Learn how to Set up Shelf Brackets

Putting in our metal shelf brackets and different hardware might be simpler than you think. With just a few tools and somewhat preparation, open shelving is a simple DIY project. Most of the similar instruments and tips work for putting in our different hardware like metal hooks, coat racks, towel bars, and different projects (see beneath for particular ideas).

Shelf Bracket Installation

As a common rule, it is at all times ideally suited to install shelf brackets into wall studs. However, it can be tough to install brackets directly on a wall stud In that case, we advocate using a toggle anchor (which are available for buy right here). The set up directions are similar. *If putting in into tile, brick, or additional thick dry wall, please read under for further recommendations.


7/sixteen” Wrench or Socket

Stud Finder


Electric Drill

Pencil & Masking Tape

Lag Bolts (we include these with every bracket order but in addition available at your local hardware store) OR vital bolts for specialty set up into concrete or brick set up*

Digital stud finder may be helpful


1. Earlier than beginning, affirm the bracket and shelf are the correct size and fit together. Determine vital bolts and hardware wanted for particular project. Note: if you’re using a J fashion bracket, we include a flush mount screw for backside hole in case shelf interferes.

2. Figuring out the place you’d like the shelf. Place a protracted piece of masking tape horizontally alongside the wall, spanning the length of your piece of wood shelf.(this additionally givs an incredible visual of how your cabinets will look before making the commitment!)Using a level, mark a degree line alongside the tape.

3. Locate the studs in the wall and mark the studs along the level line. (Not able to locate studs? Use advisable toggle bolt anchors instead)

4. Pre-drill a three/16″ gap the place your degree line and your studs intersect (pre-drilling additionally helps the lag bolt go in smoothly and reduces likelihood of bolt head breaking)

5. Remove all masking tape from the wall.

6. Set up the brackets with the provided bolts utilizing a wrench or socket. (If utilizing J brackets, flush mount screws are included for bottom bolt hole if needed)

7. Place your wood onto the brackets. (L brackets require wood screwed directly onto bracket arm).

Installation Without Wall Studs:

When wall studs aren’t available, we strongly counsel using toggle bolts. They’re an increaseable anchor that grips the back side of the drywall. They’re simpler to use than they look! We’ve them available for purchase that match our different hardware, which is desirered in case you are mounting some brackets into studs and others with the toggle bolts. They can be found at any native hardware store. For our toggles, use a 5/eight” drill bit to pre-drill the hole.

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