Home / News / Shelves As A Part Of Decor

Shelves As A Part Of Decor

Shelves As A Part Of Decor

Shelves as a part of décor or How you should put a shelf When you create your home space, every detail is significantly important. Shelf is not just some part of furniture; it is an essential attribute of any room décor. Adding new shelves is a great way of saving valuable floor space and showing off accessories

Shelves as a part of décor or How you should put a shelf

When you create your home space, every detail is significantly important. Shelf is not just some part of furniture; it is an essential attribute of any room décor. Adding new shelves is a great way of saving valuable floor space and showing off accessories such as pictures, family photos or books. So pay attention while choosing shelves for your living-room or bedroom. The same is about putting them on the wall. An improperly installed shelf will look bad, won’t last very long, and is a safety hazard.

Check your walls first

Before drilling, hammering or putting a screw into a wall, be sure you’ve checked what’s behind it with a pipe, cable and stud detector (also known as a multi-purpose digital detector). They’re simple to use and will let you know if there are any pipes, cables or studs where you’re planning to work. Simply run it over the surface of the area and it will tell you where hazards lie.

On masonry walls – walls made from bricks and mortar – you’ll need a hammer-action drill with a masonry bit. You’ll also need at least 50 mm. screws and wall plugs to go through the plaster and into the wall behind.

For stud partition walls, the screws need to go directly into the timber noggins (horizontal brace) or studs (vertical part of the frame). You can find them by just tapping, listening or by using an electric stud detector.

For heavy loads we’d recommend 38mm. or 50mm. screws as these have a strong fixing and don’t need wall plugs. The screws should be the heaviest gauge that the holes in the bracket will take. This is usually a 4mm. gauge on small brackets and 5mm or 5.5mm on larger ones.

 

Things you need

 

Shelving materials and brackets

If shelves are made from a variety of materials (from chipboard and MDF to high quality hardwoods like oak and beech), try to choose and space your brackets according to the shelf material, its thickness and the load the shelf will be supporting. Whether they are fixed or part of an adjustable shelf system, they are available in light, medium or heavyweight versions. Most importantly, your shelves and brackets need to be suitable to support the weight load they will hold.

You should fit shelf brackets with the longer arm against the wall and the shorter one under the shelf. Remember, the length of the longer arm will show you how closely you can fit the shelves on top of each other.

Step 1

Check that the area behind the wall is free from any hidden pipes or cables before you fix your brackets. Hold the shelf against the wall and pencil where you’d like the bottom to go.

Step 2

Then, mark where the first bracket should be, as well as the distance to the next bracket.

Step 3

Check that the marks are level, (to avoid an un-level shelf), use a spirit level.

Step 4

Hold the first bracket up to the mark, check it’s straight and pencil the wall through the fixing holes. Do the same again for the second bracket. If there are more than two brackets, fit them between the outer brackets, equal distances apart.

Step 5

Drill into the wall and screw the brackets into place. Lay the shelf across and make a mark through the holes in the brackets for the fixing screws underneath it. Then, take the shelf down and drill pilot holes on the bottom for the short screws – be careful not to go right through to the other side. Replace the shelf and then carefully screw in the fixing screws.

With floating (or hidden fixture) shelves you can store items like small books and light ornaments without any visible support. These are generally a kit with the shelf already prepared and are available in various different lengths and styles.

Simply fix a metal bracket strip to the wall, from which two bars support the pre-drilled shelf which slot into position inside the shelf.

This option looks great, but it does come with some minor drawbacks. If your wall isn’t completely flat, the metal bracket strip won’t fit against it properly. Also, the shelf itself looks quite thick, as it has to accommodate the bars. This type of shelving isn’t that strong, so is better suited to lighter objects instead of heavy ones. Floating shelves can generally hold 15-25 kilograms (kg) weight load. However, always check the packaging for the maximum weight.

Step 4

Check the level again. If you have worked carefully through the steps, your shelf should be perfectly level.

One more thing – never forget to wear protective gloves for preventing injures.

 

Related posts

Minimum 6 characters