Floating shelves are very cool to look at and fit many styles of rooms. They’re not overly difficult to install and maintain either.
That being said, there are things that you might want to know about before you go installing them in random parts of your house. There are ways and means to do so more efficiently than others.
Let’s take a look at some of the main things to know about before installing a floating shelf, shall we?
Make Sure You Know Where Your Wall Studs are
Not every part of your walls are the same strength and thickness. Certain portions of walling are stronger than others. The wall studs are parts of the wall that are held stronger and already have ideal bolt slots that would be perfect for your floating shelf.
Should you try to bolt your floating shelves in random spots on your wall, there’s no knowing how much support you’ll need to include in order to keep the floating shelves stable. You may need extra bolts and other supports to reduce the risk of the shelf falling off the wall.
The wall studs will actually hold up your floating shelf quite well, with minimal support. It will make your installation job that much easier!
Consider Reinforcing Your Wall Before Beginning Installation
Whether your wall studs are a good spot to install your floating wooden shelves or not, it may be prudent to reinforce the spot anyway. You can open the wall up and have the studs worked on directly or upgraded.
Doing so will reduce the likelihood that your floating shelf will have any stability issues.
You can also install blocks on your wall to further improve the studs. They will help reinforce the wall further and improve the odds of your installation being easy and successful.
Find as Many Studs as Possible Before You Start
Studs are positioned along the wall in rows. Each one is exactly 16 inches from the last. So, once you’ve located one of them, it is a simple matter to find the rest of them in the row.
The more studs that you’ve found and prepared for your shelf, the more stable the shelf will be. You can also then plan out the style and shape of your floating shelf based on the location of the studs. It is always good to plan out such things before you go anywhere near actually installing them!
Make Sure You Have the Proper Balancing Tools at the Ready
As soon as you’ve finished installing the floating shelf, you’ll need to be able to balance and level all the shelves out while it dries. The glue typically used for these shelves isn’t strong enough to hold them in place, to begin with. You need to have a way to hold it all in place. You don’t want to end up holding it up by yourself for hours!
If you don’t have the proper tools on-hand, you can always set up some strong planks at the right levels to hold it up in the meantime. That way, you won’t have to worry about anything while the glue dries.
Do Your Research
Don’t just buy the first floating shelf you find. You need to be sure that you have the perfect floating shelf for the space you plan to install it. There’s no one shelf that fits all in this area. It is imperative that you take the time to look into the styles and sizes of floating shelves that you might like.
There are many different types of floating shelves. Some are held up by tubes, others by ropes, and still others by large chains. Each type of shelf will bring a different aesthetic to the room you mean to place it in. You can’t just pick any random one.
On top of that, you also need to know what size of floating shelf is best for the position you mean to place it in. It is imperative that you learn what will fit in the spot you mean to place it in before you actually buy and attempt to install it.
Putting All These Together
The first things you need to worry about are choosing the room you mean to place the floating shelf in and then the style of shelf you want to use. You will need to know these things before you can go anywhere near installation.
Once you know this, you can decide on the spot that you meant to install the floating shelf. The main thing to look for is the wall studs. Finding these and aiming to install your floating shelf on them will greatly reduce the amount of effort you will need to put into it.
After you’ve done this, you can decide on the size of your shelf. Make sure you design it to fit the space without being too close to the ground. This will avoid any issues with spacing later on.
Now that you know all of this, you can determine if you need to reinforce the wall at all to ensure that your floating shelf will be well secured. It is always best to reinforce it before you try to install the shelves, as it is more difficult to reinforce the position once the shelf is already there.
These are just some of the main basic things to look into and consider before you go about installing your floating shelf. While it is entirely up to you what kind of shelf you want to have installed, it is always best to have a look around and really know what you are doing before you attempt to install one.
If you are still not completely sure about how to install your floating shelf by yourself, it may be best to call a professional in to do it for you!