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How to Mount a Floating Wall-Mounted Shelf

It’s true there are lots of ways to mount a shelf, so let’s be specific – below we'll explain how to mount a “floating” shelf without brackets onto a typical drywall surface.</br></br>Floating <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/storage-organization/wall-mounted-shelves/">wall-mounted shelves</a> can seem quite magical. How do they stick to the wall like that? Luckily, you don’t have to be a wizard to make it happen.</br></br><strong>Step 1: Measure and mark off your shelf location.</strong></br></br>You’ll need a tape measure and pencil for this part. Simply measure how high (and/or how far away from X) you want your shelf to be and mark the location with your pencil.</br></br><strong>Step 2: Draw a straight line.  </strong></br></br>To be exact, you’ll need a ruler (or yardstick, if you prefer) and a <a title="Leveling Tools" href="http://www.atgstores.com/tools/hand-tools/levels-measuring-marking/leveling-tools/" target="_blank">level</a>. First, find your previous mark and put the ruler on it. While holding it in place, put your level on the ruler and adjust it until it’s straight. Remove the level, take your pencil and draw a quick line along the length of your level.</br></br>This line is where your new shelf will go, but may need to be extended (see Step 3). Check it as many times as needed to ensure levelness.</br></br><strong>Step 3: Plot your pilot holes.</strong></br></br>You’ll need a <a title="Stud Finders" href="http://www.atgstores.com/tools/hand-tools/levels-measuring-marking/stud-finders/" target="_blank">stud finder</a> for this part if you want to anchor your shelf to wall studs. And, this is generally a good idea if you intend to put heavy things on your new shelf.</br></br>Search along your line with the finder and place a mark on it when a stud is indicated, one for each fastener used in your new shelf. These marks are the approximate points at which you’ll drill your holes.</br></br><strong>Step 4: Make sure your pilot holes line up.</strong></br></br>Hold your shelf up to the line and check that your marks line up with the mounting holes in your shelf.</br></br><strong>Step 5: Drill your pilot holes and insert your screws.</strong></br></br>Pilot holes for a standard wood screw should be drilled with a1/8-inch bit; however, this may depend on whether you’re also using wall plugs (anchors) or other mounting equipment included with the shelf.</br></br>Once drilled, insert your anchors and/or screws.</br></br><strong>Step 6: Attach your bracket.</strong></br></br>Most floating shelves come with a bracket that will affix flush to the wall by sliding over the screws you just inserted. Place the bracket on the wall and adjust the screws as necessary to ensure a snug fit.</br></br><strong>Step 7: Affix your shelf.</strong></br></br>Now, your shelf should slide onto the bracket and into place.</br></br>Congratulations! You’ve just installed a wall-mounted shelf, which makes you an honorary DIY magician. But, if you decide hanging shelves isn't your thing, you can always <a title="Local Carpenters" href="https://porch.com/local/carpenters?tid=social_atgstores_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~" target="_blank">contact a local carpenter at Porch.com</a>.
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