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How to Install a Wall Shelf?

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how to install a wall shelf? Interior design is an art. It is necessary to decorate your room with furniture, colors, and attractive textures so that your room is aesthetic and its atmosphere pleasant.

Among the elements of decorations that exist, there is furniture. Some furniture is very useful to store various objects, such as wall shelf for example. The wall shelf is perfect for storing your knickknacks without taking up space. The most effective method of attaching a shelf to a wall is to use brackets.

Choosing your Brackets

The number of brackets to use depends on the length and thickness of your piece of furniture, as well as the items you want to put on it. First of all, you should know that a wall shelf is a simple wooden board that is attached to the wall using brackets.

If you choose a small and narrow shelf, you can use only two angles attached to the ends of the board. Ideally, they should be at least 60 centimeters apart.

Conversely, if your shelf is imposing (long and thick made of solid wood), attach an angle to each meter. If you plan to put many items on your wall shelf, feel free to use several angles so that your board is perfectly fixed.

Step by Step Guide to Install a Wall Shelf

Now that you have all the materials you need to hang your wall shelf with brackets, you need to follow a series of steps to attach the shelf appropriately.

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Step #1: Determine the Location of the Shelf

To make sure that you don’t make a mistake and that your shelf is perfectly straight, you need to mark its position on your wall. Place your shelf on the wall and use a spirit level to check that it is straight. Once the height is set, mark the wall with a pencil along with the board.

Step #2: Indicate the Location of the Brackets

After marking the location of your shelf, you should also mark the location of the brackets. The marks on the brackets will show you where the screws will be placed. These marks should be below the mark on the board, about 10 centimeters away. Again, use the spirit level. The brackets should be perpendicular to the furniture.

Step #3: Drilling the Wall

Now that all your marks have been made, you can move on to drilling. For this, you need your screwdriver. Don’t forget to use a drill bit that is suitable for the material and the diameter of the screw.

Before starting to drill, clean the surface of your wall well, so that it will be easier for you to drill the holes correctly. Each hole should be drilled on the marks you have marked on the wall with a pencil.

Step #4: Install the Brackets Position your Brackets on your Wall

The bottom part should be glued to the wall, while the top part hangs in the air (it will support the board of your wall shelf).

Make sure that the holes in your bracket are aligned with the holes you have drilled in the wall. Also, make sure that the bracket is perfectly horizontal, otherwise, your wall shelf will be wobbly. Now insert the screws into the holes and tighten them with the screwdriver.

Step #5: Stabilizing the Installation

To make sure that your installation is stable, it is advisable to screw in the screws as far as possible. Now you can place your board on the brackets.

Underneath the board, you can fix it with brackets, so that your furniture will not move and will be perfectly sturdy. For this last step, use screws that are smaller than the thickness of the board, otherwise you risk piercing it.

Step #6: Decorating the Shelf

Finally, your wall shelf is hung on the wall, all that remains is to decorate it. The choice is endless. You can put books, a plant, photo frames, vases, candles, decorative objects.

The Necessary Tools

You embark on a DIY session to install a wall shelf. To complete this activity, you will need several DIY tools. Don’t worry, these are easily found in your toolbox.

You should therefore take with you a pencil, a tape measure, a ruler, screws adapted to the holes of your brackets, dowels adapted to your furniture, a dowel gun, a screwdriver, a spirit level, a screwdriver, and a hammer.

In most cases, the screws are usually sold with brackets. This way, you can be sure that the screws are the right size. There is no need to invest in new screws.

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