Cost to Install a Glass Shelf

Cost to Install a Glass Shelf

How much does it cost to install a glass shelf? The average DIY cost to install a glass shelf yourself is $215 compared with the labor and material cost of hiring a handyman for $430. Learn what's involved and use your ZIP Code to adjust the cost.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Diy Logo Hours Pro 1.5 DIY 2.5
Money Pro $430 DIY $215
Per Unit Cost
Per Unit Cost $430 Total Cost

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Stylish glass shelves appear to float on a wall, creating a place for a collection of colorful ceramics or pottery. The clear surface of tempered glass makes it an attractive display area that doesn't distract from what it's holding. For a more utilitarian use, glass shelves provide storage that's clearly visible and ideally suited for a small corner in a bathroom where space is at a premium. The shelves are easy to install and adaptable to many locations, no matter how you put them to use.

Floating glass shelving is installed into a wall with a tongue-in-groove system that actually makes the shelf an integral part of the wall. You use a template to mark the position of the grooves and a saw to cut the grooves in the wall. Then apply adhesive caulking on the edge of the shelf and push it in place. A handyman will charge $430 to install three 24-inch long glass shelves, which includes labor and material. You can buy the shelves for $215 and install them yourself, saving $215. Videos at illustrate how to install the shelves in a corner and on a wall.

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Wrapping up, given the average cost to install a glass shelf you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.

Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020

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DIY 52%
PRO 48%

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