How to Install a Shelf

How to Install a Shelf

An Overview

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How to Install a Shelf

How to Install a Shelf



How to Install a Shelf is a four-part series post that will teach you various ways of Installing Shelving for you to make the best use of your Storage Spaces.


There are many different ways that you can Install Shelves in your Primary and/or Secondary Bases. You can purchase pre-made Multi-Shelf Units or simply Install Single Shelves in key places in your Bases.



I will show you (3) ways to Install Single Shelves, listed from easiest to hardest (although all are fairly easy to install). Each type of Installation will be presented in a separate post, and each will contain an applicable Materials & Supplies Needed list and a Tools & Supplies Needed section for each type of Installation, along with Step-by-Step Instructions for completing the Project.

You can certainly do something different, if you so choose.


Types of Shelving


The (3) types of Shelving Installations we will discuss, are as follows:

A. Easiest Installation:  Pegboard Accessories – Shelving

This type of installation will involve placing your chosen Shelves on Pegboard Shelving Hooks installed into your Pegboard.

B. Medium Difficulty InstallationHow to Install Wall Shelving

This type of installation will be installing Shelving just below your Pegboard or anywhere else on a wall, using Shelving Brackets screwed into the wall.

C. Hardest InstallationBuild Shelving Unit

This type of Shelving will be installed in-between open 2” x 4” Studs, where no Wallboard has been used. This will require you to make your own Shelf Brackets, screw or nail them in to your 2” x 4”s, and cut your Shelving to fit width-wise and possibly depth-wise into the area between the Studs.






About Shelving


Before we discuss How to Install a Shelf, we should first, look at your Shelving purchase options.

Shelving comes in a variety of materials. In most cases, 3/4” thick Solid Wood Shelving is the best to use in both your Primary and Secondary Bases. Some of the most common 3/4” thick Shelving are:  Unfinished MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard), Veneered MDF (usually white), and Unfinished Pine. All come in various lengths, commonly found in lengths from 2′ to 8′, at 2′ increments, although longer sizes are available is some types. Depths are usually available from 6” to 12”, at 2” increments.

If you are doing a type C Installation, you will be better off using 3/8” Plywood, which you will need to cut to 3 1/2” depths and custom lengths to fit in-between your Studs. This thinner Shelving will save you a little space, yet will still be sturdy enough to hold your items without bowing.

You will need to decide on which type of shelving and sizes will work best for you according to your Designs and needs.


The types of items that are best stored on Shelves are:  boxes of fasteners (nails, screws, etc.), tubes of caulk and adhesives, paint cans, and any other items that do not lend themselves to being easily hung on your Pegboard.




About Shelving Brackets


Shelving Brackets come in a variety of styles, from plain, Angle Brackets to very ornate, Decorative Brackets. Keeping in mind the purpose for your Shelving, the type of Shelving that you will use, and what types of items it will hold, will help you choose the style of Shelving Brackets that will be the most suitable for your purpose.

While very ornate Shelf Brackets, holding a glass Shelf in your sewing or crafts room may look great, this type of Bracket may be a little much, if you are Installing an Unfinished Pine Shelf to store your boxes of screws and nails. You will probably want to choose a much simpler design. However, the choice is ultimately yours.

Shelving Brackets come in sizes that will correspond to the width of the Shelves being used. Choosing the proper sizes will insure that your Shelving is held securely.




Assessing Your Shelving Needs


If you were thorough when creating your Designs in Phase 2, you will know exactly where your Shelving will go in both your Primary Base and your Secondary Base, and you will have the suggested dimensions for your Shelving listed on your Designs. If not, you will need to complete that process now.

Assess the types and number of items that you will need to keep on your Shelves in each of your Bases. Keep in mind that paint, stains, and adhesives should only be stored in a temperature controlled environment to keep from freezing. Always add some additional space for items which you will eventually acquire at a later date.


Most of your boxed fasteners will be best stored in your Primary Base, if possible, for easier access. Your Secondary Base may require Shelving for various items related to your Outside Yard Projects that are not easily hung on your Pegboard.

You will need to decide on length, depth, and number of Shelves needed for each of your Bases, based on the items that you intend to store on them, along with the amount of available space, in order to confirm if the sizes and number of Shelves and their locations in your Designs are accurate. Make any changes that you see fit.

Decide on where the Shelving will be needed, the type of Shelving you desire, and the method(s) of Installation that you will use. Then, you can calculate and purchase all of the Materials & Tools Needed to complete these Projects.


You can click on any of the links below to access the Step-by-Step Instructions for completing the Project of your choosing, as well as the Materials & Supplies Needed list and a Tools & Supplies Needed section for each type of Installation:

A. Easiest Installation:   Pegboard Accessories – Shelving

B. Medium Difficulty InstallationHow to Install Wall Shelving

C. Hardest InstallationBuild Shelving Unit


Please take the time to leave a Comment or ask a Question in the Comments section below. Let me know how your Project went.



CJ Dodaro

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