Introduction

Installing Wall-Mounted Shelves tout »
There’s no easier way to add accessible storage to a room than with wall-mounted shelving made from metal standards, adjustable brackets and ready-made shelves.

This type of easy-to-install shelving system is ideal for a kid’s room, home office, laundry room, walk-in closet, pantry or virtually any room in the house, with one notable exception: If you need shelves in a formal den, dining room or wood-paneled library, it’s best to hire a trim carpenter to custom-build a shelving unit to match the architectural style of the room.

In this guest bedroom, we installed a pair of 25-inch-long twin-track standards, six 9-inch-long adjustable shelf brackets and three 10-inch-wide x 36-inch-long dark-oak melamine shelves. The wood-grain melamine, which is similar to plastic laminate, is bonded to a 5/8-inch-thick particleboard core.
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    Tools List

    • four-foot level
      4-foot level
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Phillips screwdriver
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • drill
      Drill-driver with ½- inch-diameter drill bit
    • studfinder
      Stud sensor

    Shopping List

    1. SHELVES

    2. SHELF STANDARDS

    3. SHELF BRACKETS

    4. 2 1/2-INCH FLATHEAD SCREWS

    for attaching standards to wall studs



    5. 1 1/4-INCH FLATHEAD WOOD SCREWS

    for securing brackets to shelves