How to Attach an Open Box Shelf to a Wall

Updated March 29, 2018

Open-box shelves are a quick and easy storage solution. Unlike wall mounted shelves that only have one surface to rest items on, open box shelves allow you to drop items into the interior of the shelf as well as the top. The shelves are essentially wall mounted baskets, which allow you to keep lots of clutter from gathering on floors and tables. You can install open box shelves easily.

Get an idea of where you want to place the open-box shelf on your wall and mark the space with a strip of masking tape the same width as the shelf. Lay the masking tape on the wall in the same spot that you intend to put the mounting strip.

Use a pencil to mark the area on the masking tape where you will drill the two holes for the wall anchors.

Using a power drill, drill two holes into the wall at the spaces on the masking tape you have marked. Make sure that the holes you are drilling are no wider than the anchors you are going to insert.

Remove the masking tape from the wall.

Insert the wall anchors into the holes you have drilled. You may need to tap them in with a hammer.

Drill holes in the box shelf in the side that you plan to mount against the wall. The holes should be the exact same distance apart as the ones you drilled for the anchors. Lay the mounting strip behind the box and drill through it, so that the holes in the box shelf line up with the holes on the mounting strip and in the wall.

Place the mounting strip against the wall and lay the box shelf in front of it. The three sets of holes in the box shelf, the mounting strip and the wall should all be lined up.

Using a power drill, drill screws through the box and the mounting strip and into the anchors that you have placed in the wall. After drilling, be sure to tighten the screws with a screwdriver so that the anchors fully open against the inside of the wall. The box shelf should now be sturdy and secure.

Things You'll Need

  • Masking Tape
  • Pencil
  • Mounting strips
  • Wall anchors
  • Screws
  • Power drill
  • Screwdriver
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