How to Secure Wall Unit Shelving

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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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References

  • "Step by Step Basic Carpentry"; Ben Allen; 1997
  • Mike Byers; General Contractor; Corvallis, Ore.
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