What You Need to Know About Installing Home Shelving
Sufficient shelving is one of the best ways to add storage space to any room. Home shelving can be ideal for storing virtually anything in the home or for display purposes. No matter the use, wall shelving really is very easy to install, and no matter your skill level when it comes to home improvements, you can install metal wall supports and shelving without assistance. Take into account the available upright space in your home, and use the following steps and directions to add more storage or a spot to display your beloved collectibles.
Locate wall studs. Finding at least one wall stud will help to make your wall shelving safe and secure. Before adding shelving, use a basic magnetic or electronic stud finder to locate the studs in the wall. Stud locators are sold in different price ranges, and even an inexpensive stud finder will be adequate for the job.
Installing and leveling standards. The metal bars that support the shelving brackets are called standards. They are very easy to install and level vertically. 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. In this way, modifications can be made. Also, the screw should be at minimum 1″ in length so that it will sufficiently 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. To prevent the shelving sagging, be sure to use at least three standards.
Once the first standard is in place, use a level to determine the correct vertical position, and sink a screw into the next 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 also have to make certain the standards are placed at the same height so the shelving will be level, and this is easily achieved by utilized a laser level or a long carpenter’s level. Mark the proper locations with a carpenter’s pencil.
If the second standard will not be placed over a wall stud, you will have to use wall anchors. Toggle bolts are the best type of wall anchors to utilize for this purpose. The wings are movable, and after the attachment and bolt are positioned through the wall, the wings automatically open and hold the heavy item in position. Plastic wall anchors can also be used, but make sure they are capable of holding 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.
Install brackets. Once the standards are in place, install the brackets that will support the shelving. If the brackets are not long enough to accommodate the shelves, they 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 heavier items are to be stored on shelving, be certain to pay extra attention to the weight load rating of the brackets.
Install shelving on brackets. The last step is to install the shelving on the brackets. It is not necessary to use expensive readymade finished or laminate wood shelving. Inexpensive wooden planks bought at your community home improvement outlet can be used instead. They can be cut to specifications before purchase, and they can be painted and decorated to match any color or style of room decor.
Carol Mcguire is a popular contributor for WallDecorandHomeAccents.com, a site that specializes in floor and table lamps. Read other articles about decorating a home with tuscan style and how to redo your living room.
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