Rustic Floating Wall Feature

This project brings personality and boldness to any wall space.

Rustic Floating Wall Feature

This project brings personality and boldness to any wall space.

5 col
Difficulty: Difficult

(5) 2" × 4" × 35" pre-painted lumber (sleepers)
(9) 1" × 5½" × 35" pre-painted lumber (large fillers)
(6) 1" × 5½" × 17½" pre-painted lumber (small fillers)
(2) 1" × 2½" × 36½" pre-painted lumber (side trim)
(2) 1" × 2 ½" × 35" pre-painted lumber (top pieces)
(1) 1" × 2 ½" × 72" (bottom trim)
Heavy-duty Phillip’s head drywall anchors with screws (toggle lock, 100 lb)
Protective gloves
Eye gear
18-gauge finishing nails
Finishing nail gun
Drill driver
3/16" drill bit
Measuring tape


1. Measure the width of the wall, find the middle point and mark it with the pencil

2. Vertically line up the level with the middle mark and lightly trace a straight line

3. Align a 2" × 4" × 25" pre-painted lumber board with the pencil line (this will be your first sleeper)

Carpentry Fact: A sleeper is a piece of wood that acts as a support for structures placed on top of it. The sleeper used in this project will guarantee the security of the wall feature.

4. Make sure the sleeper is about ½" from the ceiling, and double check that it’s plumb with the level

5. Use the 3/16" drill bit and the drill driver to drill three holes in the following order: one at the bottom, one at the top and one in the middle

6. Anchor the board to make sure it’s secure. Set the sleeper board aside for a moment and insert the tip of an anchor in the bottom hole you just drilled

7. Drill the anchor into the wall until it’s flush. Make sure the anchor arrows are pointing to the ceiling and the floor as shown below. Drill anchors into the middle and top holes

8. Fit the anchor screw into the pre-drilled hole in the sleeper, and then drill it into the anchor in the wall. Repeat until all three holes in the sleeper are secured with anchor screws

9. The first sleeper will act as a middle mark for the other four 2" × 4" × 35" sleeper boards, which should be positioned about 12" to 16" from each other. Once you anchor in all five sleepers, the end result should look like this:

10. From top to bottom, begin building the wall feature on the sleepers. Place one 1" × 2½" × 35" pre-painted lumber board in the center of the middle sleeper as shown. This is the start of your first row

11. Fasten the board on top of the sleepers with 18-gauge finishing nails. Be sure to shoot two nails vertically into each sleeper board

12. Attach the second 1" × 2½" × 35" pre-painted lumber boards to the other side and secure with 18-gauge finishing nails. The 1" × 2½" × 35" boards should fit perfectly next to each other. Your first row is now complete

13. Position two 1" × 5½" × 17½" pre-painted lumber boards below the top pieces at the ends, and secure them with finishing nails. Make sure the ends are plumb with the first row

14. Fit one 1" × 5½" × 35" pre-painted lumber board into the empty space on the second row, and secure it with finishing nails. Remember to insert two nails per sleeper to ensure security

15. Fill the third row with two 1” × 5½” × 35” lumber boards side by side, and secure them with 18-gauge finishing nails on top of the sleepers

16. Notice the pattern forming the wall installation. You can continue alternating this pattern, or create your own using the following formula:

(2) 1" X 5½" X 17½"  + (1) 1" X 5½" X 35" = 1 row
(2) 1" X 5½" X 35" = 1 row

Once you have secured all the boards on top of the sleepers, the only remaining pieces should be your trim pieces

17. Position the two 1" × 2½" × 36½" trim pieces on either side of the wall fixture and secure with finishing nails at the bottom, center and top

18. Attach the 1" × 2½" × 72" trim piece to the bottom to complete this unique wall fixture