We get quite a few enquiries to install floating shelves. Why floating shelves? Well, the main reason people like to have them installed on their walls is that they look very chic – there are NO VISIBLE BRACKETS. This means that the shelf appears to be fixed to the wall with no apparent  fixtures or fittings – literally they appear to ‘float’ in mid air!

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The secret to floating shelves is in their intricately designed mounting brackets. They are designed to seamlessly slot into the rear of the shelf in such a way that they are invisible once installed.

Tips On Installing Floating Shelves

  1. Check the load rating of the shelf
  2. Fix the brackets to the wall using appropriate fasteners
  3. In the case of brick walls use rawl plugs and suitable sized mounting screws to ensure the brackets are firmly attached to the wall. Check for wiring and pipes before drilling into any wall!
  4. In the case of gyprocked walls, ensure the brackets are fixed at stud points where possible. If not use appropriate gyprock anchors, checking their load bearing ratings
  5. Use a spirit level to ensure the shelf brackets (and mounted shelf) are level
  6. Ensure that, when slipping the shelf onto the bracket, that the shelf fits snugly, then (if supplied) tighten the grub screws to secure the shelf onto the brackets

Summary – Floating shelves suit most modern decor in July 2016. They are very useful in displaying photos, plants, books and any other object that you would like to display. Bunnings and other hardware stores sell them for $30 to $50 so they are not expensive and look great when installed. If you cannot install them we can so feel free to call us for assistance.