DIY Display Shelves

If you just read our previous post, we had mentioned we've been following San Antonio-based artist, Rikkianne Van Kirk for quite some time here on Poppytalk and recently caught up with her on instagram where we noticed a whirlwind of creative activity. For her Artist in Residence at
at Richter Goods (see previous post), Rikkianne needed some display shelves to show her work. We loved how they turned out and asked Rikkianne if she could share how they made them for the blog. These shelves would work great for a display to take to craft shows, in-store, or for the home.

Rikkianne explains.
"I needed displays that would be easy to transport inside and out of the shop, all the while keeping with the common aesthetic. I found inspiration online and emailed a pic to Howard. I’m so thrilled with not only the finished result, but also the ability share Howard's DIY of these displays. They are a simple design and easy to carry, making them perfect for my needs and I'm sure for a lot of others out there who might want something a little different."

DIY Display Shelves

Howard explains:  " These instructions are for 2 racks approximately 5 to 6 feet tall and 9 inches wide. The dimensions, of course, would change dependent on the size of the art that you are displaying.

Go to your local home supply and purchase 4-1x4x8 white pine boards.

Cut the length of 4 of the boards to your desired heights. Since Rikki was not intending to display any art larger than 8x10, I decided to make the vertical spacing between the slots that support the art 12 inches. Likewise, the total width of the uprights was 9 inches. In this case, the overall height allows for 5 art prints.

I used the pieces of wood that I cut off from the lengths of the uprights to construct the picture supports/slots . I decided that 1 inch opening in the slot to support the pictures was sufficient.

Cut 10 pieces 1 inch wide by 9 inches long. Use the remainder to create the "L" by attaching the 1 inch pieces to another piece to create the front of each slot (either 1 and 3/4in or 2 inches high, to your liking.

Then, making sure to keep everything square and plumb, put together with finishing nails and wood glue. The bottom slot should start approximately 3-4 inches from the floor.

There you have it. Finish to your liking, or not at all. Sand as necessary to prevent splinters.

Thank you Rikkianne and Howard! Be sure to check out Rikkianne's work online at and on Instagram at @rikkiannevk.

Jan Halvarson

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