Ways to hang floating shelves

Written by erin maurer
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
Ways to hang floating shelves
Floating shelves appear to float out from the wall without a visible bracket. (girls on shelves image by Cherry-Merry from Fotolia.com)

Floating shelves, also known as bracketless shelves, get their name because they appear to float on a shelf with no visible brackets. For many do-it-yourselfers figuring out the proper way to hang floating shelves is a tricky prospect. People who have previously struggled with hanging floating shelves in their personal spaces should consider using a hanging product designed to help resolve the frustration and confusion associated with this project. Additionally, several methods for hanging shelves help homeowners create a custom shelving option.

Other People Are Reading

Floating Wall Shelf Kits

When purchasing floating shelves, consider looking for products that include hardware kits, recommends the Wall Shelf website. One benefit to purchasing a wall shelf kit is that it contains all the necessary hardware and hanging instructions. For floating shelves, hanging kits typically include a bracket hidden in the wall to hold the shelf in place. Holes are drilled into the wall and metal brackets are sunk into the wall. Often the brackets stick out from the wall and fit into holes on the back of the shelf. Proper hanging typically requires the use of products such as a level and a drill. The HGTV website recommends using a laser level to create the most precise line, ensuring shelves hang straightly on the wall.

Hang 'Em Awl

The Hang 'Em Awl is an individualised product designed to help ease some of the confusion associated with hanging items, such as floating shelves, on the walls. The awl is a patent-pending product that fits into the grooves on the back of a floating shelf, according to the official Hang 'Em Awl website. By fitting into these grooves, the awl allows users to mark the wall in precisely the correct space. Use this product in conjunction with a hanging hardware kit or users may purchase their own hardware. In most cases using a Hang 'Em Awl product to hang shelves eliminates the need for using a level by marking the proper position squarely on the wall, according to the product's website.

Ledge Brackets

In addition to drilling holes and sinking metal shelf brackets into the wall, homeowners have the ability to hang their shelves using the ledge bracket method, according to the Wood Web website. The ledge bracket method involves attaching a piece of wood to the wall with a small ledge sticking out from the board. This ledge fits into a groove on the back of the shelf to create a tight hold without using brackets. The shelf is help up by the ledge instead of by a screw and bracket system sunk into the wall. HGTV recommends using the ledge bracket method for hanging floating shelves.

Don't Miss

  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.