An easy guide to follow and hang a shelf on your own!
This is your shelf hanging guide (for dummies).
Me. I am the dummy.
If I can figure this out, then so can you!
Somewhere around the beginning of quarantine I took the initiative to STOP waiting for my husband to get around to it, and START doing it myself.
With a little motivation and the right tools, you can do these things too!
How to Hang a Shelf (for Dummies)
- Drill w/ Phillips Head Bit
- Drywall Wall Anchors (no pre-drilling required)
- Screws (come with the anchors linked above)
- Stud finder
(This tutorial is for drilling into drywall when a stud is not present.)
Take your level and your shelf to find your placement on the wall. Once the shelf is level, take your pencil and make a mark on the wall inside the screw holes.
Using a stud finder, check to make sure a stud is not behind your pencil marks. Once you confirm there is NO stud, take your drywall anchors and drive straight into your pencil marks with your drill.
Tip: If your shelf doesn’t have visible brackets, like the one shown, take a piece of painter’s/masking tape and place it on your shelf over the bracket holes. Make a mark where the screw holes are, then remove the tape and place it on the wall where you want to hang your shelf. Drill your drywall anchors directly into the tape markings and remove the painter’s tape.
Take your shelf and screws and line it up over your wall anchor. Drill the screws directly into your drywall anchors. Double check to make sure your shelf is level.
If you’re a visual person, watch the video below.
With every shelf or piece of decor you hang, you’ll gain confidence! After this I was able to hang floating shelves in my son’s bedroom so that he can display his favorite superheroes and LEGO builds.
My Instagram community was interested in the printable sign I made to display on my bathroom shelf, so feel free to download it below! A very on trend reminder for these COVID days.