Crown Molding Shelves

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Crown molding is the pinnacle of a classy room. A properly installed crown molding can catch the attention of a very decor conscious person, and change their perception. A crown molding ledge takes that class and gives it a new medium. USe the ledge to display photos or trophies, and the crown molding will do most of the showcasing work for you.

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Thick Victorian Crown Molding Floating Shelf
3 Piece Floating Shelf Set
3 Piece Floating Shelf Set
3 Piece Floating Shelf Set
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3 Piece Floating Shelf Set
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Thick Victorian Crown Molding Floating Shelf

Ballucci

The most classic and well-known type of crown molding floating shelf is the tall, thick Victorian type. Smooth siding paired with sharp concave edging creates an even balance that softly stands out.

Tall Victorian crown molding shelves can be bought individually, in pairs, or larger sets. For a monochromatic finish, combine white crown molding shelves with black and white photos. Add a small splash of one color for the color to pop. 

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Extra long Arched Molding Shelf Mantel With Geometric Shaping

Extra long Arched Molding Shelf Mantel With Geometric Shaping

Originally built to outline fireplaces is the extra-long molding shelf. These types can look fantastic on your regular living room walls above a sofa. You are not required to own a fireplace to use these types of shelves, though placing this type on top of a fireplace is stunning.

The boxier geometric shaping of these shelves settles nicely into traditional and modern décor. Add glass-contained candles for a glamorous and glitzy extravagance, or two identical decorative bowls for picture-perfect symmetry.

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Ledge Molding With Reaching Cyma Reversa Shaping
Maffei Floating Shelf
Maffei Floating Shelf
Maffei Floating Shelf
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Maffei Floating Shelf
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Maffei Floating Shelf
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Ledge Molding With Reaching Cyma Reversa Shaping

Alcott Hill®

The thinner type of ledge molding is one with a reaching cyma reversa profile. Thin ledge shelving combined with a soft wavy, stretching outward shape, accentuates the length of a room.

Place these thin molding ledge types on shorter walls to give them more length. They look beautiful in living rooms, laundry rooms, hallways, and offices.

$61.99

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Metal and Wood Farmhouse Crown Molding Shelves
Anzio Accent Shelf
Anzio Accent Shelf
Anzio Accent Shelf
Anzio Accent Shelf
Anzio Accent Shelf

Metal and Wood Farmhouse Crown Molding Shelves

Bungalow Rose

One of the most unique types of crown molding shelves are ones mixed with other materials besides just wood. Classic crown molding with metal and wood mixtures lend a hand in farmhouse décor.

Add a mixed material crown molding shelf to a kitchen, entryway, or living room. If your shelf is thick enough, you can place a glass mason jar on it and fill it with your favorite aromatic flowers. 

$65.99

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Fancy Multi patterned Shelf Moulding With Egg and Dart Style

Fancy Multi patterned Shelf Moulding With Egg and Dart Style

Design Toscano

These types would classify as your grandeur crown molding shelves. They are sculpted using multiple types of patterns within one thick and largely built shelf.

Their heavy appearance makes them the perfect match for the Mediterranean décor style. Pair these multi-patterned shelf mouldings with a high wingback tufted leather chair for a classic exuberance. 

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Bumpy Crown Molding Shelf With Key Hooks

Bumpy Crown Molding Shelf With Key Hooks

A bumpy crown molding shelf gives a wall a playful and cheery attitude. These key hook molding shelves couple perfectly in entrances, kitchens, and craft rooms. Select one with an attached corkboard or chalkboard for your kid’s room.

If you are not looking for all the bells and whistles that come with bumpy bubbly crown molding, then you can pick one with the shelf alone. This type of molding shelf is narrower, so they are more ideal for smaller or thinner decorative items.

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Dentil patterned Shelf Molding Mantel
Mandelyn Fireplace Shelf Mantel

Dentil patterned Shelf Molding Mantel

World Menagerie

Shelf molding with dentil patterns has a more masculine sense to them. The small rectangular dentil-patterned pieces are either situated upright, to emphasize the height of the shelf, or horizontally, for a braided wrap-around image.

Let the dentil pattern speak for itself with the lack of décor pieces. You can also use this type as an elegant display shelf around the top of a room. 

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Flat Ornate patterned Ledge Molding
Sellner Ornate Wooden Wall Shelf
Sellner Ornate Wooden Wall Shelf
Sellner Ornate Wooden Wall Shelf
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Sellner Ornate Wooden Wall Shelf
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Flat Ornate patterned Ledge Molding

One Allium Way®

These flat ornate-patterned ledge molding shelves are subtle in molding. Most of their energy is placed in their accented siding which prevents your shelf from looking too classic.

This type of crown molding shelf is perfect for someone who finds pleasure in the classics but also doesn’t want to go overboard. Vintage, antique, or farmhouse décor styles pair magnificently with this type of subtle shelf. 

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Beaded Crown Molding Floating Shelf With Corbels
Clinger Rectangular Pine Solid Wood Floating Shelf
Clinger Rectangular Pine Solid Wood Floating Shelf

Beaded Crown Molding Floating Shelf With Corbels

Red Barrel Studio®

Beading on any furniture is elegant, especially when it is arranged on a crown molding floating shelf. Hang your beaded crown molding shelves on full display in your formal, office, bedroom, or living room.

For soft elegance, find beaded arrangements that blend into the finish of the shelf. Shiny silver or gold beading on a white or black finished shelf will fine-tune focus on the design elements of the shelf itself. 

$78.49

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Mirror and Shelf Molding With Concave Scotia Shaping

Mirror and Shelf Molding With Concave Scotia Shaping

This type of shelf molding does a great job at using negative space for its design style. Shelf molding techniques that jut inward and then back outward capture your attention immediately.

You can purchase concave crown molding shelves by themselves or paired with a lovely mirror to set in your entryway or bathroom. Their versatile design lets you place any décor piece on top without stealing the shelfs’ spotlight.

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Buying Guide

To make a crown molding ledge for pictures, you need to measure, cut, assemble, and hang your new shelf ledge; you are building narrow boxes to create the ledge.

This is a DIY project which requires attention to detail. Determine what size ledge you want, then gather your crown molding pieces. These can be unfinished solid wood crown molding to leave as is or paint later or choose already painted versions.

Next, you need to make precise cuts, creating the shelf top, box front, box sides, box bottom, and wall cleat. For a 36” shelf, build a base with slightly smaller measurements. Assemble these base pieces with pocket holes and wood glue. Allow glue to dry.

To complete the assembly, line up the top shelf and attach with more glue, then cap the bottom of your box the same way. For hanging, drill holes in the back edges of the shelf, approximately ½” from each edge. Depending on how much weight you plan to place on your ledge, design the best size wall cleat and screw it to a wall stud. Then, place your shelf on top of it and secure it in place.

To install floating crown molding, use a hidden strip of wood to screw the bottom of the crown molding into, securing it to the wall and making it appear as if it is floating.

Purchase already cut crown molding to your size specifications or cut your own. Measure the location you wish to install the crown molding and mark it with a pencil. Next, locate a small piece of wood approximately ¾” thick and 1¼”  high. It will need to fit in the void space caused by the angle of the crown molding.

Once level, screw the wood piece into the wall. These screws need to go at least 1” deep into the wall studs for maximum security. If the piece of crown molding is 6” deep, a ¾” thick wood strip should offer enough support. For a ledge that is deeper than 6”, use more substantial wall cleats to hold the crown molding in place.

Next, add your crown molding on top of the secured wood strip. This method can be used for simple crown molding or to make a floating crown molding ledge.

When it comes to determining the height of a crown molding ledge, there are a few rules. If your ceilings are a standard 8-feet high, the height of your crown ledge should be two and a half to six inches. If your ceilings are nine feet high, your crown ledge should sit at three to seven and a half inches tall, and for ten-foot-high ceilings, keep your crown ledge at three and a half to eight inches high.

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A crown molding ledge creates a simple, yet elegant addition to your corridor. It constitutes a great way to display your collections of photos or documents. Fits well into both modern and traditional interior.

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A great DIY project, allowing to store all pictures and smaller knick-knacks in one place. Gallery wall shelves, made of crown molding, painted in white and attached to the wall, are a versatile decoration, which will fit into almost every kind of interior.

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Aesthetic contemporary wall ledges for displaying frames with pictures or photos. A simple ledge is made of white-painted wooden materials and has an L-shaped side profile. It can be adorned with a more decorative crown ledge fixed at the bottom.

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A very interesting type of product that provides additional storage and display space in the room. This is a wall mounted shelve made of poplar wood with a stained or painted finish. It is solid and provides a display space for different decorations.

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Apart from providing a smooth, classic appeal to the space, this crown moulding has also a practical function, as it can be used smoothly as a bookshelf. Its white finish fits well into the surrounding decor.

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Shelves basically consist of a 2×4 on the wall, 1/2″ MDF for the top and bottoms of the shelves, crown molding and then the decorative corbels. They are about 9ft long a piece.

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Bringing in some smooth touch of classic elegance, the crown molding ledge beautifully encompasses this large bathroom mirror. Finished in timeless white, it adds brightness to the space, being a counterweight to the beiges and browns.

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Shelf like this could house the Mr's collections without using floor space

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