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How to Make a Playful Wavy Shelf That Will Make Any Wall Pop

Transform Any Old Shelf With This Wavy Trend

Statement pieces of home decor, like this wavy shelf, are a fun way to embrace the latest design trends. Lately, we’ve been loving curved furniture and accents, and this playful wall shelf will make any wall pop. This DIY tutorial will show you how you can make a trendy wavy shelf in just a few steps.


Tools and supplies on a white table.

Materials Required:

  • One 3/4 by 24 by 24 inch plywood plank
  • 120 grit sandpaper
  • Brad nails
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Wood glue
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses
  • Level
  • Square
  • Clamps

Tools Required:

  • Jigsaw
  • Wood trim router
  • Brad nailer


Person making a DIY wavy shelf

Step One: Measure 

With a 24 by 24-inch plywood board, use a pencil to freehand a wavy shape as the base, and make a square to use as the shelf.

The approximate woodcuts are:

  • Wavy base: 24 inches by 10 inches
  • Shelf: 24 inches by 4 inches

Person using tools to make a DIY wavy shelf

Step Two: Cut

In this step, you will cut both wood pieces with a jigsaw (or any saw you have handy at home). Secure the wood plank with clamps on a working table, put on your protective eyewear and start cutting each piece.

Related: How to Use Cane to Turn an Old Shelf Into a Sweet Design Piece

A close up of person making a shelf.

Step Three: Add a Decorative Finish

If rounded corners are your style, you can achieve this look easily with a wood router. Place a 1/4 inch roundover bit and trim the edges on both sides.

Related: A Super-Easy, Super-Customizable DIY Desk Organizer

A person sanding a wavy shelf

Step Four: Sand 

As soon as all the edges are trimmed, grab a sanding block and smooth out the work you just did, making sure the dust is removed with a clean cloth at the end.

Close-ups of a person making a wavy DIY shelf

Step Five: Assemble

You can attach the shelf to the wavy base by adding a coat of wood glue and using a brad nailer. Ensure the shelf is centred and levelled with a level. Tip: If you don’t have a brad nailer, you can also use a hammer and nails.

Related: DIY Live Edge Shelves for a Chic Corner Makeover

A person painting a wavy wooden shelf pink

Step Six: Paint Your Wavy


Lastly, customize this wavy shelf with paint. Brush the first coat, let it dry to touch and apply a second coat. Can you believe you just made this trendy wavy shelf?

Related: Exercising From Home? This Clever DIY Gym Shelf is Here to Keep You Organized!

A wavy pink shelf with pieces of decor

We can’t wait to see your wavy shelf masterpiece!

Pieces of white decor on a wavy shelf

Photos courtesy of Maca Atencio

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