How to Fit Floating Shelves

Updated February 21, 2017

Floating shelves do not use brackets to support the shelf from underneath. This type of shelf uses an unseen wooden or metal bracket to give the appearance that the shelf is “floating” against a wall. You can fit floating shelves on any wall in your home by first determining where the shelf will be located and then installing or attaching the bracket.

Run the stud finder along the wall. Mark the location of the studs with the pencil.

Place the metal bracket on the stud mark. Set the level on top of the bracket to verify that the position is level on the wall. Mark the location of the drill holes for the mounting screws with the pencil.

Drill holes for the mounting screws on the marks with the power drill.

Place the metal bracket on the wall and insert the screws into the mounting holes. Tighten the screws with the power drill or a screwdriver.

Insert the shelf over the two poles attached to the metal bracket.

Insert a screw into the screw holes near the back of the shelf. Tighten the screws with the screwdriver to secure the shelf to the bracket.

Set the level on the shelf to verify that it is positioned correctly on the wall.


Level is indicated when the bubble is between the two parallel lines on the level. Turn the shelf upside-down if you do not want the screws securing the shelf to the bracket on the top of the shelf.


If the wall does not have any studs, use a screw anchor when mounting the metal bracket to the wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Metal bracket
  • Level
  • Power drill
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
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Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.