Bob Vila Radio: Hanging Shelves

Who doesn’t need more shelf space? Hanging shelves is a great do-it-yourself project that can help you get organized.

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Listen to BOB VILA ON HANGING SHELVES, or read text below:

“Who doesn’t need more shelf space? Hanging shelves is a great do-it-yourself project that can help you get organized.

Shelf and standard systems are great for supporting heavier loads like large books and canned goods because they have so many points of attachment to the wall studs. Standards are perforated channels that screw into the wall studs to receive shelf brackets. You can adjust them easily when your storage needs change.

If you need to install any shelf where there isn’t a wall stud, it’s important to use wall anchors to attach the supports. Some wall anchors have plastic expanders or toggles, some are metal, and they’re rated to support 30 to 50 pounds each, so check to be sure they’ll support the things you’ll be storing without sagging.  You generally want supports every 20 to 24 inches.

The most important tool to have when you’re hanging shelves is your level. A 4-foot spirit level is best for drawing level lines between standards so you can be sure you have your story straight before installing the shelves.

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Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day. 

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