WAHOO!! My first set of shelves for the Wellness Library were a success! Full disclosure: I had never, EVER hung a shelf before so I was fairly terrified. But once the first screw was drilled, I was on my way and they look fab! So, to help you in your shelf-hanging pursuits, here are my instructions on how to build wooden shelves.
1. The first thing is to find out what kind of material your wall is made of. In my case, it was drywall or gyprock, which meant I needed to use anchors to secure my screws into the wall.
2. Measure. Measure. Measure. Or as my Grandpa used to say: “Measure twice. Cut once”. I used a spirit level and lead pencil to draw on the wall so I knew exactly where I needed to drill holes and mount brackets.
4. Create holes for your anchors and screws by inserting a “twist bit” into your drill and drilling through the gyprock.
5. Hammer your plastic anchors into the holes until they are flush against the wall.
6. Hold your bracket in place, and drill the screws through the bracket holes and into the anchors on the wall.
7. Use a spirit level to ensure your brackets are level with each other, both vertically and horizontally.
8. Place your top shelf on the brackets and measure to make sure it is centered.
9. To attach the shelves to the brackets, drill screws up through the holes in your bracket and into the shelf. These screws should be shorter in length than the depth of your shelf so they do not penetrate the surface.
AND THE FINISHED PRODUCT!!!
Give it a go! It’s easier than you think:)
– Penny xo