Your 8 Step Guide To Putting Up A Shelf on A Platerboard Wall

Hanging a shelf on plasterboard walls home handyman Swansea Services

If you’re having to pile up your books DVDs and CDs all around your room. It’s probably time to start honing your DIY skills and install some shelving. If this is something you’ve never done before then below we’ll break down the steps of putting up a single shelf on drywall or platerboard using long vertical brackets.

Before making a start, here’s a list of the tools you will require for the job.

A drill, wood screws, a pencil, hammer and nail for increasing, and a stud detector. You will l require a level. Get a level which operates vertically as well as horizontally and you can utilize it for a host of odd jobs and tasks around your house.


1. Locate the studs

To install any kind of shelf on a dry or plasterboard wall, you will require to locate 2 studs (a stud is the upright wood timbers in the wall to which the plasterboard is nailed/screwed to) to fix the brackets of your shelf. Utilize your stud detector to locate them behind the plasterboard, then draw 2 vertical guides along the lines of the studs.


2. Mark holes for the very first bracket


Take one of the large shelf brackets and hold it to either one of the guide line at the appropriate height. Utilize the level to ensure the bracket is vertically plumb, and then use your pencil to mark through the holes of the bracket to reveal where you are required to make the holes. A good tip to ensure you drill accurate holes is to add a cross and screw dent to each pencil mark

Make sure you use screws of the correct length to ensure the nshelf has good solid and firm fixing to the timber stud. Generally this is 20mm approx more than the thickness of the bracket and the platerboard. As platerboards vary in thickness i.e. 9mm up to 13mm, the screws youn use need to be in excess of 30mm long


3. Drill into the wall


Utilizing a wood drill bit that is one size smaller sized than your screws, drill as far as the length of a screw (minus the depth of your bracket). Prior to drilling and to ensure you drill the hole to the right depth, line the screw and bracket against the drill bit and mark the distance with some masking or insulation tape.

4. Screw and fix the very first bracket


5. Mark holes for the 2nd bracket.


Place the rack down and get the 2nd bracket and level. Location the bracket so that it will support the rack at the level of the horizontal mark, and repeat the technique that you utilized to mark the very first bracket.

Rest your shelf on the first bracket you’ve just fixed and place your spirit level along the top Hold the shelf where it’s precisely level, then mark a little line along the underside of the shelf and striking through the vertical line you marked earlier for the 2nd stud. You need to now have converging lines on your wall, revealing the correct height for the top of the 2nd bracket.

6. Drill holes and secure bracket #2.


Fix and screw the 2nd bracket safely into the stud, by following the same instructions as above. 

7. Place the shelf position and secure shelf to brackets using screws, if required.


Depending upon the structure and design of your shelf, you may be required to screw it into the bracket, or it might simply just rest on top.

8. Inspect the level of the shelf once again


Provided you’ve followed the instructions carefully, there shouldn’t be any problems with your shelf being completely level and you achieving a result any handyman carpenter would be proud of.


If you are fixing your shelf to a brick or masonry wall, you must follow the very same actions as above, though you will not require to stress over the location and fixings to studs. You will instead be required to utilize plastic wall plugs to make sure the screw fixings are solid and secure. Drill holes to the proper size and depth for the plugs, utilizing a masonry drill bit rather of a wood bit.

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