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How to Fix a Sagging Floating Shelf

Updated February 21, 2017

Floating shelves can be a beautiful addition to any room and provide extra storage and display space. However, they can eventually begin to sag under the weight of objects or improper placement. Fixing a sagging floating shelf before it becomes impossible to use anymore is the best way to keep your interior decor looking great and staying functional. Repairing a floating shelf is a simple project that requires only basic tools and carpentry skills to complete.

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  1. Remove the shelf from its place on the wall, using a screwdriver if it's screwed to its brackets. Turn it upside down so the sagging portion is facing upward. Place weights along the length of the shelf to help restore it to its original shape.

  2. Allow the shelf to sit under the weights for at least 24 hours to begin restoring its shape. Do not put too much weight on the shelf, as this can cause it to crack or split.

  3. Add at least one more bracket to the existing brackets where the floating shelf sits. This reinforcement will create more support for the shelf and keep it from sagging in the future.

  4. Place the bracket in the centre of the existing two brackets to create an even and flat line of support for the shelf. Attach the bracket with screws.

  5. Check the brackets with a level to ensure that the shelf will sit evenly on top once it's replaced.

  6. Put the shelf back on top of the brackets and attach it with screws if necessary. Ensure that the screws are flush with the wood, and that the shelf sits evenly on the brackets.

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Things You'll Need

  • Weights
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Bracket
  • Level

About the Author

Bailey Shoemaker Richards is a writer from Ohio. She has contributed to numerous online and print publications, including "The North Central Review." Shoemaker Richards also edits for several independent literary journals and the Pink Fish Press publishing company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from Ohio University.

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