How To Install Floating Shelves

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Wrangling your bathroom products and accessories just got a lot more stylish with these easy-to-install floating shelves.

How To Install Floating Shelves

How To Install Floating Shelves

Materials


Tools


Step 1: Locate the Studs

How To Install Floating Shelves - Locate Studs

Using a stud finder, determine the location of the studs, as well as the shelf placement. Make light pencil marks on the wall as a guide. Make sure at least one of the screws in the mounting brackets will be secured to a stud. If there aren’t any studs available in your ideal wall location, you will need to install proper anchors to support the shelf’s weight.

Note: Depending on the desired height of your shelves, you may need a ladder to ensure accurate placement.


Step 2: Attach the Bracket

How To Install Floating Shelves - Attach Bracket

With the final placement of the shelf determined, use a screwdriver or drill to secure the internal bracket to the wall using the supplied hardware. Check to make sure it’s level; if not, make any adjustments before adding the final screws.


Step 3: Determine Shelf Placement

How To Install Floating Shelves - Determine Shelf Placement

If you’re installing multiple shelves, note where on the wall they will go by measuring off the installed bracket. Also consider what you’ll be placing on the shelves to determine adequate distance between each shelf.  For example, for hair products, you may want to allow for 12-inches between shelves, etc.


Step 4: Install Other Brackets

How To Install Floating Shelves - Install Other Bracket

Use a screwdriver or drill to install internal brackets for any additional shelves. Ensure they are all level.


Step 5: Add Shelf Casing and Secure

How To Install Floating Shelves - Add Shelf Casing

With all the internal brackets properly secured, slide the shelf casing onto the bracket. Secure in place by tightening the set screws found underneath each shelf.

Step 6: Add Flair

How To Install Floating Shelves - Add Flair

Decorate and enjoy!