Installing our metal shelf brackets and other hardware is probably easier than you think. With a few tools and a little preparation, open shelving is an easy DIY project. Many of the same tools and tips work for installing our other hardware like metal hooks, coat racks, towel bars, and other projects (see below for specific tips).
Shelf Bracket Installation
As a general rule, it's always ideal to install shelf brackets into wall studs. However, it can be difficult to install brackets directly on a wall stud In that case, we recommend using a toggle anchor (which are available for purchase here). The installation directions are similar. *If installing into tile, brick, or extra thick dry wall, please read below for further recommendations.
Recommended Tools for Bracket Installation:
1. Before beginning, confirm the bracket and shelf are the correct size and fit together. Identify necessary bolts and hardware needed for specific project. Note: if you are using a J style bracket, we include a flush mount screw for bottom hole in case shelf interferes.
2. Determining where you'd like the shelf. Place a long piece of masking tape horizontally along the wall, spanning the length of your piece of wood shelf.(this also givs a great visual of how your shelves will look before making the commitment!)Using a level, mark a level line along the tape.
Installation Without Wall Studs:
When wall studs are not available, we strongly suggest using toggle bolts. They are an expandable anchor that grips the back side of the drywall. They are easier to use than they look! We have them available for purchase that match our other hardware, which is preferred if you are mounting some brackets into studs and others with the toggle bolts. They can also be found at any local hardware store. For our toggles, use a 5/8" drill bit to pre-drill the hole.
This video also provides a great visual to using toggle bolts.
Installation on Other Surfaces:
Mounting Onto Tile Backsplash
When it comes to installing brackets onto tile we suggest drilling out the tile with a 5/16" masonry drill bit to prevent cracking of the tile. You can then use typical lag bolts (provided with each order) into studs or toggle bolts if studs are not an option.
Mounting Onto Brick, Concrete or Stone
To mount onto brick, mortar, stone, concrete or any other solid masonry surface, drill a 1/4" hole hole in the brick/mortar with a masonry drill bits. Then secure the brackets with engineered bolts which are for use with masonry. We also have masonry bolts available for purchase.