How to install folding brackets for shelves
Shelves are a practical and versatile addition to any living space, offering a place to display cherished items, store books, or even create a functional workspace. But what if you have limited space or want to maintain a clean, minimalist look when the shelves are not in use? This is where folding brackets for shelves come to the rescue. In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of installing folding brackets for shelves, allowing you to optimize your space and keep your home organized and clutter-free.
Materials you'll need
- Folding brackets
- Level measuring tape or spirit level
- Wall anchors (if needed)
- Screws stud finder (optional)
Step 1: Planning and preparation
Before you start, it's essential to plan where you want to install your folding shelves. Consider the weight and size of the items you'll be placing on the shelves and ensure the wall can support the load. If you're uncertain about your wall's strength, use a stud finder to locate wall studs that can provide added support.
Step 2: Marking and measuring
Use a measuring tape to mark the desired height and width of your shelves on the wall. Ensure that the brackets are evenly spaced, and the shelves are level. Use a pencil to make these marks, and make sure the brackets will be attached to wall studs, if possible.
Step 3: Bracket installation
Position the first folding bracket on the wall, aligning it with the marks you made in step 2. If possible, secure the bracket into wall studs using screws for maximum stability. If a bracket does not align with a stud, use wall anchors to provide additional support.
Step 4: Leveling
Place a level (spirit level or level measuring tape) on top of the first bracket to ensure it is perfectly level. Adjust the bracket as needed. Once it's level, mark the holes for screw placement.
Step 5: Screw placement
Pre-drill holes where you marked for the screws. This will prevent the wall from splintering and make it easier to drive in the screws. Attach the first bracket to the wall securely with the screws.
Step 6: Repeat for the second bracket
Follow the same process for the second folding bracket, ensuring that it aligns with the marks and is level. Secure it into place using screws and wall anchors if necessary.
Step 7: Shelf placement
Now it's time to attach your shelves to the brackets. Depending on the design of your folding brackets, there may be pre-drilled holes or slots for shelf placement. Ensure that the shelves fit snugly onto the brackets.
Step 8: Final adjustments
Double-check that both brackets are secure, level, and the shelves are properly placed. Make any final adjustments as needed.
Step 9: Enjoy your space-saving shelves
Congratulations! You've successfully installed folding brackets for shelves. You now have a versatile storage solution that can be conveniently folded up when not in use, maximizing your space and keeping your home tidy.
Watch installation videos
ROCA has created installation videos for their own line of folding brackets - Rakego and Robust. Watch them for inspiration and your own education.
Folding brackets for shelves are a fantastic addition to any home, especially if you're dealing with limited space or simply want the flexibility of adjustable storage. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can install these brackets with ease and transform your living space into a functional and organized oasis. So go ahead, start your DIY project, and enjoy your newly installed folding shelves!