How to hang floating shelves – How to Hang Solid Wood Floating Shelves

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There are several ways to hang your floating shelves using different types of hardware. You can choose to use brackets specifically designed for floating shelves, making them invisible to the eye. You can also build your own hollow shelf and then slide it right on to a wooden cleat. Lastly, there’s the option of using figure-eight fasteners to hold your shelf up on the wall.

Using Floating Shelf Brackets


  1. Use a stud finder to find the studs in the wall. The best way to do this is to use a stud finder, sliding it along the wall horizontally until the stud finder indicates where the stud is. Once you’ve located the studs, use a pencil to mark where they are.

    • You can also try to find the studs by looking for small dimples in the trim or knocking on the wall and listening for a solid sound instead of a hollow one.

  2. Use a drill to drill into the stud where you’d like to hang your shelf. To create the first hole for your special bracket, use a 0.25 inches (0.64 cm) drill bit to get started. Once you’ve created a small hole, switch to a 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) bit and drill a hole for the bracket, making sure not to drill too deep.

    • You can measure the bracket’s length and then use a piece of tape to mark the drill bit so that you don’t drill too far in.

  3. Secure the bracket in the hole. Place the bracket in the hole, turning it until you feel a slight resistance. Keep turning the bracket until it feels tightly secured.

    • If you’re twisting the bracket and aren’t feeling any resistance, pull it back out. Twist the end that goes into the shelf clockwise so the bracket expands.

  4. Use a level to place the second bracket. To make sure your shelf is even and steady, use a level and the stud finder to decide where to place the other bracket that will hold up your shelf. Use a pencil to mark where the second bracket will go.

    • Make sure the distance between the 2 brackets isn’t longer than the length of your shelf.

  5. Install the second bracket using a drill and secure it tightly. Follow the same process of drilling a hole into a stud using the drill bits. Place the bracket into the second hole, twisting it until it’s tightly secured.

    • Remember not to drill too deeply when making the hole for the bracket.
    • It’s a good idea to use the level again once you’ve placed the second bracket, just to make sure the 2 brackets create a level surface.
    • If the brackets aren’t level, you’ll need to remove 1 from the wall and realign it.
  6. Measure the distance between the 2 brackets carefully. Use a ruler to measure the distance from 1 bracket to the next so that you’ll know where to drill the holes in your shelf. You need this measurement to be exact, so take the time to measure it 2 or 3 extra times. Write down the measurement so that you don’t forget it.


  7. Drill the bracket holes into your shelf. Use your bracket measurements to draw dots on the back of your shelf where the holes will go using a pencil. Make sure the holes are straight and level with each other. Carefully drill the 2 holes into the wood — use a drill press to create the holes, if possible.

    • If you don’t have a drill press, you can create a jig to hold the wood. Keep your wood from moving by putting pieces of wood on either side of it with a thin slab nailed on top.
    • Mark the depth with tape to ensure you’re not drilling too far.
    • Measure your shelf to make sure it’s the right thickness and depth for the brackets you chose. The specifications for the brackets should be labeled on the package they come in.
  8. Slide the shelf onto the brackets. Clear out any dust from the holes in the shelf and slide it onto the brackets installed in the wall. You should have a nice, clean fit. Use a level to check to make sure the shelf is even.

Installing Cleats


  1. Build your own floating shelves so that they’re hollow. There are a couple of ways to do this, but the easiest way is to use plywood and nails to create a hollow shelf. You would ultimately have 5 sides, with the back of the shelf being open.

    • You want your shelf to slide onto a cleat, which is why the shelf won’t have a back.

  2. Decide where to install the cleat by locating the studs. Use a stud finder to figure out where your wall studs are, and then mark where you’d like to install the cleat to hold your shelf.

    • Try to hit at least 2 wall studs per shelf for the best stability.

  3. Cut a 2×2 piece of wood long enough to fit inside your floating shelves. This section of wood will be what the open back part of your shelf slides onto to keep it on the wall. Measure the piece of wood to ensure it fits inside the length of the shelf before using a saw to cut it.

    • You can also take the piece of wood to a home improvement store to have them cut it for you.

  4. Use screws to secure the cleat to the wall. Attach the cleat to the wall using 3 in (7.6 cm) screws. Use 2-3 screws, depending on the length of your shelf.

    • Try to install the screws into the studs, or use heavy anchor fasteners.
  5. Check to make sure the shelf is even before tightening the screws. Use a level to see that both screws create an even surface. Tighten the screws to ensure the cleat is safely attached.

  6. Add an additional 2×2 section of wood for wide shelves, if desired. If the shelf you’re installing is very wide, you might want your cleat to stick out a bit more. Attach another 2×2 piece of wood of the exact same length on top of the first one using screws. This will give your cleat more depth.


  7. Push the shelf onto the cleat. Center your shelf on the cleat and push it back against the wall into place. Your cleat should fit in your hollow shelf snugly.

    • If your shelf isn’t super snug or feels a bit loose, try adding an additional 2×2 piece of wood for better security.
  8. Secure the shelf to the cleat with nails or screws. As an additional precaution, you can hammer in some nails to make sure your shelf doesn’t move from the cleat. Pick a place that won’t be seen easily, like the very top of your shelf if it’s placed up high, or the bottom of the shelf if it’s placed low.

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How to Hang Floating Shelves

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There are several ways to hang your floating shelves using different types of hardware. You can choose to use brackets specifically designed for floating shelves, making them invisible to the eye. You can also build your own hollow shelf and then slide it right on to a wooden cleat. Lastly, there’s the option of using figure-eight fasteners to hold your shelf up on the wall.

EditSteps

EditUsing Floating Shelf Brackets

  1. Use a stud finder to find the studs in the wall. The best way to do this is to use a stud finder, sliding it along the wall horizontally until the stud finder indicates where the stud is. Once you’ve located the studs, use a pencil to mark where they are.[1]
    • You can also try to find the studs by looking for small dimples in the trim or knocking on the wall and listening for a solid sound instead of a hollow one.
  2. Use a drill to drill into the stud where you’d like to hang your shelf. To create the first hole for your special bracket, use a drill bit to get started. Once you’ve created a small hole, switch to a bit and drill a hole for the bracket, making sure not to drill too deep.[2]
    • You can measure the bracket’s length and then use a piece of tape to mark the drill bit so that you don’t drill too far in.
  3. Secure the bracket in the hole. Place the bracket in the hole, turning it until you feel a slight resistance. Keep turning the bracket until it feels tightly secured.[3]
    • If you’re twisting the bracket and aren’t feeling any resistance, pull it back out. Twist the end that goes into the shelf clockwise so the bracket expands.
  4. Use a level to place the second bracket. To make sure your shelf is even and steady, use a level and the stud finder to decide where to place the other bracket that will hold up your shelf. Use a pencil to mark where the second bracket will go.[4]
    • Make sure the distance between the 2 brackets isn’t longer than the length of your shelf.
  5. Install the second bracket using a drill and secure it tightly. Follow the same process of drilling a hole into a stud using the drill bits. Place the bracket into the second hole, twisting it until it’s tightly secured.[5]
    • Remember not to drill too deeply when making the hole for the bracket.
    • It’s a good idea to use the level again once you’ve placed the second bracket, just to make sure the 2 brackets create a level surface.
    • If the brackets aren’t level, you’ll need to remove 1 from the wall and realign it.
  6. Measure the distance between the 2 brackets carefully. Use a ruler to measure the distance from 1 bracket to the next so that you’ll know where to drill the holes in your shelf. You need this measurement to be exact, so take the time to measure it 2 or 3 extra times. Write down the measurement so that you don’t forget it.[6]
  7. Drill the bracket holes into your shelf. Use your bracket measurements to draw dots on the back of your shelf where the holes will go using a pencil. Make sure the holes are straight and level with each other. Carefully drill the 2 holes into the wood — use a drill press to create the holes, if possible.[7]
    • If you don’t have a drill press, you can create a jig to hold the wood. Keep your wood from moving by putting pieces of wood on either side of it with a thin slab nailed on top.
    • Mark the depth with tape to ensure you’re not drilling too far.
    • Measure your shelf to make sure it’s the right thickness and depth for the brackets you chose. The specifications for the brackets should be labeled on the package they come in.
  8. Slide the shelf onto the brackets. Clear out any dust from the holes in the shelf and slide it onto the brackets installed in the wall. You should have a nice, clean fit. Use a level to check to make sure the shelf is even.[8]

EditInstalling Cleats

  1. Build your own floating shelves so that they’re hollow. There are a couple of ways to do this, but the easiest way is to use plywood and nails to create a hollow shelf. You would ultimately have 5 sides, with the back of the shelf being open.[9]
    • You want your shelf to slide onto a cleat, which is why the shelf won’t have a back.
  2. Decide where to install the cleat by locating the studs. Use a stud finder to figure out where your wall studs are, and then mark where you’d like to install the cleat to hold your shelf.[10]
    • Try to hit at least 2 wall studs per shelf for the best stability.
  3. Cut a 2×2 piece of wood long enough to fit inside your floating shelves. This section of wood will be what the open back part of your shelf slides onto to keep it on the wall. Measure the piece of wood to ensure it fits inside the length of the shelf before using a saw to cut it.[11]
    • You can also take the piece of wood to a home improvement store to have them cut it for you.
  4. Use screws to secure the cleat to the wall. Attach the cleat to the wall using screws. Use 2-3 screws, depending on the length of your shelf.[12]
    • Try to install the screws into the studs, or use heavy anchor fasteners.
  5. Check to make sure the shelf is even before tightening the screws. Use a level to see that both screws create an even surface. Tighten the screws to ensure the cleat is safely attached.[13]
  6. Add an additional 2×2 section of wood for wide shelves, if desired. If the shelf you’re installing is very wide, you might want your cleat to stick out a bit more. Attach another 2×2 piece of wood of the exact same length on top of the first one using screws. This will give your cleat more depth.[14]
  7. Push the shelf onto the cleat. Center your shelf on the cleat and push it back against the wall into place. Your cleat should fit in your hollow shelf snugly.[15]
    • If your shelf isn’t super snug or feels a bit loose, try adding an additional 2×2 piece of wood for better security.
  8. Secure the shelf to the cleat with nails or screws. As an additional precaution, you can hammer in some nails to make sure your shelf doesn’t move from the cleat. Pick a place that won’t be seen easily, like the very top of your shelf if it’s placed up high, or the bottom of the shelf if it’s placed low.[16]

EditPlacing Figure-Eights

  1. Locate the studs in the wall. You’ll need to find out where the studs are in the wall so that you can drill into them. Using a stud finder is the easiest way of figuring out where the studs are, but there are also other ways of finding a stud.[17]
    • If you can’t find the studs or don’t think they’ll be usable for your shelf, use hollow-wall anchors which can be found at a home improvement store.
  2. Measure how far apart the studs in the wall are. This will help you decide how far apart to install your figure-eight fasteners from one another. Use a ruler or measuring tape to get the exact distance, making sure to write the measurement down so that you don’t forget it.[18]
  3. Measure and mark where to install the figure-eights in the shelf. Decide where you’d like to drill the figure-eights into the back of the shelf. You should use at least 2 figure-eights for the best stability, and make sure to spread them evenly using a ruler. Use a pen or pencil to mark where the holes will go.[19]
    • Trace the figure-eight fastener as it will be when it’s attached to the shelf using a pencil or pen if you’re planning on chiseling into the shelf so that the fastener sits flat.
  4. Use a drill and chisel to create a recess in the shelf, if desired. Drill a shallow hole into the shelf where the figure-eight will go. Use a chisel to carefully carve out the space where the figure-eight will sit. This should allow the fastener to lay flush against the shelf.[20]
    • Don’t drill too deeply — the hole is simply to help you begin chiseling.
  5. Attach the figure-eight fastener to the shelf with a screw. Place the figure-eight fastener into the recess, if you created one. Screw the bottom of the figure-eight fastener into the shelf using a screw. Make sure it’s nice and tight.[21]
  6. Draw a thin, light line on the wall to show you where to hang the shelf. Decide where you’d like to hang the shelf and use a level to draw a horizontal, even line where the shelf will go. This will make it easier when you go to drill in the top halves of the fasteners.[22]
    • Use a pencil when drawing the line so that you can erase it easily afterwards if necessary.
  7. Line your shelf up with the line you drew. Pick up the shelf with the fasteners attached and line it up on the wall. If you want the line to stay invisible, place the top of the shelf on the line. Use the drawn line to help you ensure the shelf stays even.[23]
    • You can have someone hold the shelf for you while you use a level to double-check the evenness, if desired.
  8. Insert the screws into the figure-eight fasteners. Place the screws into the fasteners. Use a drill or a screwdriver to attach the top of the figure-eights into the wall. Either screw them into the studs or into hollow-wall anchors.[24]
    • Be aware that the top of the fastener will be visible once you hang the shelf.

EditWarnings

  • Use extra caution when using heavy machinery and make sure to wear proper safety protection.
  • Ask a friend for help when using intense tools, or if you’re unsure whether completing a task by yourself would be safe.

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How to Hang Floating Shelves on a Wall

Floating shelves add a sleek, modern look to a room by hiding their
mounting brackets within the structure of the shelf itself. Although
these are much more complicated to build than a standard
bracket-and-board shelf, they’re still within the reach of novice and
intermediate woodworkers. Set aside an afternoon per shelf to give
yourself time to do it right. As you perform each step of building
your own hanging shelf, remember that precision is more important with
these designs than with many other woodworking
projects.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Things You’ll Need
2
wooden strips, 1 inch by 2 inches by 12 inches
2 wooden strips, 1
inch by 2 inches by 22 inches
2 wooden p

Home & Garden

Decorative wall shelving can be used as an effective tool to display
pieces of artwork, vases or other small objects that complement your
decor. You do not need to hire a professional interior decorator to
hang wall shelves properly. Hang these wall shelves properly by using
a few tools that can be found at any hardware store, such as a stud
finder and a carpenter’s level.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions
Things You’ll Need
Stud
finder
Level
Drill
Brackets
Screws

Run
a stud finder along the wall that you want to hang the shelves on to
find where the studs are. Placing the brackets into studs will make
for more secure shelves. Mark where the stud

Home & Garden

Hanging objects on a wall that is not drywall can actually be easier
than hanging onto the drywall. When you hang something heavy on
drywall it needs to be affixed to the stud, whereas a brick or cement
block wall can hold more and heavier objects.Difficulty:Moderately
EasyInstructions Things You’ll Need
Hammer
Drill
Carbide
Bit
Screws
Wall Anchors
Level
Chalk
class=»error»>Drill holes into the brick, using a drill with the
proper bit. The depth of the hole should be only slightly greater than
the length of the anchor. Also the width of the anchors should be the
same as the bit width. Place screws where you would want the corners
of the shelf to be. You wil

Home & Garden

Hanging shelves are designed to hang on a wall without brackets
protruding downward, creating a sleek and modern look. This is done by
hiding the mounting hardware in the hollowed-out back edge of the
shelf, creating a strong mount. Building hanging shelves doesn’t take
much more skill than normal shelves, but it requires precise
measurements and cutting. Although the shelves are strong, multiple
small shelves are preferable to a single long
shelf.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Things You’ll Need
2
plywood sheets, half-inch by 12-inch by 36-inch
2 pine strips,
1-inch by 2-inch by 12-inch
2 pine strips, 1-inch by 2-inch by
9-inch
2 pine strips, 1-inch by 2-inch by 34-inch

Home & Garden

Shelving adds interest and stylish storage to any room. Floating
shelves fasten to the wall with concealed pine ledgers and give the
appearance of floating. The ledger is a 2-inch by 2-inch strip of wood
that screws to the wall studs, giving the shelves a ledge to rest
upon. The shelves have a hollow opening in the back and can be built
to any size needed to fill a wall. This project will be made easier
with some specific devices, such as a pneumatic nail gun and table
saw.Difficulty:ModerateInstructions Things You’ll Need
Measuring
tape
1-inch by 4-inch pine board
Table saw
Stainable
wood glue
Pneumatic nail gun

Home & Garden

Shelves are usually very easy to hang in drywall as you usually just
need to find a wood stud in the Sheetrock and screw at least one leg
of your shelves into that. But hanging shelves on cement poses a
different challenge as you are going to be drilling into solid rock. A
more difficult proposition, this requires the right tools and
know-how. Drill Pilot HolesWith a power drill and a strong masonry
drill bit that is the correct size for both your anchor and the screws
for the shelves, drill pilot holes into the cement itself after
carefully measuring where you want your shelves to hang. You’ll need
some kind of visible mark to make sure you get these positions right.
The drilling of thes

Home & Garden

Wall-mounted shelves can free up floor space, give you a way to
display your arts and crafts and help you find ways to store tools and
other essentials. There are many different kinds of shelving units
available, but the concept behind hanging wall shelves is the same for
almost all types. Whether you have adjustable shelves or a decorative
curio shelf to hang, you can have your shelf up in no time and ready
to use.Difficulty:Moderately EasyInstructions Things You’ll
Need
Stud finder
Marking Pencil
Level
Hand drill
Pilot
drill bit
Wall mount screws with wall anchors
Philips head
screwdriver
Hammer
Power screw driver
class=»error»>Determine where you wa

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How to Hang Shelves — Bob Vila

How to Hang Shelves

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At some point in life, everyone wants or needs to hang shelves. Whether simple 2x4s or part of a store-bought kit, shelving stands unique among home enhancements. Unlike framed pictures, which perform only a decorative role, or sump pumps, which are nothing but functional, shelving can be simultaneously appealing to the eye and practical. No matter your experience level, you should be able to hang shelves with little trouble in one hour or less.

MATERIALS AND TOOLS Available on Amazon
– Shelf
– Shelf brackets
– Pencil
– Measuring tape
– Level
– Stud finder
– Screws
– Drywall anchors
– Screwdriver or drill/driver
– Hammer

STEP 1
First off, decide where you want the shelf. Then consider the weight of the shelving as well as the weight of the items you are going to put on its surface. When there’s any considerable weight involved, it’s best practice to locate the wall studs and use them for support. If that’s not possible, the next best thing is to use drywall anchors.

How to Hang Shelves - Floating

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STEP 2
Choose a height for the shelf and mark with a pencil the position on the wall where you plan to install the initial bracket. Then use a level and measuring tape to determine and mark where the second bracket should be fastened. At a minimum, shelving installation calls for two brackets; in the case of a long or heavy shelf, additional brackets may be required to promote stability and prevent sagging. If you judge that more than two are needed, measure and mark now for the extras.

STEP 3
Drill pilot holes to accept the screws to be used in fastening the brackets to the wall. Having done so, proceed to screw each bracket into place, being careful not to overtighten the hardware. Depending on the design of the shelving, either simply rest the board on the brackets or attach the shelf to the brackets via screws or another fastener.

STEP 4
Before loading the shelf with belongings, test the strength of the installation and make any adjustments that appear necessary. Don’t be alarmed if you notice any slight wiggling; that’s to be expected. So long as the wiggling is not too pronounced, it indicates that the shelf will forgive shifts in the wall or floor.

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How to hang shelves using painters tape {tutorial}

I wanted to show you how I hung the shelves in our recent dining room makeover. This tip on hanging shelves may seem obvious and I am surely not the first to do this but just in case there are some of you who stink at measuring those little brackets already on the back of shelves and then getting them lined up properly with your hooks, this tip is for you! My dad is a stickler for a measuring tape, using percentages, splitting the difference and doing all kinds of things that make my brain hurt when it comes to anything “carpentry” and measurement related. Who does that in real life? Certainly not me. So I have a little method I use to hang things that don’t require a degree in math!

Here is what the wall looked like before,

How to hang floating shelves {easy}

I added a piece of MDF 3/4 high to add a little interest to the wall along with the shelves. Sorry, the quality of some of these pictures are not the best as my camera was giving me issues.

How to hang floating shelves {easy}

Next, take your shelf and find the brackets. If there are no brackets, you will need to add some as seen below.

How to hang floating shelves {easy}

Next, I placed a piece of painters tape from one end of the bracket to the other and marked the bracket hole with a marker.

How to hang floating shelves {easy}

Place your tape (with the spots for your hole marked)  on the wall and use a level to ensure the tape is straight.

How to hang floating shelves {easy}

Nail a hole where you marked your spots and then remove the tape. Make sure your tape is level though, otherwise, your shelf will be crooked. Next, I screwed a dry wall screw in each hole that I made where my spots were marked. I left about 1/4″ of the screw  remaining so I could hang the shelf. If your shelf doesn’t hang tightly against the wall, you need to screw the “screw” in a little more. That was a mouth full!!! You know what I mean right?

How to hang floating shelves {easy}

Add a coat of paint and Viola, you have a display wall. I decided to frame some of the kids art work and add my son’s latest lego project.

How to hange shelves using painters tape

If you would like to see more pictures of this room, be sure to check out our dining room makeover post as well as our board and batten tutorial on how to add MDF as a wall treatment.

How to hange shelves using painters tape

Learning how to hang shelves using painters tape is easy, quick and it works! Be sure to use a level and you should be fine. The addition of floating shelves in our dining room has been a great display area for handmade crafts and pictures. Do you have a wall where you could add inexpensive floating shelves? Try our (my) hanging method, I bet you will like it! If you prefer something a bit more modern with glass shelving, be sure to check out our how to hang glass shelves using “bingo brackets” or our DIY shelf mantel tutorial.

 

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How to Hang a Floating Shelf

I hope you all have been enjoying may past few post as much as I have creating and sharing them with you here on Fine Craft Guild. While I have been sharing a lot of outdoor centerpieces using recycled items.

 

Today I would like to share something I have found quite challenging, until now. I love the look of floating shelves and creating vignettes upon them. However, I have always stayed away from doing them.

Here are the reasons why. You know the two holes on the back? Well most of the time when I have tried to hang these kind of shelves, wall hanging I end up with several holes in the wall, so most of the time I have the hubby do it… Until now! Look I did it! And if I can do it, anyone can do it!!!

All you have to do is a few easy steps.

What you’ll Need to hang a Floating Shelf

Here is what you will need:

  • Blue painters tape
  • Level
  • Nails or drywall screws.

 

Step by Step Instructions on How to Hang a Floating Shelf

Turn your shelf over to the back.  Cut off enough tape to reach from one hole to the other .

 

Take a pen or something you can poke a hold into the tape where the nails should go. 

 

Remove tape and place it on the wall where you want to hang your shelf.

 

Take you level. Place it a the top of your tape on the wall and make sure it is level.

Now with the holes you have placed in you tape this is where you will insert or drywall screws or nails.

Remove the tape and hang your shelf. Check that the shelf is level and perfect.

 

 

And that’s it. You’re done! You’ve just hung up your first floating shelf, and it is now ready for you to decorate it.

 

I love that hanging up a floating shelf is actually so easy to do.  And now  that I have shown you how to hang up some floating shelves, you can do it too!

 

 

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Xo

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About Tammy

Tammy enjoys the challenge of reinventing her décor. She’s great at figuring out how to make something out of ‘nothing’. To her, ‘left-overs’ have a purpose. She has an urge to recycle |reuse | revamp | redecorate | remodel. And she does so, creatively, beautifully and naturally. Her works shows her love for decorating.

Tammy is the living proof that decoration with what you have | recycled materials, plus maybe a small budget for craft supplies, can create beautiful results. When you walk through her house and her garden, as displayed in her blog, you see a tastefully decorated place that has personality and a sense of home.

Tammy used to own a retail scrapbooking business and her blog is that ‘One More Time’ love affair with the creative world. While her emphasis at ‘One More Time’ blog is on decorating, at the FineCraftGuild she shares her how-to’s and gives us more than a little peak on how things are put together. And yes, all of these beautiful photos above are all hers!

 

 

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How to Hang a Floating Shelf

In a small house, you have to be creative when it comes to storage and display space. This goes double for my craft room/guest room. I built a wall of wrap around shelves to go with the new decor and had to use every bit of it to hold my craft and sewing supplies. I don’t have room on them to display some of the creations that inspire my DIY madness.

The wall space over doors is often forgotten although you can make it work for you with a simple shelf or by hanging artwork. Making an over the door fence board shelf works well in the guest bathroom, why not hang a floating shelf over the door in the guest bedroom and use it to display my doodads?

This is project sounds harder than it really is, I promise.

You will need:

A floating shelf and bracket
Stud finder
Pencil
Level
Drywall anchors
Screws
Drill and small drill bit
Screwdriver
Impact driver (optional)

1. Your shelf will be less likely to crash to the ground under its own weight if you attach it to a stud in your wall. Guess how I know?

The easiest way to find wall studs is to run a stud finder along the wall until it lights up indicating where the stud is so you can mark it with a pencil.

The stud finder works!

2. Place the floating shelf bracket where you want to hang it on the wall and mark the screw holes with a pencil.

Try to line up the screw holes to the wall studs you marked in in Step 1 if possible.

3. Use the level to double check that the area you marked for the screws and bracket are level with the level.

On the level!

4. If you want to hang the shelf on an area of the wall that does not have a wall stud behind it, you will need to use a drywall anchor to keep your shelf from crashing off the wall. Again, experience talking here (and it will always come crashing down the wall in the middle of the night. Always.)

Install the drywall anchor by drilling a small pilot hole in the wall with the drill and screwing the drywall anchor into the wall with a manual screwdriver. I like to use a manual screwdriver with wall anchors because I think they bit into the drywall better and stay put.

Drywall anchors come in different sizes depending upon how much weight you think the shelf will hold. My shelf will be decorative, so I am using smaller anchors. As always, your mileage may vary.

5. Line the floating shelf bracket up over the wall anchors and use the screws to attach the bracket to the wall. I like to use my impact driver (learn more about this useful tool here) for this step since I usually do these things by myself, on a ladder, and almost always hang stuff over my head.



6. Slide the floating shelf on to the wall bracket and screw the shelf to the bracket.

7. Ready, set, decorate! I shopped the house for items to display.

A Fischer Price Viking that sat on my work desk, a bold face lie my Mom made (Chocolate makes your clothes shrink), a Russian Ambassador bear I made of Husband’s Renaissance Festival character, a jester clock, and a rocking horse I made in 7th grade wood shop (thank you Title 9!)

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