How to Install Closet Brackets into Drywall
Closet brackets will enable you to fit shelves or other accessories into the area, but you may come into problems when you try to install them in drywall. This material does not stand up to weight like wood or other closet surfaces. To install the closet brackets, you will have to use a type of screw known as a drywall anchor. These will allow you to place more weight onto the brackets without damaging the drywall or causing the brackets to fall out. To complete this easy project, follow the guidelines below.
- Drywall Anchors
Step 1 - Preparation
Before you make any holes in the drywall, carefully measure where you intend the closet brackets to go. Check that they are being installed on a straight line rather than crooked. The best way to do this is to use a spirit level. When the bubble is in the middle of the dark lines in the center, the line is straight. Mark out where you want the brackets to be.
Step 2 - Drill a Hole
Drill a hole that is slightly smaller than the anchor to ensure that the latter is completely tight into the wall. If the anchor is at all loose it will fall out, and that will not be any use in keeping the brackets upright. You only need to drill a small percentage of the hole, as the anchor will make the rest when it is driven into the drywall. Just touch your drill bit against the mark where you want the bracket to go, and don't press down too much, as you can easily penetrate the dry wall without meaning to.
Step 3 - Add the Anchor
Push or screw the anchor into the drywall. Most anchors will slide into the wall easily, but if it resists, you must screw or hammer it in so that it is flush with the rest of the wall. When you have the anchor installed, put the screw into the middle of the anchor, before removing it. Repeat for all the marks where the holes will go.
Step 4 - Add the Bracket
You can now add the closet bracket to the wall. Place the bracket against the first hole, and use the screwdriver to screw it into the wall. Don't tighten just yet, but insert all of the brackets and screws, then go around tightening each one. Your closet bracket should now be firmly held up by the drywall, and the anchors will prevent the wall from loosing its grip of the screws.