Adjustable shelves are a smart choice for any room in your home because they offer flexibility and versatility but are still simple to install. The system can be adjusted to include shelves of varying lengths, and heights, and the space can change to accommodate many different storage solutions.
Installing adjustable brackets for shelving requires just a few materials. Here’s what you need to know to become a DIY shelving pro.
Step 1: Gather the necessary materials
To install the adjustable brackets, you will need the following:
- Adjustable shelf system
- Power drill
- Screws (3 inch drywall)
- Stud finder
Step 2: Use the stud finder to locate the wall studs
Install the shelving system to align with your wall studs to maximize strength and security. Use the stud finder to locate two parallel wall studs and mark their location with a pencil.
Step 3: Install the shelf standards
Your adjustable shelving kit will come with two shelf standards. You will mount the shelf standards on the wall studs that you marked, and the highest part of the wall mounted standard should reflect the maximum desired height for your shelves.
Place the first standard on the marked stud and secure with a 3-inch drywall screw in the topmost hole. Use a power drill for quick installation.
Use the level to align the standard before installing the next drywall screw in the bottom hole. Be sure that the entire standard is level and install screws in the remaining holes.
After one standard has been mounted, you can position the second standard along the other marked stud. Check that the height is level to the first standard and install the screws using the same process. Check that the standard is level before installing the second screw.
Step 4: Install the brackets and shelves
After mounting the shelf standards, you are ready to install the shelf brackets. The shelf brackets should fit easily into the bracket holes in the shelf standard. Insert a bracket at the same height on each standard and then place the shelf on top of the brackets. The shelf should be completely level.
Continue installing shelf brackets at the height appropriate for your needs. Consider the space required for the items you plan to place on the shelves, but remember that you can readjust at any time.