How To Hang Floating Shelves: Step By Step Process Of Hanging Floating Shelves


Step By Step Process Of Hanging Floating Shelves

The built-in bookcases are typically formulated as a permanent feature in your room. The floating shelves are hollow shelves that are attached to your wall by being mounted on the wooden cleat. Although the floating shelves are not typically a permanent fixture like the built-in bookcase & the two can be also combined for creating a floating built-in bookcase. This type of shelf design will work especially well in small or narrow spaces where books & collectibles can be conveniently stored & displayed. If you are going to hang floating shelves by yourself then you need to go through the below-mentioned step by step process in order to get the best result of your hard work:

Step 1: Designing The Bookcase

The floating built-in bookcase can be very easily built in a terminate wall alcove. This type of architectural feature is normally found around fireplaces. Each side of your alcove serves as the outer frame of your bookcase. The vertical row of the floating shelves installed inside the alcove serves as your bookcase shelves. Without brackets underneath each shelf, the look is cleaner & more spacious now. The missing brackets also mean that more space for your tall objects such as vases and the picture frames.

Step 2: Installing The Shelves

To order to install the floating shelves inside your alcove, you will first need to determine your spacing. Use painter’s tape to mark your wall where each shelf will be placed, then mount your cleats. Unless your cleat is being screwed precisely into your wall stud, you will also need to use the wall anchor which is known as a molly bolt. You need to remove the painter’s tape & drill pilot holes for your molly bolts. Insert your hollow anchors into the hole & then screw the cleat into place by using a screwdriver. Slide your shelf over the cleat.

Step 3: Glass Floating Shelves

In a synchronous setting, you may opt to install the glass floating shelves. These glass shelves are not hollow as we compare it to wooden floating shelves. The floating glass shelves are installed with a tongue-and-groove system & must be attached to 2 walls for the proper support, meaning they must be installed in the corner. This can also work perfectly in a small alcove. You need to use a level to draw two straight lines in the corner where you want to install your shelf. Mark the positions of your grooves you will cut into your wall by using the templates that come with your shelves. Start your groove by drilling holes & then continue cutting it out by using your wall saw. Just be sure that you do not make your groove hole bigger than the drawn lines. Check that your shelf tabs fit properly & then you need to apply caulking in the grooves & around the edges where your shelf will meet your wall. Rapidly install your shelf before the caulking dries. Allow the applied caulking to dry for at least the whole night.

Step 4: Filling The Shelves

Once your floating shelves are installed properly, then you can display your hobbies, passions & interests. Stack books both horizontally & vertically and simply group them according to size, subject, color. You need to create a dimension by layering the display items. You just need to place a large, framed picture in the back with any smaller objects in the front. You need to use stacked books or the trinket boxes as risers or pedestals in order to draw attention to the special objects. Vary the shape, color, height & texture of display items to keep the eye moving throughout your shelves and to create interest.
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