West Elm Acrylic Shelf Knock Off

West Elm Inspired Shelves

It’s time for another installment of the West Elm Knock-off Series! Last time I showed you how to build a West Elm knock-off slab bench (which is an astounding $699) for a mere $15!! Today myself and these 4 amazing and talented gals are excited to share our latest West Elm knock-offs. Who say’s you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Here is what we’re all up to:

TINY SIDEKICK – WEST ELM INSPIRED NOTICE BOARD

PLACE OF MY TASTE – WEST ELM DIY DEEP PICTURE LEDGE

MAKING HOME BASE – WOOD AND PIPE ENTRYWAY STAND

HOUSE OF WOOD –WEST ELM INSPIRED RECLAIMED CUBBY SHELF

HMC – ACRYLIC SIDED SHELF KNOCK OFF >>You’re here now!<<

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My daughter wanted as much beautiful storage space as I could cram into her room, so using vertical space to store things seemed like a no-brainer. We loved the idea of the West Elm Acrylic Sided Shelf, it is sleek and modern, but makes for attractive storage. Neither me or my daughter relished the idea the spending $189 per shelf, so here is our under $20 knock off!

West Elm Inspired Acrylic Shelves

The original West Elm acrylic sided shelf has much thicker acrylic sides…which we could have done, but I’m keeping my costs down and this little knock-off cost me under $20 ($17.37 to be exact) . The thicker the acrylic the more expensive your project will be…just so you know. It will still cost significantly less than the original (by a LOT).

West Elm Knock-off shelves

Want to learn how? It is ridiculously easy to make…the most complicated part is attaching it to the wall! 😀 Here’s what you’ll need.

MATERIALS


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Materials

  • Laminate Shelves: small size of choice, 8 x 24″ or smaller recommended
  • Plastic/Acrylic Sheets: Cut to the depth of the laminate shelves. 8 x 10 recommended.
  • Round Slotted Brass Screws: #8 x 3/4″
  • Blind shelf supports (must be slim enough to hide behind shelf thickness)

 

LEARN THE STEPS


If you are wondering where to get your acrylic sheets, you can find them in the glass section of a Lowes or Home Depot. These small acrylic sheets cost $2 and change, and Home Depot cut them to size for me at no extra cost! I love when life is made simple…

Start by drilling holes in all 4 corners of the acrylic. It is like drilling through butter, so be sure you place it on a piece of scrap wood to drill through.

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Next lay the acrylic sheets where they will sit against the laminate shelf and mark through the drilled holes. Drill shallow pilot holes into the shelf where you have just marked.

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Now you can use your pretty round headed screws to hold the acrylic in place. Don’t screw tightly, you don’t want to cause stress lines or cracking in your acrylic.

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Use a long drill bit to create holes in the shelves for your blind shelf supports.

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Now install your blind shelf supports, and hang your shelves! If you plan to place heavier items on this shelf (such as a number of books), then use two blind shelf supports on the top shelf AND the bottom shelf. Otherwise just the top shelf will do.

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Not sure where to find blind shelf supports? There are a variety to choose from in different sizes around the web, just be sure you purchase some that the back end (that screws into the wall) will match the thickness of the laminate shelf you chose. You don’t want it to show…they are blind supports remember? Here are a few choices:



 

DIY BLIND SHELF SUPPORTS


OR do what I did and make your own version of blind shelf supports using long threaded rods. Anchor the rods into the shelf with heavy duty anchors, then slide your shelf onto the rods (it should be just a little snug, but still able to slide on with a minor amount of force). It is a much cheaper solution, but requires a bit more effort on your part. This solution works best when lightweight items will go on the shelf (supports up to 10 lbs).

DIY Lightweight Blind Shelf Support

I hope you like my little knock-off project! My daughter plans to fill the bottom shelf with her collection of “gem like treasures”, as she calls them.

Treasured gems

Acrylic Sided Shelves

Now be sure to go check out the other 4 amazing West Elm knock-offs in the series!

West Elm Organizing Knock Offs

TINY SIDEKICK – WEST ELM INSPIRED NOTICE BOARD

PLACE OF MY TASTE – WEST ELM DIY DEEP PICTURE LEDGE

MAKING HOME BASE – WOOD AND PIPE ENTRYWAY STAND

HOUSE OF WOOD –WEST ELM INSPIRED RECLAIMED CUBBY SHELF

HOME MADE BY CARMONA – ACRYLIC SIDED SHELF KNOCK OFF

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14 Comments on West Elm Acrylic Shelf Knock Off

  1. Terry Montague
    June 29, 2016 at 11:31 pm (1 year ago)

    I was worried about cracking the acrylic when I drilled the holes. Instead, I used my stencil burner to “melt” the holes. The tip of the burner made a smaller hole than I needed so I ran the tip of the burner around the edges of the hole to widen it just enough to accommodate the size of the screws. I waited for the melted acrylic to harden then picked off the excess – just a tiny ring acrylic – with my thumb nail. Made a perfect hole without cracking the acrylic sheet.

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  2. Tracy
    January 4, 2016 at 10:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Where did you get the shelves? Are they cut down to size as well?

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    • Ursula Carmona
      January 5, 2016 at 8:54 am (2 years ago)

      You can find finished laminate shelves at the same hardware store you get the plastic (a Lowes or Home Depot will have them). They are not cut to size, but they can be if you need to! :) Thanks for asking!

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  3. Chelsea
    August 2, 2015 at 8:29 pm (2 years ago)

    You’re such a rock star, Ursula! They look fantastic and $20!!! yes!

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    • Ursula Carmona
      July 29, 2015 at 7:43 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Katie! I appreciate it my friend!

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  4. Oh, I love this Ursula! Such a great knock off!!Pinned!Xo

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  5. JenWoodhouse.com
    July 28, 2015 at 8:48 am (2 years ago)

    Ohhhh… I LOVE this Ursula! It looks amazing in your daughter’s room!

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