• Stephanie Hilton Design


Are you swooning over trendy geometric shelves like the rest of the world these days? Me too. Don't like the price tag? Me either. Here's a step by step tutorial to make your very own hexagon shelf for just a couple bucks (if you have the right tools. This is to make an 18" wide a 8" deep shelf. You can adjust your lumber as desired for different depths and widths.


  • 1" x 4" (or 6", 8", depending on depth desired) pine common boards

  • paint or stain of your choice

  • wood filler

  • wood glue

  • 220 grit sandpaper

  • palm sander (or by hand if you don't have one)

  • sawtooth hanger

  • Brad nails and nail gun/compressor (or if you don't have a nail gun, you could use just glue and clamps, but clamping a hexagon is challenging)

  • mitre saw

Set your saw to a 30 degree angle.

Make your first cut at the end of your board, so you have a 30 degree bevel. Measure 9" from long point to long point.

Always use your first cut piece as your template. Place it on the board and use a pencil to mark your next cut. Do not measure each cut as you will eventually be out on one or most of your cuts. They need to be precise! Cut 6 pieces.

Lightly sand with 220 grit sandpaper, by hand or using a palm sander. I made myself a jig, which is essentially a template or form to hold your pieces together as you assemble your shelf. Super handy if you plan on making more than one shelf.

Assemble two pieces together by applying a thin strip of wood glue, and spreading out evenly with your finger to avoid drips.

Use your nail gun while using the jig to hold your pieces firmly in place, nail on an angle to avoid shooting through the adjoinng piece or int the jig (I do this often, that's what snips are for, invest in a pair, they will save your life for $10).

Let the 3 pieces dry before assembling the pieces together. One by one, follow the same steps as above, being careful not to pull your joints apart in the process (this is where the wood filler come sin handy). You should have now what resembles a hexagon. Measure for your centre shelf if you choose to have one, glue and nail. Let dry.

For this shelf I chose to paint it white. If painting, you can use wood filler to fill in the seams and sand it. Wood filler does not stain nicely, so I don't suggest filling unless you are painting your shelf.

Find the centre of the top piece, and Install a saw-tooth hanger for wall mounting,

Hexagon shelves are super versatile, use them to display your favourite collectables, essential oils, jewellry, books... Enjoy!

Stephanie Hilton Design is a boutique full service Vancouver Interior Design firm servicing the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley.

Our studio is located in North Vancouver, BC. And a second location in Chilliwack, BC.

Stephanie specialises in Residential Interior Design and is a decorating expert.

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