DIY Network

How to Hang Shelves

These step-by-step instructions demonstrate how to properly hang shelves in a home.

More in Remodeling

how to hang shelves
  • Time

    30 Minutes

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy

Highlights:

Step 1: Locate and Mark the Studs

First locate the studs. In construction, studs are placed 16" on center of a wall or 16" apart. Identify the location of one stud and then measure every 16" to find the others. In the really low tech days, finding the first stud was done by tapping around the wall until the sound changed, then banging a nail into the wall around the area until a stud was struck. This could mean a lot of unnecessary holes. These days there are electronic stud finders that make finding a wall stud a whole lot easier. Once the stud is found, mark the area with a pencil and do a test drill to assure that the stud is hit.

locate and mark studs

Step 2: Make a Template

Make a template that will show exactly where to hang the shelves. Using the template and a pencil, mark on the wall where the shelf will be located. Use a level to help assure the shelf will be level. The template is designed to show exactly where the holes for the shelf brackets go. Tape the template directly to the wall and mark through the template using a pencil.

Step 3: Install the Brackets

Drill holes into the wall to fit the anchors. Using a hammer, tap each anchor into the wall. Line up the bracket in front of the anchor and then fasten the screw into the wall. Now the brackets are ready to support the new shelving.

install the brackets

Was this project helpful?

Don't forget: Read comments and leave your own

Advertisement

COMMENT ON THIS PROJECT

    

Sign in

All fields are required.

E-mail Address:

Password:

Remember me on this computer

Signing in

Please enter your email address and we will send your password

E-mail Address

Your password has been sent and should arrive in your mailbox very soon.

Not a member?

Sign up with DIY Network to share tips with other do-it-yourselfers and comment and ask questions on projects.

It's free and easy.