I love the look of floating shelves – you know the ones: they look like they’re magically protruding out of the walls:
But have you ever hung one up yourself? Have you? I did (kind of). I cried and got so frustrated. I drilled a hole just 1/8″ off, and the shelf wouldn’t hook on to the screws and hang properly.
Thank goodness my handy husband came to the rescue to give me a few pointers and console me in this low time.
I’m writing this post to save you from going down the road I traveled down. Here is how to actually hang these floating shelves with NO TEARS, and lots of accomplishment and pride.
-Floating Shelf and its Hardware
Let’s do this.
Step 1: Measure the Holes
Hold the shelf up where you want to hang it. You may need to center it on the wall using a tape measure.
Now, flip it up so the shelf surface is against the wall, as such:
Place a level on top and level the shelf.
Since the shelf is flipped up, you can see where the screws need to be drilled. Mark this spot with a pencil. Make your mark right against the board so your marks stay level.
Step 2: Drill the Holes
You’ll need to select the right size drill bit for your pilot hole. Here’s a handy diagram I found that will help you choose the right size drill bit for your pilot hole. If you’re putting in an anchor first, match the drill bit to the anchor. Otherwise, match it to the screw.
Once you have the right drill bit in hand, drill the holes on your penciled marks!
Step 3: Hammer the anchors into the wall and screw in the screws. Make sure to leave the screw head protruding out a bit so the shelf can catch it.
Step 4: Hang the shelf.
Checking the screws are in the right place…
Line up the screws with the hardware on the back of the shelf and slide it into place.
Voila! You’ve now drilled the holes correctly the first time and prevented an immense amount of frustration. And tears. 😉
I know, you’re probably thinking, “Hayley… that looked really easy. How did you get so frustrated?” Long story short, it’s more complicated to use a tape measure to level the shelf and to space the holes. 🙄 Stick with the steps above and you’ll be golden! 🙂
Now, hop to it and hang those shelves!