit against the wall square to the top as done in step 1 of this plan http://www.ana-white.com/2015/08/free_plans/leaning-ladder-wall-bookshelf Hope this makes sense.

Jpurdie
Jpurdie

2 questions.....
1. Why is that last cut 6 1/4" when all the rest are to the inch

2. Are the feet cut on an angle to sit flush on the floor?

Ana White
Ana White

Hi, sorry for any confusion. The 6-1/4" comes from 5-1/2" wide 1x6 plus 3/4" to equal 6-1/4" The other cuts are even numbers because the board widths for 1x10 and 1x8 are 9-1/4" and 7-1/4" wide.

Yes the bottom legs are cut at an angle to sit flat on floor.

sgcolligon
sgcolligon

If I don't have brad nailer, will I be able to do this with a good old hammer and nails?

MED
MED

I have a narrow space behind my toilet. This would work perfect, but I need to adjust it to fit 21inches wide total. Could you help me figure this out. Thanks :)

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Project Information

Difficulty: Easy

Materials Used:

  • 2 – 2x3 @ 8 feet or stud length (can also use 1x3 or 2x4 if 2x3s cannot be sourced)

  • 1 – 1x10 @ 24”

  • 1 – 1x8 @ 24”

  • 1 – 1x6 @ 24”

  • 2 – 1x3 @ 6 feet

  • 1-1/4” brad nails

  • 1-1/4” wood screws

  • Tape Measure

  • Square

  • Pencil

  • Eye + Ear Protection

  • Clamps


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