Essential Oils Rack


Notice the wall cleat positioning. The hook goes up and out from the wall so the shelf can sit down on it. Three screws hold it to the wall.

So my wife has gotten into essential oils for treating minor ailments and for diffusing to make the place smell good.

As we get more and more bottles of oils, we were running out of places to put them. We started looking for solutions to this problem and there are a lot of terrible, terrible designs out there, so I decided to make my own.

They sit on french cleats on the wall so you can grab a shelf and take it somewhere else for a while.

Let me know if you like em!

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Required Parts

This may be one of the cheapest builds I’ve done. You only need the following things:

  • 1 – 1″x8″x8′ select pine board – get nice wood, you want something smooth and holdable
  • a colored stain – i like minwax stains and go for a medium dark color
  • a stain brush or rag
  • 1 1/8″ Diameter forstner bit
  • 3 screws or drywall bolts
  • Wood Glue
  • 1″ Felt circles (like the kind used for moving furniture)

How to Build

oil shelf schematic

Dimensions for wood

Use this diagram: I apologize for the hand drawn nature, but it’s a simple design. I didn’t think it needed anything fancy.

  1. Cut you board into 14″ long segments. Each shelf will give you 15 Essential Oil spots
  2. For each shelf, you will need 2 – 14″long segments.
    • Cut the first segment into 4 1/4″ and 3 1/2″ wide pieces, both 14″ long
    • Cut the second segment into 4 1/4″ and 3 1/2″ pieces, both 14″ long.
    • Take one of the 3 1/2″ pieces and cut it down the middle, long ways at a 45 degree angle. This will make up the french cleat. One half goes on the back of the shelf, one half goes on the wall.
  3. Take one of the 3 1/2″ wide pieces and mark the center holes for the oils to sit down in. Each hole has a diameter of 1 1/8″ and should be 2″ on center from the previous hole, all the way across. It’s helpful to draw center lines from one end of the board to another with a pencil, and then the crosses of overlap should be the center of the holes. Drill from the top down with the forstner bit.
  4. Glue all the boards together like you see in the diagram vertical view and clamp together.
  5. When everything is dry, begin staining your wood to the desired color and finish. You can use a top clear coat finish if you like, but the unfinished, only stained look is quite nice.
  6. Add the 1″ felt circles to the bottom of each hole. These will give the bottles something soft to sit on and will raise the bottles up just enough to be able to read the labels and see which bottle is which.

To mount the shelf:

  1. Drill three pilot holes through the wall cleat and mark the hole placement on the wall.
  2. If you are using plastic wall anchors, put those in where the screw placement marks are.
  3. Attach the wall cleat to the wall with screws with the front lip sticking up and away from the wall.
  4. Set the back of the shelf on top of the wall cleat.

Front view of finished shelves.


Two finished shelves next to the bathroom sink.

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