How to Secure Wall Unit Shelving


Wall shelf units combine convenient storage with an attractive appearance, helping you make the most out of one side of your room. However, wall shelf units can be a hazard. If they're loaded heavily in the uppermost shelves, wall units can tip when rattled by a child or shaken by an earthquake. Fortunately, securing a shelf unit to your wall takes less than an hour.

Things You'll Need

  • Stud finder
  • Power drill with screwdriver bits
  • 2 L-brackets with matching screws
  • Locate the wall studs for your shelf unit, using a stud finder.

  • Find a point where a wall stud intersects a horizontal shelf in your shelving unit.

  • Set one L-bracket at the point you located in Step 2, with one arm laying along the shelf and the other along the wall stud.

  • Screw the L-bracket into position using the screws that came with the bracket. Drive them in using a power drill with screwdriver bits.

  • Repeat steps 2 through 4 to attach a second L-bracket at a different intersection.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't find studs at an appropriate intersection, you can use hollow wall anchors to secure the brackets.

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