Asked by: Mbarka Dilge
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What is needed to hang floating shelves?

Last Updated: 10th March, 2020

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Method 1 Using Floating Shelf Brackets
  1. Use a stud finder to find the studs in the wall.
  2. Use a drill to drill into the stud where you'd like to hang your shelf.
  3. Secure the bracket in the hole.
  4. Use a level to place the second bracket.
  5. Install the second bracket using a drill and secure it tightly.

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Besides, do floating shelves need studs?

Ideally, you should attach floating shelves (or anything else you're hanging) to a wall stud, as this will give you the most supportive base for your project. A stud finder—a hand-held device that uses a magnet to detect metal, such as the nails and screws in the wall studs of your home—can help you locate these.

Additionally, can floating shelves hold much weight? A typical floating shelf can support weights of about 20 to 30 kilograms depending on the material they are made of and the supporting brackets that are used. 12mm diameter brackets can support shelves of up to 22mm thick loaded with 20kg.

how much space do you need between floating shelves?

For the second shelf, I had in mind what knick knacks I wanted to put on top of it, and decided on placing it 16 inches above the second shelf. At the very minimum, your shelves should be at least 12 inches apart. However there are exceptions, depending on the use. It can range from 8″ to 16″.

Are Floating Shelves strong?

A floating shelf is strong, quick to build, with no visible supports and made from only two parts. These shelves are handsome, easy to build and inexpensive. And they're strong even though they have no visible supports. They appear to float on the wall, no clunky hardware or brackets.

Related Question Answers

Leonice Butsch

Explainer

How are floating shelves hung?

Steps
  1. Use a stud finder to find the studs in the wall.
  2. Use a drill to drill into the stud where you'd like to hang your shelf.
  3. Secure the bracket in the hole.
  4. Use a level to place the second bracket.
  5. Install the second bracket using a drill and secure it tightly.
  6. Measure the distance between the 2 brackets carefully.

Abidine Caetano

Explainer

How do you reinforce floating shelves?

  1. Locate the mounting screws on the floating shelf.
  2. Pull the shelf off from the mounting board away from the wall.
  3. Slide a stud finder along the wall just above the mounting board where the shelf was mounted to locate the studs.
  4. Align the shelf with the mounting board.

Aduna Falkheim

Explainer

How thick should floating shelves be?

For example, if you are floating a bookshelf, typically your shelf won't need to be deeper than 10" since most books are less than 9" deep. If you are floating kitchen shelves, 12" usually works since most cabinets and the plates, cups, and bowls they house, are 12" or less deep.

Salem Peege

Pundit

How do I make my floating shelves thinner?

This is how to build super thin floating shelves:
  1. Attach Brackets. Start by drawing a horizontal line 12mm lower than the top of where you want your finished shelf to be.
  2. Attach Top Board.
  3. Attach Bottom Board.
  4. Cover Front Of Shelves.
  5. Paint or Cover.
  6. Hide The Brackets.
  7. Finish The Edges.

Laie Lantero

Pundit

How much weight do drywall anchors hold?

Toggles, anchors or molly bolts are surprisingly strong. A 1/8 toggle can hold 30 pounds on 1/2-inch drywall and a 3/8-inch toggle can handle a hefty 50 pounds or more safely. When applying any kind of drywall anchor, you should understand how they work and which screw anchor may work best to put into a hollow wall.

Adolfina De Cordoba

Pundit

Can you hang shelves without nails?

The solution to avoid drilling holes into your walls is to use wall shelves without nails or screws! No drill shelves are great because you can mount them up your walls without having to drill holes! This is great for those that for some reason cannot damage the property they live in.

Celmira Richte

Pundit

Can you put up floating shelves without nails?

Hanging Weight-Bearing Shelves Without Putting Holes in the Wall | Hunker. Weight-bearing shelves support heavy objects, such as mirrors, vases, books and picture frames. But if you want to avoid drilling holes, use an adhesive glue to support your shelf.

Edelweiss Tahlheim

Pundit

How do you reinforce shelves?

Alternatively, you can reinforce your shelves by placing some plywood planks between them. If you want them to match the shelves, you can stain and sand them. Once the plywood is ready, insert it vertically between the sagging shelf and the one below it. Then, nail the plywood into the wall at the top and bottom.

Tommye Friedwald

Teacher

Can you hang shelves without putting holes in the wall?

Hanging Weight-Bearing Shelves Without Putting Holes in the Wall. Weight-bearing shelves support heavy objects, such as mirrors, vases, books and picture frames. But if you want to avoid drilling holes, use an adhesive glue to support your shelf.

Sarasvati Vlasak

Teacher

Anta Sard

Reviewer

How do you stick something to the wall?

Use hooks with special adhesive
3M and other manufacturers sell hooks with special adhesive that stick to your wall when you need them but can be quickly and easily removed without damaging your walls. They can generally hold a few pounds, but aren't necessarily made for heavier pieces.

Heraclio Maguregui

Reviewer

How do you hang shelves with hidden brackets?

A few screw options:
  1. Screw into the top of the back just under the shelf, then tack up a bit of molding there to cover the screws.
  2. Make the screws a decorative element. I've used "countersink washers" for this before.
  3. For future use, attach the back to the wall first with screws where the shelf brackets will go.

Vladyslav Uehlemann

Reviewer

Do shelves need to go into studs?

If you're drilling into a stud, you do not need anchors. You can just go ahead and screw right into the stud. If there isn't a stud, you'll definitely want to install wall anchors so your shelf is sturdy and able to hold more weight. You can find wall anchors in various weight limits at your local hardware store.

Alvard Lejarcegui

Supporter

How far should floating shelves be above toilet?

They should be at least 1" less than the depth of the toilet tank lid usually 6" but measure the depth of you toilet tank. The bottom shelf should be high enough so you can remove the tank lid for any reason - 10" to 12".

Angelito Capasso

Beginner

How deep should Shelves be?

The standard depth of most shelves is 16 to 20 inches deep. The highest shelf should be shallower, like 12 inches deep, to make those items easier to access.

Diti Leandro

Beginner

Where should I put floating shelves?

Hung all in a row, you can actually use floating shelves in place of a bookcase. If all of your books are similarly sized, you can hang the shelves equidistant from one another. However, floating shelves would also allow you to customize the space between each shelf to account for books of all different sizes.

Wilman Zeilhofer

Beginner

How do you hang floating shelves in a kitchen?

The basic concept is to drill and insert the threaded rods into the holes in the studs. Then make corresponding holes in the shelf. Then slide (or pound) the shelf onto the rods. Start by using a level to put a line on your wall where your shelf will go.