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Torsion Box Floating Shelves into Side of Kitchen Cabinets?9/22
I want to update a kitchen cookbook shelf for a client. You can see in the picture I've attached that they are currently supported by horribly ugly trapezoidal supports. I was thinking of doing a torsion box floating shelf, but am wondering if screwing it directly into the 3/4" plywood cabinet side will provide enough support for a full shelf of cookbooks? Shelves will be 32"W x 12"D. I know L support brackets would be the easiest, but not really sure if those are a desirable thing for her. I wanted to know if a floating shelf is an option before I take my ideas to her. Thanks!
The space looks chopped up , maybe put an open bookcase on the back wall instead .
If your client insists on the same wall they are shown on then at least put a back and 1 end that the shelves can be fastened to .
Jesus that thing looks terrible!
I also would suggest to do an open book shelves on the wall
Yes, it WAS fugly! (This is one of the pre-demo pictures.) That's why she's hired me to re-design and renovate it!! I'll make sure to post pictures of the finished product to put your minds at ease. Thanks for all of the suggestions. If anyone else has any, I'm still accepting them. :)
torsion box shelf can work here ,I would put bolts in the shelf as i built it and then nut and washer from inside the oven cabinet with a drop of "lock tite" from the car parts store to keep the nut from moving. One drop in the threads and its done.
Why does every one keep saying torsion box? If the span is short (which it looks) then you can go with solid wood which =much less labor.
Melanie, use 10" L-brackets. One leg would be screwed to the inside of the cabinet and the other protruding through a slot cut in the side. Fabricate your shelves from doubled up plywood (minimum 1/2") with 1 pc having a dado the width and thickness of the the L bracket leg. You can then slide the shelves onto the protruding portion of the bracket and fasten with screws from inside the cabinet.
2" thick torsion boxes w/ 1/4" skins should work fine. Attach by screwing through the cabinet side, deeply into hardwood core of the torsion box. Mention a couple times it's only for cookbooks, not for lead weights.
Screws go into the TOP of the blocking, preferably angled slightly down into it.
You gain considerable strength from a little more depth.
I would think about dropping some cables from the soffit to support the shelving if the kitchen has any contemporary design features. If it's traditional, why not add a raised panel end to support the shelving on the back wall?
I've done Bruce G's suggestion (10" brackets, dado plywood sandwich) quick easy and strong
All bolting options good also but torsion box much morework.