Tips For Hanging Floating Shelves

Floating shelves can make a great addition to just about any and all rooms in our house. For instance, if you want a more minimalist kitchen, then consider taking down some of your upper cabinets and replacing them with some floating shelves instead. Or, if you want to add some decor to your bathroom, you can hang a floating shelf or two above your toilet. Wherever you want to hang a floating shelf, there are a few tips that you can use to ensure that they are hung well and right. 

Get the Right Brackets

While some home stores may sell floating shelves with large brackets, that may not necessarily be the look you are going for. If you do want the look of actually having a floating shelf, then you will want to get some invisible shelf brackets. Typically, these brackets will look like a long wall hook with small pipes extending out of them. These small pipes are what you will slide the wooden shelf onto and will act as the stabilizer. If you can, try to find some floating shelves that come with the brackets already so that you don't have to drill holes into the shelves. 

Use Wall Mount Screws

A typical wall screw may be good for hanging things like picture frames on your wall but when you are hanging floating shelves, they may not support the weight. Not only do you need screws that will support the weight of the bracket and shelf, but you also need to account for everything that's going on the screws as well. If the invisible shelf brackets don't come with wall mount screws, then you can take it to your local hardware store and they should be able to find you some study screws that will work with your bracket. Just make sure that you are also drilling directly into a stud and not just the drywall. 

Use a Level

The last thing you want is to spend all of this time hanging our floating shelves only to realize they are crooked. Before you start drilling or hammering into the walls, make sure that you use a level. Then, continue using the level throughout the entire hanging process because one small tweak can make it so that our entire shelf is out of line. Just like with anything, it's best to measure and then re-measure over and over to make sure it's as level as possible.