Installing Shelves Step- Step By Step Guide

Installing shelves step is much easier than installing a hardwood board. If you are in the market for a new countertop, consider installing shelves of this kind. They offer many advantages and flexibility that many traditional countertops do not.

Installing Shelves By Leveling

Wherever you plan to install shelves, it is important to have them level. Floating shelves are very easy to level, as long as the shelf has an edge on which the shelf will be installed. Use a level or stone to mark the shelf level. Mark the shelf’s center with a pencil and drill the hole where the pencil mark was.

Installing Shelves - Step By Step Guide
Installing Shelves – Step By Step Guide

Once the hole is drilled, a saw will need to be used to drill the hole. The hole needs to be at least the same size as the surface it will be installed on. A wood router can be used to make the holes larger or smaller.

Once the hole is drilled, the shelf needs to be firmly held in place with screws. The shelf should be glued and screwed into the surface it will be mounted on. It is very important to use screw anchors to hold the shelf in place. Anchors should be used throughout the process.

Do Not Clamp

Don’t clamp the shelf on too tight, because this could cause warping. Allow it to settle slightly before tightening it. Scrape off the dust and grime from the shelves before and after each installation to prevent them from becoming clogged with dirt and grime. Scouring out the surface also prevents unsightly stains from forming on the shelf.

Slide the shelf over the surface. Allow the surface to dry before covering it with adhesive. Once the surface is covered, there should be no leaks. Allow it to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Use Plywood

When building wooden shelves, it is best to use plywood rather than solid wood. Solid wood is a poor choice if your shelf has flanges on it. These flanges are a poor barrier to moisture, which would then form a film on the shelf.

Installing Shelves - Step By Step Guide
Installing Shelves – Step By Step Guide

To make sure your plywood will withstand moisture, use a wood filler to fill the spaces between the flanges. The space between the flanges should be even so that the plywood does not split. Seal the plywood with glue before using it for a shelf.

Continue Drilling

Before you make the connection between the plywood and the shelf, it is important to drill a hole through the shelf. Then, use a hammer to pound the shelf onto the plywood, making sure that it is completely level. In some cases, it is not necessary to use the hammer. Using a sledgehammer to pound the plywood down helps ensure that the shelf will be leveled as well.

Drill the hole in the middle of the shelf so that it is flush with the surface and also slightly larger than the post hole auger you are using. Drill the hole before and after the top layer of plywood. As you go down, use the auger to make the holes even. Take care to drill the holes at least three inches from the edge of the top layer of plywood.

Installing Shelves - Step By Step Guide
Installing Shelves – Step By Step Guide


After that, you need to add the top layer of plywood and the depth of the shelf. Sand the shelf down to a smooth finish. The shelves should be a little higher than the bottom of the plywood so that they will not slide on top of each other. Apply two coats of a primer. Allow the plywood to dry thoroughly.

Shelves are a great investment in functionality and ease of maintenance. Get more information on how to install floating shelves today.

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