How to Make DIY Skinny Wood Picture Ledges

August 17, 2020

Easy thin wood picture ledge DIY.

I've blogged about these easy wood ledges/shelves before, but they are SO easy to build and so versatile, I thought it would be worthwhile sharing them again. I added them to yet another area in our home last week! 

You can buy these picture ledges online of course -- but they are usually shorter than what I've wanted. And you'll pay way less for these if you make them. 

They're a perfect beginning DIY project because the wood can either be cut down at the store, or you can cut it yourself with just a miter box and saw

I made some for our family room first -- they are the perfect spot to layer framed photos: 
DIY Pottery Barn wood picture ledges

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Then I made one for our master bathroom -- it's great storage spot for bath necessities or just pretty stuff: 
wood spa ledge by tub

DIY spa ledge in bathroom

I went LONG for my next version. These are super long, eight foot ledges I made for our basement: 

Big wall with toy and game storage

You can see more about that wall of toy and game storage here. The size of these wood ledges is perfect for art or small decorative items. Our son's Funko Pops fit perfectly. :)

He has been into Legos since he was four years old, so you can imagine the collection we have! He had a lot of his little Lego figurines (called Brickheads) along theses shelves as well, but it was getting cluttered. 

So I whipped up a few more shorter ledges to hold all of those and free up the game area a bit. It took maybe an hour, start to finish. You just need three pieces of wood and the sizes can be changed based on your needs. 
small wood ledges for small kid stuff

Just for comparison -- I found these ledges online and 36 inches (the size above) is $89 EACH. 😳 I used basic, cheaper pine for these (usually I use select pine) and I spent $20 for all three (plus I have some leftover wood). 

I'm not mad at ya if you want to buy them, I get it! Sometimes I'd rather buy than build. But this just goes to show how much you can save doing them yourself. 

If you missed the link above, you can see how to build these easy ledges here. I used a nail gun and screws, but you could use glue if you don't have a nail gun. The back part needs to be the most secure (and the front is just to keep items from sliding off). 

You can paint or stain them easily, but I usually stain just because it's faster. But they would be beautiful in bright white on a dark wall! A fun pop of color in a kid's space...the possibilities are endless! 

Use them for frames and art, or if you have wall space in a kitchen you could line up your favorite cookbooks and trinkets. I just love them because they are so easy to throw together, but look SO good for such a small price: 
photo ledge wall under stairs

Have you added these simple ledges anywhere in your home? I think you'll love them! 

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  1. You inspired me to build my own a few years ago and we made two for trophies in my son's room. We just did a room refresh this summer for my almost 13 year old and he still loves them, we just put them end to end to make a longer shelf for his home run baseballs and he's a happy camper! I have always loved your style and you give me confidence to do projects like these to make our home a beautiful place!


  3. I made one of these for my front hallway a couple of weeks ago! I love it. Thanks so much for sharing the plans.


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