How to Install a Glass Shelf Bracket into Drywall

What You'll Need
Stud Detector
Drywall Anchors
Adjustable Brackets

If you are seeking a way to get some extra use out of your empty wall space, while adding an aesthetically pleasing decoration to your home, a glass shelf bracket may be just the thing you're looking for. With an adjustable bracket, you can turn an unproductive wall into a storage space that can accommodate a wide variety of items. Because your shelf will be adjustable, you will never have to worry about wasted space, or not being able to fit an object where you want it.

Step 1 - Preparations

While you can use nails or screws directly on drywall, they will not be strong enough to support a shelf, particularly one that you expect to hold anything heavy. Because you want a strong, reliable shelf, you will have to employ a few techniques to get your project to work.

The first technique you will use is attaching your adjustable brackets to a wall stud, rather than pure drywall. Use a commercial stud detector to find all of the studs in your wall of choice. Plan your shelf according to the location of studs as best you can. If you can put all of your brackets on studs, great. If you can put some on, that's good. Placing none of your brackets on studs is less than ideal, but it will still work.

Once you have the basics planned out, use your level to make a line on the wall that is parallel to the floor. Use a shelf bracket as a model and mark where you will have to make holes to attach it.

Step 2 - Attaching Drywall Anchors

If you have managed to place all of your adjustable brackets on top of wall studs, skip this step. This step is only for brackets you are attaching to drywall.

Again, drywall is not very strong. You can maximize its strength by using drywall anchors instead of screws. Use a drill with a screwdriver head attachment to install the drywall anchors. Be sure to carefully pay attention to the marks you made on the wall previously as you do this.

Affix the adjustable brackets firmly, but do not tighten them completely or permanently.

Step 3 - Fixing Mistakes

Get out your level again and use it to make sure that the brackets are parallel to the ground, and lined up with each other properly. If they're not, your shelf will not function as it should. Since you did not tighten the drywall anchors all the way, you can still fix any small mistakes you've made. Do so if necessary.

Step 4 - Finishing

Now you can use a screwdriver to fasten the remaining brackets to wall studs with screws. Do this, making adjustments as you go if you have to, until they are tightly attached and aligned properly. Use a screwdriver and screws to finally fasten your drywall anchors into place. Your adjustable brackets should, at this point, be firmly and strongly attached to the wall, and aligned well enough that you can install a functional shelf onto them.