Hanging Shelves

Here’s a Few Tips on Hanging Shelves

By Mark J. Donovan

Hanging shelves is a fairly straight forward job. However, if the shelf is to support more than a few pounds you should make sure that you secure the Shelf or Shelf brackets to studs. The studs are the vertical members sitting behind the sheet rock. Typically they are made out of either wood or metal.

The trick is finding the studs. Typically they are on 16″ center and can be found using a stud finder (a magnetic device that can identify where the nails are associated with securing the sheetrock to the stud).

Once you have found a stud, measure in increments of 16″ the span that you want to have between the shelf brackets.

Also measure how high off the floor you want to have the shelves sit. Secure the brackets to the studs via screws or nails. Then secure the shelves to the brackets. Sometimes the Shelves can be screwed to the back. Other shelf/bracket combinations have a snap in lock mechanism to ensure the shelf does not fall off the bracket.

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