How do I install shelving?

SYNOPSIS

Installing shelves is a simple task if you understand the steps involved.

TRANSCRIPT

Today we’re going to discuss the installation of shelving. Probably one of the simplest things to do, but for most people, the hardest thing to figure out how.Before we install shelving, there’s a couple of things that we need to determine in order to make this job successful. First thing is the weight factor that’s going to be placed on these shelves. Second thing, the makeup of the wall itself that were going to put this onto. Most walls that you’re going to come across in your home are made up of drywall and two-by-fours. Drywall is a half inch piece of gypsum board that covers the entire inside of your house. It is attached to individual two-by-fours that are the structural member of your house. Two-by-fours are actually only half an inch thick and in most houses are placed 16 inches on center. The heavier shelves that we would use need to be and should be installed onto the framing member of the two-by-four where some of the lighter weight shelvings that we use can be installed into drywall with approved fasteners. To start the process we want to determine where our two-by-fours are at. We do that in a couple of different ways. We can either use a stud sensor, find the first two-by-four, mark over 16 inches, continually, and you should have that. The second thing you can do is a little trick of knocking on the wall. See where it sounds less dense and go from there. Once you find one two-by-four, you should be able to mark over and find the other ones. Let’s go to the process of actually installing our shelves. The first one that we have up here is with utility brackets and a shelf sitting on top. We mounted this one into the drywall using an anchor system that supports itself on the drywall. This shelf right here will probably hold up to about 50 pounds. We figure out first our heighth of the shelves that we want, we draw level line straight across. On that level line is where we drill our hole to mount our two screws. From there, we do the other bracket and we set this one right on top.The next shelf that we are going to discuss is wire shelving. Probably something that a lot of have in your homes, a lot of you use in your closets. This particular shelf that we put in here is mounted into drywall with approved fasteners that come with the shelving. We drilled our holes, we mounted the anchor in, pushed in the nail, covered up the clip, set our shelf in and let it hang. Now we have our level. Now we need our support system for this. The support system that I’m showing you here today is an angled wall support. With these particular ones, we want to raise our shelve to level, place this bracket onto the front of the shelf, onto the wall, and make a mark. Pull it off, drill our hole and set it in. You’ll notice on this particular bracket right there, we actually hit a two-by-four. So the drywall anchor that we had and have with the unit didn’t work. We improvise. We take a regular screw, mount it in. It’s actually a stronger setup. Not necessary, but stronger. Do the other side here, hollow anchor, pushed it in, we were good to go.List of tools that we may need: let’s start with our laser level. Battery operated mounts to the wall. Shows a red line straight across. You need to level it out, and from there you’ll be able to mount your screws in a level area. If we don’t have one of those, just go to a straight line level. Four foot, three foot, many different sizes. You’re going to put that on the wall, you’re going to make your mark at the height you want your shelves, place your level on that mark, get the bubble to level.The next thing we’ll need is a drill. Cordless drill, drywall anchors if we’re mounting into there. A stud finder to find the studs, a hammer to put in those stubborn anchors that we might need to use a little force to, Phillips screwdriver, slotted screwdriver, and finally, a tape measure, so we can mark our heights and find out exactly where we want our shelves to be.Shelves are a very simple thing to put up. Failure with them usually comes with the fact that people do not install them based on the fact of how much weight they’re putting on them. So if you realize the things we’ve already talked about, the placement of the two-by-fours, where the drywall is, and how much weight you’e going to put on there, and use the proper anchors, this will be a very simple process for you.

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