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Fitting Instructions

Select your shelf type from the tabs for complete fitting instructions.

How to Fit Floating Shelves

Floating shelves should be mounted on to exterior walls or interior stone and breezeblock walls. They can only be mounted to partition walls if you can locate the timber studs or noggins behind the plasterboard. The supporting brackets must have something solid to screw into.
For partition walls, we can position the holes into the shelf accordingly for you – simply let us know where you need them. Please call us for any advice, but if you cannot locate the studs or noggins, we advise using our timber or chrome brackets as an alternative.Please see our Wall Shelves for these alternative fixings for plasterboard walls.

Brick or Stone wallBreezeblock WallStudded Partition Wall

The concealed fixing brackets we supply with all of our floating shelves are the most versatile and heavy-duty fixings available. These simple-to-fit brackets will hold up to 35kgs between 2 brackets (including the weight of shelf). Shelves over 1200mm in length are supplied with 3 brackets, and over 2100mm with 4 brackets.

Floating Shelves Fixing Brackets

Floating Shelves Installation tools

Tools you will need

  1. Spirit level
  2. Drill (with 10mm drill bit)
  3. Spanner (10mm or adjustable)
  4. Tape Measure
  5. Pencil
  6. Small quantity of Silicone Sealant

Step One – Safety (very important)

Use a wire/pipe power detector to ensure that there are no electrical cables or water pipes in the wall where you intend to position the shelf. You do not want to electrocute yourself or flood the house!

Step Two – Position

If you are fixing to an internal stud wall, locate the studs or noggins that you intend to drill into.

Step Three – Draw a level line

Use the spirit level and a pencil to draw a perfectly horizontal line along the area of the wall where you intend to mount the shelf. If your spirit level has a measure on it, draw the line to the full length of the shelf. If not, use a tape measure and redraw the line a couple of times, until it is the same length of the shelf.

Step Four – Mark holes for brackets

Usual method – Measure from the centre of the pre-drilled holes in your shelf to the nearest end of the shelf and transfer these measurements onto the line you have drawn on the wall.
Alternative method – Offer the shelf up to the wall (with the pre-drilled holes facing upwards) and mark the centre of the holes onto your drawn line.
Don’t fret if your positioning isn’t absolutely perfect but if you do spend the time trying to position your marks as accurately as possible it will make the rest of the procedure effortless.

Step Five – Drill into the wall (Make sure you have carried out step one!)

Use a 10mm wood drill bit for studded walls or 10mm masonry bit for stone, brick or breezeblock walls. Drill into the walls on the dead centre point of all your bracket markings. Drill holes 60mm deep into the wall to fully accommodate the rawl plug.

Step Six – Insert rawl plugs

Insert the supplied rawl plugs into the drilled holes. Ensure that the rawl plug are fully inserted and they all sit flush to the wall – tap with a hammer if necessary. If any of your rawl plugs are sticking out, they will prevent your shelf from sitting flush to the wall when mounted.

Step Seven – Insert concealed brackets

Screw the concealed brackets all the way to the wall using a 10mm, or adjustable spanner – but do not fully tighten them at this point.
If necessary, pliers can be used for this task but it is not recommended – a suitable spanner is a lot easier.
Please note that using the supplied washer will strengthen the overall support of the shelf but will also produce a small 1.5mm gap between the wall and the shelf. If you don’t intend to store heavy weights on the shelf you can dispense with the washer to the shelf fits completely snug to the wall.

Step Eight – Offer up the shelf to the brackets

The arrow on the back edge of the shelf points to the top side of the shelf, please ensure the shelf is fitted with this surface on the top. Slide the pre-drilled holed areas of the shelf onto the brackets. The holes are 14mm wide (2mm wider than the brackets) so the shelf should fit with ease. If not, slowly re-adjust the brackets using the spanner until the shelf slides on easily.

Step Nine – Level the shelf

You will have noticed that the main body of the bracket is positioned off-centre from the screw end. They are designed this way so that you can perfectly level the shelf. With the shelf positioned ¾ of the way onto the brackets, place the spirit level onto the shelf and adjust the brackets with the spanner to tighten them as full as possible to the wall and level the shelf.
If you have a long shelf (1200mm+) you will have three or four brackets which will require a little more time to adjust than smaller shelves using two. Remain patient and be prepared to adjust each bracket several times to ensure a perfectly level shelf.

Step Ten – Fix the shelf.

Now the brackets are tightened and level, slide the shelf off the brackets, insert a small amount of silicone sealant into the pre-drilled holes and onto the end of the brackets. Slide the shelf back onto the brackets for the final time and push fully up to the wall. The sealant will dry and set after approx 2hrs. Using the sealant will completely fill the excess space in the drilled holes and prevent the shelf from tipping forward, or sliding off the brackets.

How to Fit Wall Shelves

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Tools you will need

  1. Spirit level
  2. Drill
  3. Screwdriver
  4. Tape Measure
  5. Pencil

Step One – Safety (very important)

Use a wire/pipe power detector to ensure that there are no electrical cables or water pipes where you intend to position the shelf. You do not want to electrocute yourself or flood the house.

Step Two – Vertical positioning of your shelves

Use a tape measure or your spirit-level to mark the vertical position for your wall shelf with a pencil. Your mark should be for the top of the shelf bracket and bottom of the shelf.

Step Three – Draw a level line

Use the spirit level and a pencil to draw a perfectly horizontal line along the area of the wall where you intend to mount the shelf. If your spirit level has a measure on it, draw the line to the full length of the shelf. If not, use a tape measure and redraw the line a couple of times, until it is the same length of the shelf.

Step Four – Mark Positions for the Brackets

The positioning of the brackets is down to personal preference. Work out where you want to position the brackets and mark these positions on your horizontal line. Focussing on one bracket at a time, offer the top of the bracket up to horizontal line and centre on your positioning mark. Keeping the bracket perfectly still, use a pencil to mark the screwholes on the wall. (This is usually easier as a two-man job). Repeat this operation for each of the brackets.

Step Five – Drill into the wall (Make sure you have carried out step one!)

Use a wood drill bit for studded or plasterbaord walls or masonry bit for stone, brick or breezeblock walls. Drill into the walls on the dead centre point of all your screwhole markings. Drill the holes deep enough into the wall to fully accommodate the rawl plugs.

Step Six – Insert rawl plugs

Insert the rawl plugs into the drilled holes. Ensure that the rawl plugs are fully inserted and they all sit flush to the wall – tap gently with a hammer if necessary. If any of your rawl plugs are sticking out, they will prevent your bracket from sitting flush to the wall when mounted.

Step Seven – Fix Brackets to the Wall

Screw the wooden or chrome shelf brackets to the wall using a screwdriver and countersunk screws.
Safety – Ensure you use long sturdy screws and applicable rawl plugs. These will be taking all the weight of your shelf and its items.

Step Eight – Fix Shelf to Brackets

Position shelf to the supporting brackets and ensure it is level and sitting equidistant on the brackets. If using Chrome Shelf Brackets, use a screwdriver and countersunk screws to fix brackets to the underside of shelf.
If using Wooden Shelf Brackets, apply a small amount of strong wood glue to the top edge of each of the supporting brackets. Position shelf accordingly, remove any excess glue and allow to dry. Either apply weight to the shelf during glue drying time or use suitable clamps if you possess them.

How to Fit Corner Shelves

tools you will need to fit our shelves

Tools you will need

1. Spirit level
2. Drill
3. Screwdriver
4. Tape Measure
5. Pencil

 

Step One – Safety (very important)

Use a wire/pipe power detector to ensure that there are no electrical cables or water pipes where you intend to position the shelf. You do not want to electrocute yourself or flood the house.

Step Two – Vertical positioning of your shelves

Use a tape measure or your spirit-level to mark the vertical position for your corner shelf with a pencil. Your mark should be for the top of the batten/bottom of the shelf.

Step Three – Horizontal positioning of your shelves

Use a spirit-level and pencil to mark the horizontal position of your corner shelf. Remember that these lines will indicate the top of the supporting battens and bottom edges of the shelf.

Step Four – Drill holes into battens

Use a wood bit to drill screw holes through each batten.
Use the supplied timber battens only.

Step Five – Mount the battens to the wall

Position the first (longest) batten to the wall, with the top edge underneath the horizontal mark line. Use a masonry bit to drill slightly through your pre-drilled screw holes (keeping the batten perfectly level at all times). Once all holes have been slightly drilled remove the batten.

Use a masonry drill bit to drill your holes and insert suitable rawl plugs into each hole.

Position the batten back in place and use a screwdriver and countersunk screws to attach the batten to the wall.

Position the second batten, ensuring that it is level with the first and is level with the pre-drawn horizontal line. Attach to the wall in the same manner as the first batten.

Safety – Ensure you use long sturdy screws and applicable rawl plugs. These will be taking all the weight of your shelf and its items.

Step Six – Secure Shelf to the battens.

As your corner shelf is only supported on two sides, it is essential that the shelf is secured to the supporting battens. This can be done in one of two ways. The cleanest and easiest way is to use a strong wood glue between the top of the batten and the underside rear edges of the shelf.
Alternatively, you can screw up through the underneath of the battens, through to the underside of the shelf. If usng this method, make sure that the screws go all the way into the batten but DO NOT screw through to the top edge of the shelf.

Repeat all of the above steps for any additional corner shelves.

Painting the battens

Your battens will be supplied sanded and finished to the same standard as your shelves. However, some customers prefer to paint them the same colour as the wall to make them more discreet.

If you intend to do this, please lightly sand before applying the paint. Also, if you have used countersunk screws as suggested, cover the heads of the screws with wood filler first and leave enough time for this to dry and then sand away any excess.

Then apply one or two coats of base coat and finish with an emulsion or gloss that matches your wall coloring.

Ensure you paint the battens BEFORE securing the shelf to the battens to make painting them a lot easier.

How to Fit Alcove Shelves

tools you will need to fit our shelves

Tools you will need

1. Spirit level
2. Drill
3. Screwdriver
4. Tape Measure
5. Pencil

 

Step One – Safety (very important)

*Please Note – All Alcove shelves are supplied with supporting battens, NOT concealed brackets (see computer generated image at bottom of page). If your Alcove shelf is under 300mm in width and you want the ‘Floating effect’ then please order Floating Shelves instead.

Step One – Safety (very important)

Use a wire/pipe power detector to ensure that there are no electrical cables or water pipes where you intend to position the shelf. You do not want to electrocute yourself or flood the house.

Step Two – Vertical positioning of your shelves

Use a tape measure or your spirit-level to mark the vertical positions for each of your alcove shelves with a pencil. Your mark should be for the top of the batten/bottom of the shelf.

You may want your shelves evenly spaced or not depending on what you are intending to store on them. Our only advice would be to try and keep the height of the shelves balanced on each side of the fireplaces/pillars if you are installing in two or more alcoves. It provides the best visual effect.

Step Three – Horizontal positioning of your shelves

Use a spirit-level and pencil to mark the horizontal position for each of your shelves. Remember that these lines will indicate the top of the supporting battens and bottom edges of the shelf.

Step Four – Drill holes into battens

Use a wood bit to drill screw holes no more than 300mm apart through each batten.
Use the supplied timber battens only.

Step Five – Mount the battens to the wall

Position the first rear batten on the wall, with the top edge underneath the horizontal mark line. Use a masonry bit to drill slightly through your pre-drilled screw holes (keeping the batten perfectly level at all times). Once all holes have been slightly drilled remove the batten.

Use a masonry drill bit to drill your holes and insert rawl plugs into each of the holes.

Position the batten back in place and use a screwdriver and countersunk screws to attach the batten to the wall.

Position the first side batten, ensuring that it is level with the rear one and is level with the pre-drawn horizontal line. Attach to the wall in the same manner as the rear batten and then repeat the operation for the other side batten.

Repeat this entire operation for each of your shelves.

Safety – Ensure you use long sturdy screws and applicable rawl plugs. These will be taking all the weight of your shelf and its items.

Step Six – Finishing the battens

Your battens will be supplied sanded and finished to the same standard as your shelves. However, some customers do prefer to paint them the same colour as the wall to make them more discreet.

If you intend to do this, please lightly sand before applying the paint. Also, if you have used countersunk screws as suggested, cover the heads of the screws with wood filler first and leave enough time for this to dry and then sand away any excess.

Then apply one or two coats of base coat and finish with an emulsion or gloss that matches your wall coloring.

Step Seven – Fix the shelves

Slide the shelves on top of the battens so that they sit perfectly. Your shelves should be perfectly sturdy, but if you are worried about the possibility of them sliding on and off the battens then you can fix small screws from the underside of the shelves, through the shelf and into the battens.

Visible undermounted Batten Supports for Alcove Shelves.

how to fit alcove shelves

How to Fit Window Sills

tools you will need to fit our shelves

Tools you will need

1. Spirit level
2. Drill
3. Screwdriver
4. Tape Measure
5. Pencil

Step One – Safety (very important)

Use a wire/pipe power detector to ensure that there are no electrical cables or water pipes where you intend to position the shelf. You do not want to electrocute yourself or flood the house.

Step Two – Vertical positioning of your shelves

Use a tape measure or your spirit-level to mark the vertical position for your wall shelf with a pencil. Your mark should be for the top of the shelf bracket and bottom of the shelf.

Step Three – Draw a level line

Use the spirit level and a pencil to draw a perfectly horizontal line along the area of the wall where you intend to mount the shelf. If your spirit level has a measure on it, draw the line to the full length of the shelf. If not, use a tape measure and redraw the line a couple of times, until it is the same length of the shelf.

Step Four – Mark Positions for the Brackets

The positioning of the brackets is down to personal preference. Work out where you want to position the brackets and mark these positions on your horizontal line. Focussing on one bracket at a time, offer the top of the bracket up to horizontal line and centre on your positioning mark. Keeping the bracket perfectly still, use a pencil to mark the screwholes on the wall. (This is usually easier as a two-man job). Repeat this operation for each of the brackets.

Step Five – Drill into the wall (Make sure you have carried out step one!)

Use a wood drill bit for studded or plasterbaord walls or masonry bit for stone, brick or breezeblock walls. Drill into the walls on the dead centre point of all your screwhole markings. Drill the holes deep enough into the wall to fully accommodate the rawl plugs.

Step Six – Insert rawl plugs

Insert the rawl plugs into the drilled holes. Ensure that the rawl plugs are fully inserted and they all sit flush to the wall – tap gently with a hammer if necessary. If any of your rawl plugs are sticking out, they will prevent your bracket from sitting flush to the wall when mounted.

Step Seven – Fix Brackets to the Wall

Screw the wooden or chrome shelf brackets to the wall using a screwdriver and countersunk screws.
Safety – Ensure you use long sturdy screws and applicable rawl plugs. These will be taking all the weight of your shelf and its items.

Step Eight – Fix Shelf to Brackets

Position shelf to the supporting brackets and ensure it is level and sitting equidistant on the brackets. If using Chrome Shelf Brackets, use a screwdriver and countersunk screws to fix brackets to the underside of shelf.
If using Wooden Shelf Brackets, apply a small amount of strong wood glue to the top edge of each of the supporting brackets. Position shelf accordingly, remove any excess glue and allow to dry. Either apply weight to the shelf during glue drying time or use suitable clamps if you possess them.

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