Cost to Install a Glass Shelf – 2021

| Last Updated: August 24, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 430

$ 215

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 52% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Install a Glass Shelf noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

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. 

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.

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. 

Below are some more DIY shelf ideas that might interest you:

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