Home DIY: Installing Shelves

The best way to add accessible storage to any room of your home is to install shelves. To make the project simple and quick, consider using the following installation tips. They range from guiding you through finding a stud to advising you about the best fasteners. 

 Locate the Studs

The first step to DIY shelf installation is to locate the studs inside your home’s wall because this is the safest place to anchor your shelf. Once you’ve found them with your electronic stud finder, use a level and a pencil to draw a straight line across the space where you intend to install the shelf. The shelf will block the line from view once it is in place. 

Add a strip of painter’s tape just over the pencil line. This will prevent you from stripping off the paint when you remove the tape. Then, mark the centers of the studs on the tape. With the studs marked, you can make sure that your shelf is safely anchored to as many studs as possible. The tape is also a perfect leveling and shelf connection guide. By marking your measuring spots on the tape, you’ll avoid permanent marks on your walls. 

 Use Handy Figure Eight Fasteners 

Figure eight fasteners are made to connect desktops and tables to aprons, which is the vertical section that runs around a furniture item's perimeter, but this kind of fastener is also ideal for hanging shelves. You can buy a pack of eight of them online or from a woodworking store. The only problem with figure eight fasteners is that if you hang the shelf low, the top of it could peek out, so try to place the fasteners along the wall studs. High-end hollow-wall anchors are another fastening option if you’re unable to position the figure eight fasteners just right. 

 Hang Shelves Level with a Laser Level 

If you’re hanging several shelves, then a laser level is worth the investment. A self-leveling laser works the best, but for hanging shelves, any laser that casts a horizontal level line will help you hang them. The nice thing about a laser is that you don’t have to worry about projecting it at your shelf height. Just cast it anywhere across the wall. This will allow you to use it as a reference since all you have to do is measure up from the laser line. You will especially appreciate the use of a laser level if you’re hanging several shelves at varying heights because you won’t have to reposition the laser. 

 Upgrading Your Home with DIY Shelves 

When you upgrade your home with shelves, you’ll appreciate the extra storage space that they’ll provide. From floating shelves that hold decorative items to closet shelves that make organizing easier, this handy home accessory is a needed home element. By installing them yourself, you’ll not only save money, but you’ll also be able to make sure that they’re installed safely and accurately.



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