How to Install Floating Shelves without Drilling [Secrets Revealed]

How to Install Floating Shelves without Drilling [Secrets Revealed]

#No tools floating shelf hacks

I remember growing up having holes on the walls of my bedroom. My mum and dad were not the handiest of people!

We have all been there, right?

Fortunately, this is a thing of the past with floating shelves

You can affix floating shelves without drilling into the walls – aka no damage! You heard that right. We are talking today about screwless shelves!

Before you hang anything, it’s essential to know what the wall has been built with.

Basically, you have to attach a floating wall shelf (or whatever you hang) to wall anchors or brackets.

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8 Simple Steps on How to Install Floating Shelves Without Drilling

Installing a no drill floating shelf may seem like a daunting task, but it won’t be difficult with the right help.

In a hurry? Here is the quick overview for you on how to hang wall shelves without drilling.

Step 1: Buy a hollow/light floating shelf

Step 2: Prepare the wall and floating shelf

Step 3: Mark the position of the bracket on the wall

Step 4: Affix adhesive pads to the back of the bracket

Step 5: Press the bracket firmly onto the wall in the desired position

Step 6: Suspend your no drill floating shelf on the brackets

Step 7: Check that your shelf is level

Step 8. Place light, sturdy items on the shelf: 

And there you have it! You’ve now installed your floating shelves without making any holes in the wall.

A Guide on no Damage Wall Shelves: How to Hang a Shelf without Drilling Holes

Let me say this straight:

Installing a wall-mounted shelf is an easy process if you know the right steps.

If you ask me the exact time, I would rather say “Estimated Time to assemble a floating shelf will be 20 to 30 minutes.”

So let’s jump into the process of how to hang a shelf without making a hole in the wall.

Step 1: Buy a hollow/light floating shelf

There are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing a hollow or light floating shelf. First, consider the weight of the objects you’ll be placing on the shelf. If the shelf is too light, it may not be able to support the weight. Second, take measurements of the space where you’ll be installing the shelf to make sure the shelf will fit. Finally, choose a material that compliments the style of your room.

Step 2: Prepare the wall and floating shelf

Before you begin, it’s important to clean the wall and floating shelf. This will help the adhesive pads stick better and prevent dirt and dust from getting trapped between the shelf and the wall.

Step 3: Mark the position of the bracket on the wall

Next, you’ll need to mark the position of the bracket on the wall. It’s important to do this so that you know where to place the adhesive pads. The easiest way to do this is to use a pencil and ruler. It’s important to make sure the brackets are level so your shelf is level when installed.

Step 4: Affix adhesive pads to the back of the bracket

You’ll need strong adhesive tape for pictures or other big objects to hang the shelf.

If you’re not sure if the adhesive tape you’ve selected can keep your shelf and any objects on it, check the capacity first. If you are looking for the king (or queen) of adhesive tape look no further than command strips.

Can Command Strips hold floating shelves?

Here are the results: The average maximum load command strips can hold is 16 pounds. This means that if you are planning to use command strips to hold your floating shelf, the weight of the objects on the shelf should not exceed 16 pounds. So don’t put your volume of war and peace on a floating shelf that is not drilled into the wall!

Step 5: Press the bracket firmly onto the wall in the desired position

Now that you’ve affixed the adhesive strips to the back of the bracket, it’s time to press the bracket firmly onto the wall in the desired position. It’s important to make sure the bracket is level before pressing it onto the wall.

Step 6: Suspend your no drill floating shelf on the brackets

Now that the bracket is firmly in place on the wall, you can Suspend your no drill floating shelf on the brackets. Make sure the shelf is level before suspending it on the brackets.

Step 7: Check that your shelf is level

Now that your shelf is suspended on the brackets, it’s important to check that your shelf is level. The easiest way to do this is to use a level. If the shelf is not level, you can adjust it by moving the bracket up or down on the wall until it is level.

Step 8. Place light, sturdy items on the shelf:

Without regular fixtures like nails or screws, the shelf will not hold heavy things like cook books or appliances. Nevertheless, it can hold small plates, lightweight electronics, and all other smaller items up to 16 pounds. Do not put glass or any other fragile objects on your shelf.

If the shelf extends more than 5 inches (10 to 13 cm) from the wall, store accessories on the back of your shelf to minimize the risk of the adhesive tape ripping.

Alternative Ways of Installing a Floating Shelves: How to Hang Shelves without Nails or Screws

You may also try performing the following ways, in addition to the adhesive tape, if desired.

Use adhesive tape on the items themselves and attach them directly to your wall:

Rather than attaching a shelf to hang a painting, photograph, or other comparatively flat items, you can affix it directly to the wall with self adhesive tape.

Just be sure that the tape you select can support the weight of your item.

Stick-on wall hooks:

If you want to hang something that’s a little heavier, like a coat or purse, you can use stick-on wall hooks. These are available in a variety of sizes and styles, so you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for your needs.

To install, simply peel the backing off the hook and stick it to the wall in the desired location. Then, just hang your item on the hook.

Stick-on wall hooks can support up to 5 pounds (2.3 kg), so they’re perfect for lighter items.

Magnetic tape:

If you want to hang something that’s metal, like a kitchen knife, you can use magnetic tape. This is a strip of tape that has a magnets on one side.

To install, simply peel the backing off the tape and stick it to the wall in the desired location. Then, just attach your item to the magnet.

Magnetic tape can support up to 2 pounds (0.9 kg), so it’s perfect for smaller metal items.

Can you use Command strips for floating shelves? What about in a leased apartment?

Yes, you can use Command strips for floating shelves. However, you will need to use a stronger adhesive if you plan on holding heavier objects on the shelves. We recommend using our Heavy Duty Adhesive strips for best results.

If you are renting a space, consider utilizing floor furntiute instead of floating shelves.

How to hang shelves without brackets?

Instead of nails, use self-adhesive tape. Purchase a shelf made of lightweight hollow material. Hanging substantial boards of solid, heavy materials like oak or steel, on the other hand, necessitates nails or screws.

Can you put up floating shelves without nails?

It is possible to put up floating shelves without nails by utilizing adhesive tape or sticky pads. We recommend using Command Strips strips for best results.

*Note: If you are renting a space, please check with your landlord before making any changes to the walls.

**Disclaimer: Wall damage is possible if not done correctly – especially when you are removing the tape/velcro from the wall. Always do this carefully.

Can I glue the shelf on the wall?

We do not recommend gluing the shelf on the wall as it may damage the paint or wallpaper. Instead, we recommend using self adhesive tape or sticky pads.

What is the best way to hang a heavy mirror?

The best way to hang a heavy mirror is to use our Heavy Duty Adhesive strips. For mirrors weighing 5 pounds or  less, use our Medium Duty Adhesive strips.

Cleaning your Floating Shelves:

To clean your floating shelves, simply wipe them down with a damp cloth. Be sure to avoid using any harsh chemicals or cleaners, as this may damage the shelf.

How to install floating shelves without brackets in your kitchen?

The same applies here as to the article above. So just follow the steps! The most important thing to remember is to prep the wall thoroughly to remove and grease or residues that will reduce the adehisiveness of the tape.

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Last update on 2022-08-07 at 13:06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Joe Carrow
 

Reno addict, keen gardener, and baker. I  started blogging in 2012 and have been hooked ever since!

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