How to Install Floating Shelves, Hanging Shelves and Wall Mounted Shelves

Author: Sarah Shevy   Date Posted:23 April 2021 

Floating Shelves, Hanging Shelves and Wall Mounted Shelves

Many of us understand the problem of limited space in our home. Floating shelves, hanging shelves and wall-mounted shelves are one solution to make the most of the space you have. They provide additional room for storage and work as a decorative displace, with whatever you are working with. Once you determine where you want to put them, you'll need to make sure you have well placed, balanced and sturdy shelving for the wall. This guide explains how to install Floating Shelves, Hanging Shelves, and Wall Mounted Shelves.

  1. Preparation

Planning and preparing your DIY project will ensure success and you'll be rewarded with a job well done. Get your tools and materials together to have all you need on hand to start the DIY project. Following are some items you'll need, depending on the item you are mounting.

  • Floating Shelves, Hanging Shelves or Wall Mounted Shelves
  • Brackets to support the shelves
  • Pencil
  • Tape-measure
  • Spirit Level
  • Stud Finder
  • Screws
  • Anchors for Plaster
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  1. Placement

Once you have the tools and materials you need to mount the shelf, you need to decide on wall placement. Remember to consider the weight of the shelves while you choose the space you want to use. Installing heavier furniture on plaster where there are no studs underneath to support it will only end in disaster. Remember also to think of the items you'll be putting onto the wall-mounted shelves. Heavy books could cause a collapse under pressure. Mounting the brackets or screws onto a wall stud will provide additional support and stability. 

Where the shelving is heavier or will display more solid weighted home décor, such as heavy candles, lanterns or glass vases, a stud finder will indicate the prime position to mount. If there are no studs available behind the plaster, you can use plaster anchors to keep the shelving stuck soundly.

  1. Positioning

Mark your positioning with the assistance of a helper. Ask them to hold the shelf, positioned where you have decided is the optimal space. Use a spirit level to validate it is nice and straight, then lightly mark the wall with a pencil at each anchor point and both ends. Get the brackets and position them on the wall along the bottom of the shelf, and again, double-check the anchor positions on the wall brackets, so you know the right spot to put in the screws. Take the frame away and the brackets from the wall. Stand back and look at the markings, making sure positioning is where you want it. Confirm the shelves' height to ensure they won't interfere with people walking by in the home.

  1. Beginning

Prior preparation and planning have placed you well to begin. Using your drill at the minimum power or speed, make starter holes with the screws into the bracket spots. Do not twist the screws too far into the wall; you have more to do in the next step.

  1. Wall Anchors and Wall Brackets

Take out the screws and place the first bracket in its spot. If the shelf is weighty and you were out of luck with wall studs, install a wall anchor to provide sturdy support. Reinsert the screws into the shelf brackets and screw them tight, ensuring each bracket is now secure. When you do this, make sure you don't overdo it, balance is the key. Clean off the pencil markings and clean up the plaster dust.

  1. Time to Mount the Shelves

Put the shelf onto the bracket and check that it is centred. If there are openings along the top of the bracket, secure it to the shelf's base by inserting screws and drilling them in until they are secure. This is a safety measure to prevent it from sliding or falling.

  1. Completing the DIY Project

Add the books or home décor to your completed DIY Project and enjoy.




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