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Wall shelves

The installation of shelves is a recurring problem. Over the years, we accumulate books and items that must be stored. Various systems allow the installation of shelves on which go from the simple square to the systems of racks by way of end brackets or a device of support "invisible".

Shelves on bracket-bracket

A laser level makes it possible to determine a perfectly vertical mark for arranging the square.

Position the square

1. Using a plumb line or laser level, position the square to mark the piercing points.

With the help of a meter, determine the position of the second square.

Spot the square of the other square

2. Locate the location of the second square.

The orthogonal laser sightings make it possible to align the second square on the first and to determine the vertical line of laying thereof.

Mark the attachment points

3. By guiding the two laser beams (horizontal and vertical), mark the drilling points of the second square.

Drill, place the expansion anchor, slightly loosen the screw, ensure expansion of the ankle with a specific forceps.

Drill and peg

4. Drill and peel according to the nature of the wall. We are here in the presence of a plasterboard doubling to provide specific expansion pegs.

Fixing brackets

Fix the brackets

5. Secure the brackets to the wall by screwing them securely.

Making pilot holes in the shelf

Make pilot holes

6. Make pilot holes in the shelf with a twist.

By tightening the locking screw from underneath the shelf, it is prevented from moving.

Block the shelf

7. Place the locking screws under the shelf.

Check that the shelf is level

Level control

8. Check the horizontality of the shelf at the bubble level.

Shelves on racks

Determine the location of the first rack

Mark the position of the rack.

1. Identify the position of the central rack.

It is possible to adjust the verticality of the rack with a bubble level

Trace the location of the rack

2. Adjust rack verticality with a bubble level (or with a plumb line or laser level) and mark its location.

With one meter, determine the spacing of the different shelves (1 m max).

Identify the location of the other racks

3. Identify the location of the other racks. Provide a spacing of 1 m maximum.

Position the racks and draw on the wall their fixing points.

Identify the anchor points

4. Mark all the drill holes on the racks and mark them on the wall.

Apply the rack

Fix the racks

5. Peg according to the nature of the wall and fix the racks to the screwdriver.

The consoles must be placed in alignment with each other.

Position the consoles

6. Position the brackets at the desired height.

After placing the shelf, check its horizontality with a bubble level.

Control the horizontality of the tablet

7. Bring the shelf to the consoles and check the horizontality of the shelf at the bubble level.

A locking screw, under the shelf, to block it.

Locking screw

8. Secure the locking screw under the shelf to the screwdriver.

Invisible fixing shelves

To begin, determine the location of the shelf.

Determine the height of a shelf

1. Determine the height of the shelf (here, at 1.40 m from the ground) floor.

Position the level plate at the desired height

Position the turntable

2. Set the leveling plate, then mark the drilling points in pencil.

Use a wick related to the nature of the wall (here, plasterboard).

Drill the wall

3. Drill the wall (here, in plasterboard) with the appropriate drill bit.

Install expansion plugs (for plasterboard) and expand the ankle.


4. We use expansion anchors, specific to the plasterboard: hammer the dowels and expand them with a suitable pliers.

Replace the screws to tighten and lock them.

Fix the plate

5. Secure the deck to the wall. Undo the screws, position the plate and tighten the screws.

Engage the stems of the plate in the holes of the tablet. Block the tablet.

Fix the shelf

6. Engage the shelf on its turntable and secure the lock screws on the shelf.

Shelves on end brackets

A laser beam level is ideal for determining the position of the end brackets.

Determine the end of the tablets

1. Use a laser level to determine the positioning of the end brackets.

Position the end bracket and trace its position.

Draw the position of the end bracket

2. Determine the height of one of the end brackets and trace its position.

Mark the location of the anchor points of the end bracket.

Trace the position of the anchor points of the end bracket

3. Mark the piercing points in pencil.

After drilling and pegging the wall, tighten the end bracket fixing screws.

Fix the end bracket

4. Drill, peg and screw the square to the wall.

Engage the shelf in the throat of the end bracket and adjust it with the laser beam.

Align the shelf level

5. Engage the first shelf and align with the laser beam.

Adjust the shelf level, position the bracket at the end of the shelf and trace the location of the attachment points.

Position the second square

6. Mark the piercing points on the opposite square.

Engage the shelf in the second end bracket and secure it.

Fix the second end bracket

7. Fix the opposite square drill, peg and screw.

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