Locate wall studs. If you want to have secure and safe wall shelving, it is important to find at least one wall stud. A stud locator can be used to locate the studs in the wall before installing shelving. Stud finders are available in all price ranges, and even an inexpensive stud finder will do the job.
Leveling and installing wall standards. The metal bars that support the shelf brackets are sometimes called standards. They are very simple to hang and level upright. Upon finding a stud in the wall, use an appropriately sized decking screw or drywall screw to secure the first standard to the wall; be cautious not to screw it in all the way. This will permit alterations to be made. Also, the screw must be at minimum one-inch in length so it will totally support the weight of the shelving and displayed items. Keep in mind that shelving over thirty-six inches in length or a unit that will hold more than two shelves should be outfitted with more than two standards. Utilize at minimum three standards to be certain that the load will hold securely, and to guard against the shelving sagging.
Once you have put the first standard into place, you may use a level to find the right position and then sink a screw into the preceding hole. Securely attach screws to the wall in the rest of the holes, and do the same with the next standard after determining the distance it should be positioned from the first one. You will additionally have to be certain that the standards are positioned at the same height so the shelving will be level, and this is easily accomplished by utilized a laser level or a long carpenter's level. Use a pencil to mark the proper locations.
In the event that the second standard will not be on a wall stud, you must utilize wall anchors. The optimal types of wall anchors are toggle bolts. The wings are movable, and after the attachment and bolt are placed through the wall, the wings instantly open and secure the heavy item in place. Wall anchors made from plastic should also be utilized, but make sure they have the capacity of supporting the weight of shelves and displayed items. Use the same method of installing center standards, if necessary, but make sure the toggle bolts will fit through the holes if they must be used.
Hang brackets. Put in the brackets that will support the shelving once the standards are in place. Brackets that adequately long to accommodate the shelves can still be used. Simply mark the locations of the tips of the brackets against the bottom of shelving boards, and use a saw to make notches to accommodate the tips. When heavy items are to be stored on shelving, be certain to pay special attention to the weight load rating of the brackets.
Placing shelving on the brackets. Placing the shelving on the brackets. Expensive prefabricated finished or laminate wooden shelving is not required. Cheap wooden planks bought at your local home improvement store can be used instead. It is a great idea to cut them to your particular specifications prior to purchase and they can also be decorated or painted to coordinate with any color or style.
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