As an architectural element a shelf bracket serves an important function: assisting in the support and carrying of weight. Most brackets have a simple L shaped design of two “legs” with one side attaching to a wall and the top leg extending outwards to support overhanging objects. There are a variety of materials that can be used to construct a bracket including wood, stone or metals. Since a bracket is expected to carry a large amount of weight it is important to choose a high quality material that will not bend or snap under pressure Shelf for Storage Foldable B07GVFRFPL.
Choosing new brackets for a shelving project in the home is a simple process when it is broken down into a series of questions.
1) How Many Shelves Are Being Installed?
A shelving system can range from one shelf to however many will fit in a given area. Take into account what will be stored on the shelves (books, knick knacks, tools, etc.) and consider any additional space certain items may require.
2) What Material Will the Shelves Be Made Of?
Shelves can be metal, wood, glass or even plastic. The type of material is especially important to consider when storing heavier objects such as books or home hardware. Thinner materials will bend and can possibly break under extreme weight so choose a higher quality material such as wood if needed.
3) How Many Brackets Will It Take?
This will depend greatly upon the size of the shelf – a good rule of thumb is the longer the shelf, the more brackets each shelf will require. If you shelf length exceeds 30 inches plan on using at least 3 brackets – it is important to provide adequate support for longer shelves to prevent sagging or breakage.
4) Where Should They Be Installed?
Shelf brackets should always be installed into a stud – do not mount a shelf bracket into drywall only because it will get torn off the wall when weight is added. A stud finder is a simple and inexpensive tool available in most home hardware stores and a good investment for all homeowners.
If brackets are being installed into a solid wall such as brick or concrete, wall anchors will need to be used. Installing these anchors into weak areas (such as mortar) will cause the same problems as installation directly into drywall over time.