What needs to be considered when putting up a floating wall shelf?

Floating wall shelves can look very beautiful and interesting in the home interior. It is a great way how to save space in your home and organize your mementos. Market nowadays is full with different kinds of floating wall shelves in different shapes and colors. Once you have chosen the perfect shelf for your needs, it is important to know how to install the shelf for it to be safe and functional.

Firstly, it is very important to determine what type of wall you have and where you would like to put up the shelves. It can be a concrete wall, a brick wall, plasterboard or a drywall. It is crucial to understand which type of wall you have to decide which installation set you will need for the shelf to be assembled correctly. For a concrete wall, brick wall or in a situation where you already have wall studs, the wall plug will suit perfectly. For a drywall it is best to search for the studs and place the supports there but not always that it the most suitable place for the shelf to be hung. But do not worry, you can assemble the shelf to a drywall as well, just remember you will need drywall dowels/ drywall anchor plugs so the shelf would be assembled sturdy. If you have a drywall you can purchase plugs with which you will not need predrilled holes into the wall, the dowel has to be screwed into the correct place on its own, it perfectly goes through the drywall and assures that the fixing place is sturdy and safe. And it can safe a lot of hassle as well! 

Secondly, when you have acknowledged which type of wall you have, you have to decide where the shelf will be installed to give the best look and functionality. It is very important to check the wall with a digital detector to see if the place in the wall where the shelf is being installed is free of cables or pipes to avoid further disaster. When that is done, you need to understand at what height the shelf will be placed and mark little dots on the wall which corresponds to the holes in your brackets. When you do it, you should check with a spirit level if the dots are made in line so the shelf would be leveled.

Afterwards, you have to attach the wall fixings. As mentioned before, this can vary of the fact which type of wall you have and which fixings you have to use. For a concrete wall you drill the holes in the marks on the wall and put the dowels inside with hammer. But for a drywall you screw the drywall dowel directly into the dots without predrilled holes (if the plug is meant to be attached without predrilled holes). Once you are done with that you can screw the brackets on and push the shelf on and you are done!

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