How to install floating shelves

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Floating shelves are a simple, stylish addition to any room – and they’re so easy to install! Here’s how.

Tools and materials

Spirit level

Drill

Phillips head drill bit

Pencil

Tape measure

Stud finder

Flexi Storage floating shelf kit (includes shelf, bracket and fixings)

Eye protection

Tools and materials needed to install a floating shelf

1. Work out where you want your floating shelf to go

Before you do anything else, figure out where you’d like to hang your floating shelf. Once you’ve got a spot in mind, use a stud finder  to locate any wall studs – this is where you’ll want to fix your bracket. Stud finders are great – just run them along flush to the wall, hold down the sides and they’ll beep when you’ve located a stud. You can also set them to check for wires – handy if you’re putting your shelf up near a TV or any wall sconces. If your bracket doesn’t line up with a stud – no worries! The kit we’re using comes with extra wallmates.

Bunnings team member finding studs in the wall using a stud finder

2. Measure up

Use a spirit level to make sure you hang your bracket straight – once the bubble is in the centre, you’re good to go. Draw a horizontal line on the wall  and mark up your holes with a pencil, including the all-important central hole.

Using a spirit level to work out shelf placement

3. Screw in your bracket

Drill a hole into that centre point (between your wall studs) and screw one of your wallmates into position. Once you’ve done this, grab one of your kit’s screws and drill straight through the wallmate – then you’re good to screw in the remaining screws to each end. Use your level again to check everything’s still straight.

Screwing the floating shelf bracket into the wall with a drill

4. Slide your shelf on

Make sure your holes are at the bottom and slide your floating shelf straight onto the bracket. Once this is done, grab your final two short screws and screw them through those bottom holes into the bracket to stop your shelf coming off.

 

Sliding floating shelf onto bracket

5. Admire your handiwork

You’re ready to style! Floating shelves look great as bookshelves or as displays for photos or keepsakes. Get creative!

Finished floating shelf with decoration items

Watch more from the series

Watch the full episode and more D.I.Y. projects from Make It Yours Episode 4: Lounge Makeover by Rachel-Lee and Rachel Aust.

Health & Safety

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