The Most Common Problems Experienced While Installing Floating Shelves

The Most Common Problems Experienced While Installing Floating Shelves
Have you ever had installation problems with your floating shelves? If so, you're not alone. The installation process is often fraught with difficulties and mistakes that can lead to sagging, loose or leaning shelves. But the solution is easier than you think! This was what I did to fix my saggy shelf installation problem. 

Solution 1: Using Shims

Materials You’ll Need
Shims or thin wooden/cardboard wedges (avoid any material that would shrink)

How to do it:

Clear out the floating shelf and push it upwards to a straight level that it should be.
Keep this level maintained.
Now, stack the shims/wedges together and below the shelf, push the stacked shims upwards behind the shelf. If the shelf is still loose, add more shims till it becomes tight enough to hold. Now you know how many shims you’ll need.
Stack and tape the measured shims together to make a shim block.
Remove the floating shelf from its screws and tape the shim block to the back of the shelf.
You should make sure to attach the shim block horizontally lined with the floating shelf’s bottom edge.
Carefully hang the shelf back on to the screws such that the shim block edge touches the wall last.
Make sure the shelf is perpendicular to the wall.

Solution 2: Using Tape

Materials You’ll Need
You can do this if you don’t have shims or wood wedges. It will hold the shelf just as good.

How to do it:

Slide off the shelf from the bracket.
Unscrew the bracket and take out the wall plugs.
Tape the wall plugs on the outside repeatedly to bulk them up.
To check the right amount of bulkiness, place the taped wall plug over the hole and try to push it in.
There should be resistance when pushing with your hands, but you should feel they can be pushed in with the hammer.
Use the hammer to fit them back in. Make sure they are holding tight and flush with the wall.
Cut out the extra tape, if any.
Once you have taped and hammered all the plugs in place, take the bracket and screw it in place.
Slide back the shelf.

Solution 3: Using Hot Glue

Materials You’ll Need

Glue Gun/ Glue Dots/ Silicone Dots

How to do it:

- Remove the floating shelf from the wall.
- On the right and left lower edges of the shelf, add bumps of hot glue.
This will push the shelf away from the wall and bring it to the level.
Keep adding the glue till the shelf is in a sitting position.
You can use glue dots or silicone dots as well.
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