As I've mentioned on social media and in our recent "What's Happening" post, we just finished furnishing a house that is being rented out as an Airbnb. A full house reveal is coming soon, but first I am sharing one of the easiest ways that we saved money in furnishing this house. Our goals for the space were to create a warm, inviting, and beautiful space while keeping things within a tight budget. One of the places we saved was by using floating shelves in lieu of traditional nightstands. They only cost $10/piece, and they make a great, modern statement in a room! You don't have to sacrifice style to save a few bucks.
All you need is:
- 12in wide board (cut to length)
- Paint or stain
- Basic shelf bracket
- Shelf bracket hardware
For a bit of a more finished look, you can purchase unfinished stair treads in place of a normal pine board which has a rounded edge rather than a sharp flat edge of a normal board (link here). We were able to make 2 shelves with each $10 board.
Next, we just used basic shelf brackets which cost less than $2 a piece. Be sure to purchase the hardware that's designed to go with the brackets (and probably hanging right next to them in the hardware store). For the stained shelves, we went with gray brackets. For the white shelf, we kept it cohesive with white brackets.
Finally, decide if you want to go with a stained or a painted look. We stained for the guest room and painted for the bedroom. Different stain and color options can create so many different looks depending on your space!
Hang them like shelves on level with the mattress for a quick and simple nightstand alternative that takes up less visual space, is clean and simple, and won't break the bank!
And finally, here's a sneak preview of the two rooms! Be on the lookout for a full house reveal soon. How amazing are those coffered ceilings!?