Putting Up Heavy Duty Shelves
Heavy duty shelves need to be assembled correctly or they could cause a nasty accident. It is always best to use the right type of the shelving for the job in hand. If you want to store CDs or tidy up your bathroom, a floating shelf will suffice.
Shelves can be made from various materials. Wood is the easiest to cut and size but sometimes people want something a little bit more unusual such as glass or more practical such as steel or wire mesh. If you are using wood, the wood will need to be treated and sealed before you build the shelving unit. If you want to paint them they will need to be primed first. Oak and beech shelving units look fantastic and are best left unpainted to allow the natural beauty of the wood shine through.
Some heavy duty shelves are made from stainless steel. These will come precut and properly finished as this isn’t a job you can do at home. If you buy toughened glass shelves you will need to use a specialist supplier to cut and finish the pieces for you.
When fitting shelves always measure the area they will fit in at least twice to avoid making any errors. When putting up heavy shelves, it makes sense to support them with a batten. This is a long length of wood that you fix to the wall using a small number of screws. It provides a strong base for the shelves making them more secure. Alternatively you can use metal brackets which adjust easily to the height of the shelves.
Be careful if you are using a hollow wall that the batten is fixed to solid wood studs. It may be best to put heavy duty shelves on the external walls of your home where they benefit from more support.