How to Hang Corner Shelves

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All home repair and decor projects should be done with caution. Although a project may seem easy, often times it is more difficult than expected. Installing corner shelving is fairly simple, but it should not be done without knowledge of proper installation. You do not need many supplies, and it should not take you too long to do unless the space is large and you have a lot of shelves to hang.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood or shelving
  • Tape measure
  • Saw
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Wall connectors
  • Brackets
  • Screws
  • Level
  • Wood glue

Installing Corner Shelves

  • Buy the wood you will use for your shelves, if you prefer making the shelves yourself. If you would rather skip that step, then purchase pre-made shelves that have been cut, sanded, and painted.

  • Measure how much wall space you have on each side of the corner. It is important to know how much space you have so that the shelves fit properly. If the shelves are longer than the wall's width, then you will need to cut and sand the ends of each shelf to fit properly.

    If your shelves are pre-made, skip Step 3, and go to Step 4.

  • Cut your wood down to size using your saw, or electric saw if preferred, after measuring your wall space. Be sure to sand all of the edges and cut each shelf equally.

  • Determine the perfect angle, height, and width for each shelf. You also want to make sure you leave 12 inches of space between each shelf so you have enough room to store things on them. Make wall markings with your pencil so the shelves are hung exactly where they will be level and even on both walls. Mark where each bracket will be installed so there is even support underneath the shelf in several different areas.

  • Drill the wall connectors into the walls for added support and stability underneath the shelves. Then install the brackets and screw them into the walls.

Create the Shelf

  • Lay the shelves on top of the brackets.

  • Place the level on top of each shelf to determine if it is level or not. Once you know everything is leveled off and secure, use wood glue to attach the shelves to the brackets supporting them underneath.

  • Place a few objects on the areas of the shelves where they have been glued underneath to the brackets. This causes more pressure that will help secure the bond between the brackets and shelving.

Tips & Warnings

  • Making sure the shelves are even is necessary since you cannot store things on a slanted shelf.
  • Take caution when using saws, drills, and wood that may not be sanded.

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