How To Install Shelf Brackets Using Drywall Anchors

Storage space is always at a premium when you are living with several people. The amount of stuff that should be stored can be staggering. You need more space in the pantry, in the linen closets, the bedroom closets, the bathroom, the kitchen and even in the living and/or family room. You may have found yourself with plenty of electronic equipment that you do not know where to place anymore. Luckily there are tools and accessories available today that can help you make and install new shelves just about anywhere. When you want to install some shelves on drywall you have to use drywall anchors in the absence of wall studs. The anchors help hold the screws in place without tearing the drywall because of the weight of the items that are placed on the shelves. Here are some tips on how to install shelf brackets using drywall anchors.

  • Decide where you want to install the shelves and how large the shelves will be. You should also decide how many shelves you have to install. The width of the shelf will determine the distance between the shelf brackets. Shelf brackets are available in different lengths, pre-drilled and with evenly-spaced slots to hold the arm brackets. The shelf brackets, the shelf arm brackets and the shelf are meant to be used together.
  • Know what items will be placed on the shelves. Drywall anchors are designed to conform to different weights. If you are going to place heavy items on the shelves, you should get drywall anchors meant to hold up to ninety pounds. You can use 30-pound drywall anchors if you are going to place regular items on the shelves, like in the linen closet, that do not weigh that much.
  • You will normally install three drywall anchors for each shelf bracket so you will need six pieces for each set of shelf brackets.
  • Measure the distance from the ceiling to the top of the shelf bracket and place a mark on the wall. Do the same for the other side, after measuring the width of the shelf. Make sure that the tops of the two shelf brackets are aligned.
  • Run a line perpendicular to the mark on top. Use a carpenter’s level to determine that it is straight and leveled. Do the same for the other side. Drill pilot holes for the top, middle and bottom holes of the shelf bracket, using the pre-drilled holes on the shelf bracket as guide.
  • Attach a Philips head on the hand drill, place the drywall anchor on the Philips head and position it on the pilot hole. Using a slow speed, drive the drywall anchor through the drywall until it is snug and tight.
  • Get the screw for the shelf bracket and place it on tip of the Philips head, push it through the hole on the shelf bracket and to the drywall anchor. Again using a slow speed, screw the top of the shelf bracket to the drywall anchor. Do not tighten it completely. You should be able to swing the shelf bracket from side to side. Repeat the process for the middle and bottom holes as well as on the other piece of shelf bracket. Tighten the screw completely when you are done.

After installing the shelf brackets using drywall anchors, you are now ready to install the arm brackets. Choose the right height for the top shelf and push the arm brackets into the slots. Place the shelf over the arm brackets, centering it. Pull the shelf forward until the front wire of the shelf engages on the hooks on the front ends of the arm brackets to lock the shelf in place.


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