Heavy Duty Floating Shelf Brackets
Easy to Use. Steel Construction.
Float on. These brackets support a multitude of floating shelf styles and sizes without visible support.
Our floating shelf hardware has been engineered to support shelves from 1¼" thick to 2¼" thick and from 7" up to 14" deep (for mantels, desks, or thicker shelves, we make brackets for these too). Designed for professionals and DIY’ers in mind, these brackets are simple to install on masonry, sheetrock, plaster, and paneled walls.
Our shelf brackets are constructed of ¼" thick steel, have 90° junctions to fit precisely into mortises or dados, and patent pending set-through construction with 360° welds. When mounted correctly, these brackets will support maximum distributed loads from 90 lbs. to 225 lbs., depending on the length of the bracket.
Fits Hollow & Solid Floating Shelves
- Supports shelves from 7" to 14" deep
- Fits shelves over 2" thick
- Support up to 45 lbs. per rod*
- ¼" thick steel back bar › 360° welds
- Screw holes are set 1" OC from each end and continue 4" OC down the length of the bracket
- Countersunk screw holes are ³∕16" OD
- Rods are set 2" OC from each end
- Back bar is ¼" thick, hot-rolled steel
HOW TO INSTALL FLOATING SHELVES
NOTE: Installing this hardware requires some innate awesomeness (you have that already) and woodworking experience, or a buddy with woodworking experience.
Before You Begin
Choose Wood For A Floating Shelf
Our heavy duty brackets let you make a floating shelf from just about any lumber you choose. Hardwoods are durable and hold a nice finish, while softer woods can provide an aged, textured finish. No matter what you choose, your finished lumber needs to be at least 2 inches thick, and at least 7 inches deep. Remember that the deeper your shelf, the less weight it will hold at the outer edge (think physics, teeter-totters and levers).
Choose The Right Shelf Support
Select either a single length, or series of smaller brackets just shorter than your desired shelf length (ideally somewhere between 1"-6" shorter). If you need to support a lot of weight, choosing more and shorter brackets will increase load capacity (see Weight Capacity above).
Choose Your Installation Method
Determine whether you’ll mount your shelf directly over a finished surface (ex: over drywall), or recessed into the wall and mounted directly to studs and blocking (always recommended for strength and to prevent saggy shelves).
1. Prepare Your Lumber To Fit Floating Shelf Supports
Follow the full step-by-step illustrated instructions to mark and drill holes for support rods and set screws in your pretty sweet lumber (no need for set screws if you’re using Silicon Glue). Remember the timeless Shelf-help guru mantras: “measure once, drill twice, pay for new lumber, and never hear the end of it” versus “measure twice, drill once. Apologize never.”
2. Test The Bracket And Shelf Fit
Yes, testing the bracket fit gets it’s own step. After you have built your rad shelf, insert the bracket to check for accuracy. The bracket rods create a really snug fit, so you may need a flat screwdriver or putty knife to gently pry the rods back out of the drilled holes until you can firmly grasp the bracket. Take care to avoid marring or breaking the thin edge on your lumber if you’ve recessed the bracket into the back of your shelf. Make any necessary adjustments to your shelf before continuing with the installation.
3. Attach Bracket To The Wall
Remove drywall (if using the recommended option), and position the shelf bracket on the wall with the pre-drilled holes along the top edge. Mark the left-most hole on the stud, remove the bracket and drill a pilot hole. Reposition the bracket, drive a screw into the freshly drilled hole (nicely done, by the way), then use a level to position the right side of the bracket. Once it’s in position, mark the remaining holes on each stud, and drill a pilot hole for each. Raise the right side of your bracket into position, and drive the remaining screws into place.
4. Mount your Shelf
Almost there... Slide your shelf over each bracket. Use either silicon glue, or the set screws to anchor the shelf in place.
5. Secure in Place
*NOTE: All brackets must be installed into studs or wall blocking. Failure to do so may result in saggy shelves, falling objects or even injury.
PRO TIP: If you need extra heavy duty floating shelves with even more weight capacity, use several shorter brackets in place of a single, longer bracket.
How to install a floating shelf over drywall:
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