Living in a house with little space? I love a minimalist look? Well floating shelves are the answer for you. These wall mounted shelves have no supports, giving them the appearance of floating on their walls and keeping clutter to a minimum. And while they may look magical once installed, putting them in isn’t as difficult as it sounds, if you do it the right way. Do you prefer the look of a shelf with supports? See our guide to install them here. Real estate property
1. Select shelves
There are many types of floating shelves, each with slightly different mechanisms to achieve the characteristic float, but what they all have in common is the use of some kind of invisible wall-mounted bracket that holds the shelves in place and hides a time installed. We opted for these simple targets, which would look great against a fake concrete wall.
2. Determine the location of the shelf
Do you want your shelves centered on a piece of furniture? Extended through the wall? Measure where you would like them to be and then, using a level, hold the shelves in place while drawing a marking line on the wall (or wallpaper).
Using your marking line as a guide, hold your shelf brackets against the wall and trace the screw holes. If you are installing your shelves on top of the wallpaper, mark the screw marks with a box cutter to make the screws insert more easily. If you need drywall anchors, drill these where marked; if not, continue with step 3.
4. Attach the supports
Using your scribed marks as a guide, drill the screws through the brackets and into the walls, starting with the middle screws and making sure they are level before attaching the final screws.
5. Attach shelves
Slide your shelves over the supports and, if included in the shelf parts, install the setscrew.
Fill the shelves with anything from books to framed artwork and plants – empty shelves are a blank canvas! …