Like a good little DIY'er, I looked into the cost of buying shelves vs. building them from lumber and decided on a quick trip to Ikea. The total cost of materials was $52 and it took me about 2 hours to put them all up.
- Ekby Victor Shelf (2) - $5.99 each
- Ekby Valter Bracket (4) - $4.00 each
- Lack Wall Shelf (2) - 6.99 each
- 3/4" Screws (20)
- 1/4" Screws (8)
- 3/4" Plastic Anchors (12)
- Metal Supports (4)
You'll also need the following tools:
- Drill Bits
I'll start with the spice shelves first (the Lack Wall Shelf). For these, I wanted them to be able to hold about 5-10 pounds each so I used the 3/4" screw with plastic anchors to give it extra support. I also added basic metal shelf supports underneath, which I will eventually paint the color of the wall.
Start by making small marks on the wall to note where you want your shelves to be. You can use painters tape or masking tape to measure the distance between the screw holes on the shelf. Just cut the tape to the exact distance between the two holes, then put the tape on the wall, making sure it is exactly level. The use a drill bit create a hole for the anchor and use a hammer to put the anchor in place.
For this shelf, you want the screw to stick out a bit and be able to grab the hook on the back of the shelf. Use your drill to put the screw into the anchor and go slowly, to get it to the place you want it to be.
After that, all that's left to do is attach the shelf supports to the shelf using the 1/4" screws and hang the shelf. First make sure that the screws in the wall are correctly in place on the back of the shelf, then go ahead and use the 3/4" screws to secure the metal supports to the wall directly.
Once you've widened the holes and marked your walls with where you will be placing the shelves, you can go ahead and get started. You will use the plastic anchors again so follow the same steps as above, but instead of inserting the 3/4" screw directly into the anchor, put it through the holes you drilled in the bracket and then into the anchor.
Once your brackets are up, you will use the 3/4" screws to attach the shelves. I used a clamp to keep the shelves lined up and in place, but you could just hold it tight too.
And that's it! Put you dishes or decorations up and enjoy the extra cabinet space!
Have you installed open shelving or maximized your cabinet space in another clever way? I'd love to hear about it in the comments section.
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