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Mounting a Shelf

I am mounting a 37.5" shelf. How far in should the brackets be from the ends for the best support?
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Posted 2016-05-21T18:21:03+0000  by B52 B52

Hello B52,

Thanks for your question and welcome to the community.

If you are supporting basic household items, like cleaning supplies or food, then your best bet is to set the brackets about 1/3 of the way into the total width of the shelf.

This means you'd install both brackets 12.5" from their edges so you have enough support throughout the shelf.

Just as important, if not more, is making sure the screws you use are firmly being installed into the wall.

If you can place them into the wooden studs (if you have them), then that will give you the absolute best support.

However, if that isn't possible, you can opt for using hollow-wall anchor screws (shown below) that can support high weight of whatever you are going to put on the shelf.

WingIts World's Strongest Fastener Super Duty (6-Anchors)

So measure the 12.5 inches for both brackets from the edge of the shelves, and use the proper screws to fasten into the walls. Use a stud finder if you can't find the studs accurately. 

In either case, use a screw rated for the weight of the items you'd like to place on the shelf. You can always use a screw rated for heavier weights but never lighter, so you don't run the risk of the brackets failing.

If carefully measured and marked on the wall using the right materials, you'll get your shelf mounted in no time.

Let us know if you have any further questions,


Posted 2016-05-21T18:58:33+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL
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