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DIY Industrial Shelves (IKEA Hack) - Mince Republic

DIY Industrial Shelves (IKEA Hack)


A Do It Yourself guide to making Industrial Shelves. (Ikea Ekby Valter Hack)


  • (2) 8in x 23in pieces of wood (I used scrap wood from a home improvement store)
  • (4) 7 1/8 Ikea Ekby Valter Brackets (Black)
  • Screws + Wall Anchors
  • Wood Stain of choice (I used Dark Walnut)
  • Wood conditioner (optional)
  • Paintbrush / foam brush
  • Fine Grit Sand Paper (220)


  1. Sand wood making sure to sand all edges well. The smoother, the better.
  2. Once finished, wipe the shelf with a damp rag to get off the grit.
  3. Stain the shelves using wood stain of choice. You may need to do multiple coats. I did a few until I got the effect that I wanted.
  4. Let dry well.
  5. If you want, you can put a finish on top of the stain. I didn’t because I’m kind of lazy and just didn’t feel like it but that’s totally up to you.
  6. Once the stain has dried and the boards are ready to go, drill your brackets into the wall. This is pretty simple. If you aren’t in a stud, use a wall anchor. Then it’s just about measuring correctly and drilling into the wall.
  7. Once the brackets are in the wall, it’s time to attach the shelf. Make sure you put the board on the brackets and use a leveler to ensure that they are level.
  8. You can make pilot holes using a small drill bit but we didn’t find this necessary. We just drilled right into the boards.
  9. That’s it, you’ve got shelves!
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