How to hang a wall bookcase

Written by debbie tolle
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Wall hung bookcases are a great way to display your favourite books and decorations without taking up floor space. The most important factor when hanging your bookcase is to secure it to your wall studs. Anchoring your bookcase to wall studs will keep it from collapsing from the weight of your books. A simple method of installation would be to hang your bookcase in the same manner as a wall cabinet. Driving screws through the shelf braces will accomplish this.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • 4-foot level
  • Variable speed drill
  • Drill bits
  • 3-inch wood screws

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    Measure the width of your bookcase and write it down so that you do not forget it, and then use your stud finder to locate at least two studs that you can secure your bookcase to. Use two studs that are the furthest away from each other. Preferably you will have a stud on each end of your bookcase to secure to. Mark the stud locations on the wall with your pencil.

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    At the first stud location measure from the floor up to your desired height for the top of your bookcase and make a pencil mark. Follow the same procedure with the second stud location. You should have two marks on the wall the exact same height. Use your level or a straight edge and draw a straight line between the two marks. Place your level to the wall on the line to make sure that your marks are the same height. When you hang your bookcase you can use this line to help make sure that it is level.

  3. 3

    Ask two people to hold the bookcase up to the wall making sure that the top is level with the line that you traced. While your helpers are holding the bookcase drive a 2-inch nail into each stud directly underneath the bottom of the bookcase. This procedure will allow the weight of the bookcase to rest on the nails and not your helpers.

  4. 4

    Use your variable speed drill and a drill bit that is one size smaller or thinner than your wood screws to drill pilot holes in the shelf braces. Shelf braces are located at the back of your bookcase directly underneath each shelf. Complete this step on each brace and on each side of the bookcase. The pilot holes must be drilled in the location of the wall studs. When you drill your pilot holes make sure that you drill all the way through the brace board. This will keep the board from splitting when you insert the screws.

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    Insert a screw into each hole and tighten it with your drill and a Philips head drill bit. The screws will go into your wall studs and provide a firm solid installation for your bookcase. Remove the nails from underneath the bookcase and fill the holes with spackle.

Tips and warnings

  • If your drill the two top holes and insert a screw into each one your helpers can let go of the bookcase.
  • After inserting the two top screws set your level on the top of the bookcase. If it is slightly off, you can remove one of the screws to adjust the bookcase and then resecure it to the wall.
  • If you cannot use studs to hang your bookcase make sure that you use anchors that are rated for heavy objects. If you use the wrong rating your bookcase can collapse.

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