My space was 20.5", I bought 1x4x8 boards and cut them to 19" sections--this gave me 4 pieces per 8 foot of board purchased. I also bought 1x6x8 boards for the shelf part of the shelves. My storage jars are 5 inches deep, so the 4 inches that Ana recommended just wouldn't work. Quite okay, it's an easy adjustment.
I needed deeper shelves to fit my jars. I used 1x4's for the front and back of the shelves and 1x6's for the top and bottom of the shelves.
I chose not to use key holes to hang my shelves, due to the location of the studs in the wall. Instead I screwed directly through the back of the shelf into the corner stud on the left side and into a located stud on the right side.
I also trimmed 1/2" off of the front of the shelves. This make sit easier to lift my jars off of the shelves.
|This is the Ebony stain. It goes on JET black-scared me at first!|
|But once wiped off, they looked like weathered barn wood. Perfect!|
|Make sure to leave the knots and other rough spots on the front of the shelf. They really add character.|