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Wooden triangle shelves in a bedroom, one hanging from a rope

Overview

You can never have enough shelf space, especially in a kid’s bedroom. This wooden triangle shelf looks fantastic and is a great way to display their favourite toys. It’s really easy to make so you can hang a few more up around the house and display some of your own favourite things.

Steps

1Cut the timber for the triangle

The first thing to do is cut the timber for the three sides of the triangle. Set the mitre saw at a 30-degree angle. Put on your safety equipment and make your first 30-degree cut.
A person cutting timber using a drop saw

2Measure the length

Then measure from the tip of the mitre and cut the length you want the side of the triangle to be. It can be any length you like, ours was 250mm. Mark this and use the square to mark the line around the timber.
A person marking a piece of timber with a pencil and measuring tape

3Cut the first side

Flip the timber over so you can make a mirror image cut of the first cut you made at the other end. Repeat steps 1–3 to cut the other two sides of the triangle.
Close-up of cutting timber with a drop saw

4Assemble the triangle

Lay the three pieces of timber out on a table and put them together to make sure they fit together.
A person fitting three pieces of timber together to form a triangle

5Glue the frame together

Apply a bead of PVA wood glue to the ends to join the triangle. Wipe off any excess glue.
A person applying glue to the end of a piece of timber

6Nail the frame together

Make sure all of the edges are flush and square. Use the nail gun to insert two nails into each corner. Then wipe off any excess glue.
A person attaching three pieces of timber to form a triangle using a nail gun

7Finish off the shelf

Putty up the nail holes and leave it to dry. Then lightly sand the shelf. You can paint or stain the shelf to suit your décor.
Wooden triangle shelves in a bedroom, one hanging from a rope

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.