Two Easy Methods To Reinforce The Shelf
Shelves are designed in a way to hold objects. The more items to be placed on a shelf, the more weight it must handle. If too much weight is applied to a flimsy construction, then it can lead to sagging right in the middle of the shelf. Sagging totally does not look good, as well as has a potential hazard. Use the methods mentioned below in order to reinforce the sagging shelf:
Method #1: Shelf Reinforcement
- First of all, the user needs to measure the length of the sagging shelf as this will help to determine the exact center point. After that calculate the distance between the sagging layer to the shelves parallel.
- Once the measurement is done then purchase a metal shelving bracket that will fit the measured distance between shelves. If in case the hardware store does not have the correct size available, that time simply purchase a longer bracket and then simply cut it to fit.
- Position the metal bracket right in the center of the shelf and then line it up with the help of a center of the shelf below it that is located before this step. With the help of a pencil, mark the center of each shelf. Also, remove the sagging shelf as well as the shelf which is immediately below it.
- Screw the drywall anchors on all the marked spots on the shelves. Place the brackets on the anchors. Install the screws into the anchors, and also make sure that it fits tight. Finally, replace the shelves.
Method #2: Shelf Reinforcement
- Again in this method, measure the sagging shelf so that the midpoint is located and also mark that point with the help of a pencil or piece of tape. After that determine the distance which is between the shelf's height and note down the exact number. Also, measure out the depth of the sagging shelf and note down the number next to the height.
- Purchase or get from scrap a 3/4 inch plywood plank. Take a table saw to cut out the plank exactly to the correct height as well as depth that is measured. Sand the wood with the help of fine-grit sandpaper and then wipe it down to remove the sanding dust.
- Apply the polyurethane or the wood finish to the plank to match out the color as well as the finish of the shelving unit. If using this technique for a non-wood shelf, then the user can easily skip this step or simply paint the wood to match with the particular shelf.
- Position the vertical divider on the midpoint of the shelf the same way as replacing a book. Finally, the user needs to nail the divider in the place from the top to the bottom.