How Far in Should Shelf Brackets Be?


A shelf bracket is a small device used to mount a shelf to a wall. These are designed to be strong enough to hold the weight of the objects that are being displayed and housed on the shelf.


  • If drilled directly into the studs of a wall, a shelf bracket can hold an average of 75 pounds of weight.


  • Shelf brackets can be made out of various materials, including sturdy wood and high-quality metal.


  • As shelf brackets should be mounted into studs for maximum efficiency, they should be placed as far apart from each other as the studs in the wall are.


  • For maximum efficiency, each shelf should be held in place by the same number of brackets as there are studs in the wall over the length of the shelf.


  • Shelves designed to fit into the corner between two walls do not require shelf brackets in order to mount.

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