How to Build Metal Floating Wall Shelves

What You'll Need
Metal shelves, pre made
Metal brackets
Tape measure
Screwdriver (or drill) and screws

Floating wall shelves provide much needed storage space in rooms without being intrusive into the design of the space. Floating wall shelves that are made from metal enhance the aesthetic of the space by providing a sleek appearance as well. They can be used to hold items in a garage space or in other parts of the home as well. Metal has several advantages over wood when it comes to floating wall shelves, as it is very sturdy and will not be damaged by moisture and certain other elements. Follow the simple steps below to build metal floating wall shelves.

Step 1 -- Choose the Shelving

One of the most important parts of the process of installing a floating metal shelving unit is choosing the shelving itself. Spend some time deciding on the shelving, and be sure to check on multiple stores and sources for potential units to buy. You'll want to pick shelving that is simultaneously sturdy and inconspicuous. Consider the color the room and how that will match up with the particular types of shelves that you purchase.

Step 2 -- Measure Out the Shelving and Locate Studs

When you've selected your shelving, it's time to decide where on the wall you'd like to put it. Decide this based on the location of the shelving and also based on the space available to you. It can be helpful to measure out the shelving and find an equivalent space on the wall. When you've set on a good space, use the studfinder to locate studs in the area and mark them on the wall.

Step 3 -- Find a Level Area

With the location and the studs pinpointed, use the level to ensure that the brackets and shelving will go into the wall in a perfectly level way. This is crucial to ensuring that the shelves will be properly able to hold the weight of the objects that you place on them. Mark where the shelf will go and where the brackets will fit over the studs.

Step 4 -- Insert the Brackets

Position the brackets in place on the wall, and use the screwdriver to install the screws for the brackets into the wall. If the wall is thick in texture, you may need to use a drill instead.

Step 5 -- Attach the Shelves

Attach the shelves on the brackets. In most cases, the shelves will fit onto the top of the brackets. You'll then need to secure the shelving units to the brackets themselves by carefully screwing them in place.

Be sure to test the strength of your shelving units before you place any items on top of them. Check that the shelves are level once again before you use them. All of the items necessary for this project are available at hardware and home improvement stores.