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How to hang a shelf

Hubs thought that I was a bit crazy when I told him that I wanted to write a post on how to hang a shelf. I mean, for him, it’s something that he does on the regular for me. What he doesn’t understand is that I truly have no idea how to do it. Which got me to thinking – who else doesn’t know? It can’t only be me! So here it is – my post on how to hang a shelf.

When we found out that we were having a boy, I commissioned my dad to build him shelves that looked like a plane. I scoured Pinterest to show him what I meant and he delivered! It is so special to me that our little boy has these awesome shelves made just for him by his Gramps. We have finally gotten around to hanging it again after redoing his room earlier this year.

Remember that our walls are masonry (brick and mortar), so there is no need for us to have to find studs. We just need to know where the electrical and the water pipes are running 🙂

The tools of the trade:

How to hang a shelf - Tools of the trade - Sawdust and High Heels
The tools of the trade: Hubs’ cordless Bosch drill Wall plugs Drill & screw bits No idea why the G-clamps are in there haha

This is how Hubs did it:

  1. He decided that he was going to use 3 brackets to support the weight of the shelves and the books that they would be holding. He then measured the shelving unit and found the center point on the wall.

    How to hang a shelf - Mark the center on the wall where the shelf will be hung - Sawdust and High Heels
    Hubs marking out where the brackets need to be hung on the wall.
  2. From there, he measured where the 2 end brackets needed to be.
  3. The next step was to measure where the holes are on the bracket and mark these out on the wall. He then began the very noisy part – the drilling using a standard masonry bit.

    How to hang a shelf: Drilling a hole in a brick wall using masonry bit - Sawdust and High Heels
    Drilling a hole in a brick wall using a standard masonry bit. We use the vacuum cleaner to suck up most of the dust as it’s being made, it makes clean up after we are done so much easier!
  4. To install the brackets in the wall, Hubs used screws with wall anchors. Once the holes had been drilled, he put the anchors into the holes (some needed to be drilled again a bit as they were a smidge too tight).

    How to hang a shelf - Wall plugs - Sawdust and High Heels
    The wall plugs should fit snugly in the holes.
  5. Then he put the bracket up, inserted the screws and hammered (yes, hammered) these in.

    How to hang a shelf - Installing the bracket - Sawdust and High Heels
    Installing the bracket – put the plug in the wall, position the bracket over it and hammer the screw in.
  6. Once all 3 brackets were up, he made sure that they were level. He then mounted the shelving unit on the brackets and screwed the shelf to the brackets using wood screws.

    How to hang a shelf - Screwing the shelf to the wall bracket - Sawdust and High Heels
    Screwing the shelf to the wall bracket using a standard screw bit.

And that’s it! Lots of measuring and drilling, but it seemed pretty straight forward. I guess the true test will be for me to hang the next shelf that I want to put up – I’ll keep you posted on that one!

How to hang a shelf - Plane shelf 2 - Sawdust and High Heels
The final product – this plane is so special to us. My dad even created a secret compartment in the fuselage for him to hide things in. When he can reach it one day or course!

I’m so happy to finally have the shelves up again, not just for the much needed storage, but also because they mean so much to me! I would love to know what special pieces you have in your home. Share your stories/links below so that I can check them out!

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