Trimming shelves to fit into a corner or niche
Shelves that will fit into a niche we build with open ends so these can attach to the walls on left and right with a wood cleat that attaches to the side walls. For shelves over 30″ the steel bracket supplements the support in the middle span. On shelves 30″ or less the steel bracket typically isn’t necessary so it’s a wood cleat on the back edge as well. In most cases the shelves must be scribe cut to fit nicely. in the case of a niche it is impossible to hold up the shelf to draw a scribe line so my preferred method is to make a template. Every situation is different but 1/4″ oversize is nearly always perfect to allow for a good scribe cut. The term we use to specify shelves made in this way is “Loose cleat 2 ends” There is no upcharge for this customization.
Shelves that will fit into a corner in nearly all cases need to be scribe cut to fit nicely as well as in this situation there is usually not a stud available to attach the steel bracket right at the end so it helps to attach a wood cleat the adjacent wall to supplement the support of the steel bracket. The term we use to specify shelves made in this way is “Loose cleat 1 end” There is no upcharge for this customization.