How to Fit Corner Shelves
Tools you will need
Step 1 of 7 – Safety (please do not skip this step)
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 your house!
Step 2 of 7 – 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 shelf bracket and bottom of the shelf.
Step 3 of 7 – 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 4 of 7 – Drill holes into battens
Use a wood bit to drill screw holes through each batten. Use the supplied timber battens only.
Step 5 of 7 – 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 tip – Ensure you use long sturdy screws and applicable rawl plugs. These will be taking all the weight of your shelf and its items.
Step 6 of 7 – 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 using 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.
Step 7 of 7 – 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 colouring. Ensure you paint the battens BEFORE securing the shelf to the battens to make painting them a lot easier.
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