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Shelves, Coat Hangers and Cabinet Installation Tips

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One way to maximize even the smallest of spaces is to mount ready-made shelves, coat hangers, and cabinets. These storage solutions require basic installation know-how. You don’t have to build an entire shelf yourself nor have cabinets customized for you. As long as you know how to operate an electric drill and you understand the right types of screws to use, then you can mount these storage solutions yourself. In today’s post, we are listing down installation tips to mount shelves and cabinets:

Mounting Shelves on a Timber Wall

This is a great method for mounting all types of coat hooks and shelves on a wooden wall. If the wall is paneled, you can screw the brackets to the wall directly using 5-millimeter screws that are about 1 ¼ inches in length. If you’re using a bracket, you need to adjust the length of the screws accordingly.

Metal brackets are usually fitted with pre-drilled holes. Just drill the screws straight through the holes to secure the shelves. If say, the shelves are not pre-drilled, just drive holes in the same diameter as the screws you will use. Then, just drive the screws through the shelves and you are done!

Mounting on Drywall

If you’re working with plasterboard or a drywall, you’ll need screws and studs made specifically for drywall. You can also use plastic wall plugs but only when the shelves or cabinets won’t take a lot of weight when in use. Your best bet is using metal fixings such as metal self-drive fixings, spring toggle anchors or expansion anchors. For cabinets that will carry a lot of weight, we suggest using metal screws that are drilled directly into the wall studs.

Mounting on Masonry Walls

Masonry walls are walls made from bricks, concrete blocks, and aerated concrete blocks. Since the exterior of these surfaces is tough, you’ll have to use wall plugs to secure the screws. You will also need power tools like a corded hammer, a power driller and a masonry drill bit to drill holes on the wall.

Drill a hole to the right depth then insert the wall plugs on the wall with a 4 to 5 mm diameter screw. To attach a bracket on the wall, mark the first hole with a pencil or nail. Then, drill the hole to an appropriate depth then place the bracket against it to line the anchor in the wall with the hole of the bracket. Move forward to the second hole by marking and then drilling a hole with the right depth and so on. Repeat until all holes are drilled then start attaching the bracket using wood screws.

For shelf brackets, you want to hold the second bracket against the wall and either rest the shelf on two brackets with a spirit level or rest the level on the two brackets without the shelf. Just mark the top holes in the second bracket before drilling. Once all holes are drilled, screw the bracket into the wall using the right fixings with a power driller and you are done.


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