Putting up a one of these new modern floating shelves is seen as an important test of your DIY prowess. Here’s VJ’s guide to fixing a shelf to help you get it right first time.
The HomeServe guide to putting up a shelf
Putting up one of these new modern floating shelves is seen as an important test of your DIY prowess. As long as you have a spare hour to play with follow our simple rules and it’s easy.
The gear you’ll need
A spirit level
Appropriate screws and fixings
An AC electrical detector
Extension cord (if necessary)
Before you start knocking holes in walls, check the area for electric cables using your AC detector. Depending on the model you have, it should flash or beep if there are any currents running through the wall.
BE CAREFUL! Drilling into an electrical cable can give you a major electric shock so take care
If you are placing the Shelf fairly high use a sturdy ladder so you aren’t over stretching
Place the bracket in position on the wall and mark with the pencil just under the bottom right and left hand corners
Check your marks are level using your spirit level – the bubble should be in the middle
Now make more marks where the screws should go
Select a masonry drill bit ever so slightly narrow than the diameter as your wall anchors
Put your safety goggles on and get a good firm standing position
Line the drill up with the marking and drill into the wall slowly and safely
Repeat until you have drilled a pilot hole for every screw marking + the board walls (like these) are very weak, so use hollow wall anchors which are specifically designed to provide a strong fixing. If your wall is solid brick you’ll need a roll plug
Repeat until you have hammered an anchor into every pilot hole
Top tip: if you’re planning to put heavy things on the shelf, consider using butterfly toggles like these for extra support – they need a bigger drill hole and once through spring open to clamp the shelf in place get fixing. If you are using butterfly toggles fix them to the bracket first. They’re so strong that once you have inserted them into the wall you won’t be able to remove them with the bracket in position carefully fixing the screws. Leave them loose at first a bit of movement will make it easy to get all the screws in place when you’re happy with your work, tighten each screw as much as possible.
Great that’s the hard bit sorted, the shelf itself will slot over the bracket, covering all the fixings to give a streamlined sleek look. Nice. Now you’re ready to put it to use!