Home DIY – Scaffold Board Shelving

How to make your own scaffold board shelving at home:

One of the questions I’m asked most is where we found our kitchen shelving, the answer is, we made them! We sourced the components and put them together ourselves.

As a result they are one of my favourite features in our home, they add a real focal point in the kitchen. The tones of the wood and rustic finish add warmth to the room, and I have somewhere to display all my favourite things. You can imagine the hours wasted faffing with these!

Here’s your ‘How ‘To:

Therefore I’ve put together a little ‘how to’ so that there is always somewhere to refer back to. Here are the full instructions and links to where we sourced everything. These shelves are really easy to make and take no time at all, so a real winner if you want a quick project!


Home DIY – Scaffold Board Shelving:

You will need:

Scaffold Boards –

We’ve used a few on various projects in our home. A few have been sourced from a local reclamation yard Authentic Reclamation which if you’re in or near the Stonegate, East Sussex area I would recommend a look. There’s lot’s of vintage wonders to be found. Otherwise we’ve also purchased from B&Q which may be the easier choice for most.

Brackets –

We looked around and found ours from an Ebay shop called Functional Gifts . They seemed to be reasonable in price and were delivered quickly.  They also come with wall fixings.

Wood Stain –

I used Briwax in Dark Oak for all of my scaffold board projects. It looks really dark when you first open the tin but don’t let this put you off. I apply it with a bush (I use an Annie Sloan wax brush for this) and then I buff it off with a clean cloth. It gives the wood a really rich colour. Alternatively you could use a clear or lighter shade dependant on your preference. The most well priced Briwax I have found is from Amazon

Once the scaffold boards are cut to size and waxed it’s time to assemble. All I will say for this part is measure twice drill once and the spirit level is your friend. No one wants a wonky shelf!


If you have any questions about this or any home DIY projects then drop me a line and I will do my best to help!

Thanks for reading!

Laura xx

One comment

  1. I love these, they look fantastic and I am looking to do the same.
    Did you put anything on the boards before waxing? I did a trial run and mine seem really really dark. Not sure if I just need to buff them more?! Any tips much appreciated

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