I want to put three shelves into an alcove, as pictured below. The shelves will be pretty basic 20mm timber rectangles with one or two braces; once they're all secured I'm planning to put plasterboard over them and repaint the wall.
The tricky bit is how to secure them. There are plenty of studs on the back wall, but I want the shelves to be relatively shallow, which means they won't reach to the studs on the side walls - which is where I'd really like to anchor to avoid the front sagging forward under load. I don't want big visible brackets hanging under them. I've seen people do some crazy stuff for floating shelves where you put threaded rod right through the shelf and a stud behind it, but I'm wary of anything I haven't seen done outside a Youtube video.
My current idea is to open up the gyprock on the left and right and use angle brackets to put in floating studs (probably secured off the noggins / cross-members between "real" studs) right where I'd need it to be for my shelves. I'd have to patch the plaster up but it seems particularly secure and I'm painting anyway. Is this a stupid idea? The idea of being able to put a self tapper through that leading edge right into solid timber makes me feel a lot better about putting any serious weight on them.
These shelves are just going to hold books, but given the width I expect it'll be a decent amount of weight. Shout out if you think 20mm / 3/4" pine won't be able to take that kind of span without bowing, or if there are other obvious things I'm missing!