Step 5: Hang the second standard

installing wall-mounted shelves
Photo: Shaffer Smith Photography
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Hook a shelf bracket into each standard, at the same level.

Hold the second standard against the wall, centered on the wall stud 32 inches away. If the shelf will be holding a heavy load, use three standards, spacing them 16 inches apart.

Lay a 4-foot level across the two brackets, then raise or lower the unsecured standard until it's level with the first. Mark the top screw hole location, as shown.

Fasten the standard to the wall following Steps 3 and 4.
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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