13 Jan Floating Shelf Brackets: How to Fix Floating Shelf Brackets
So you found a great floating shelf on sale at your local craft store. You’ve made all the measurements to make sure the floating shelves and brackets are strong enough, but you want to fix them independently despite having no experience. The good news is you can make it happen; however, you will need to follow the required instructions to the word. What are those instructions? Read on to learn more about them.
Use a Stud Finder
First and foremost, you will need to get a stud finder. Once you get one, place it on the wall horizontally to find studs. Mark the locations of the studs with a pencil.
If you can’t get your hands on a stud finder, you can look for studs by locating small dimples in the trim. Or you could knock on the wall until you find a solid sound instead of a hollow one.
Drill into Studs
To drill into studs, you will need a 0.64cm (0.25 inches) drill. Once you have drilled a small hole, you will need to switch to a 1.3cm (0.5 inches) drill for the brackets, make sure you do not drill too deep.
To avoid drilling too deep, measure the bracket’s length and then mark the drill bit with tape.
Secure the First Bracket
For the first bracket, place it in the hole. Keep turning it until you feel some resistance. Make sure the bracket is aligned correctly, and keep turning it until it is completely secured.
If you do not feel any resistance while turning the bracket into its respective hole, pull it out. Make sure you have the right end of the bracket, and then place it back. Keep turning clockwise so that the bracket expands.
Place the Second Bracket
To make sure your shelf is steady and even, you will need a level and a stud finder to determine where to place the second bracket. Use a pencil to mark where the second bracket will be installed.
Keep in mind, the distance between the two brackets should not exceed the length of your shelf.
Secure the Second Bracket
Following the same process explained above, drill a hole in the stud using the right drills. Then, place the second bracket in the new hole, and keep twisting it until it is secure.
Once you have placed the second bracket, there is no harm in using a level to make sure the brackets create a level surface. If the brackets are not even, you will need to remove one and reinstall it again after realigning it.
Drill Bracket Holes into your Floating Shelf
Using a ruler, you will need to measure the distance from the bracket to the other. This will allow you to know exactly where to drill holes into your floating shelf. Since there is no room for error, you will need to be precise. If need be, take the necessary measurements a few extra times to be on the safe side. Write down the measurements so that you do not forget.
Use the measurements to mark the locations on the back of your floating shelf where you will need to drill with a pencil. The holes need to be straight and level with each other. Carefully drill the holes in the floating shelf.
Slide the Floating Shelf into Place
Clear the holes of any dust and slide the floating shelf onto the brackets you installed in the wall. Again, use a level to ensure the floating shelf is even.
All in all, you have everything there is to know about installing floating shelf brackets. If you follow the instructions provided, there is absolutely no reason why you will have any problems. Remember, though, only drill when you are confident about your measurements. If you are having problems of any kind and are unsure whether you will be able to pull through, it would be a good idea to hire a professional instead. Better to be safe than sorry, right?