Hanging wall-mounted shelves

Hanging simple wall-mounted shelves is a quick and easy way to increase storage. Only 5 steps and you’re done.

Difficulty level : 
Duration : 
2 hours

Locating and marking studs

  • 1.1 Locate the center of studs behind the wallboard with a stud finder. Mark their position.
  • 1.2 In the center of the stud, mark the desired height.
  • 1.3 Place a shelf bracket on the wall and level it.
  • 1.4 Mark the screw holes in the bracket on the wall.

Drilling pilot holes in the wall

  • 2.1 Drill holes at the marks made at step 1.4.

Top tip

Pilot holes help prevent screws from making cracks in the wall or the shelf. The diameter of the drill bit should be slightly smaller than that of the screws.

Fastening the first bracket

  • 3.1 Line up the screw holes in the bracket and screw into to the wall.

Positioning the second bracket

  • 4.1 Measure the desired distance for the second bracket. It should also be installed at the center of a stud.
  • 4.2 Repeat steps 1.1 to 2.1.
  • 4.3 Secure the second bracket.
  • 4.4 Install more brackets if needed, according to the length of the shelf.

Marking and drilling pilot holes in the shelves

  • 5.1 Place the shelves on the brackets and measure to make sure they are centered and levelled.
  • 5.2 Mark the screw holes onto the shelves.
  • 5.3 Drill the holes and screw the shelf into place.

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