Utility shelves are popular in garages, as they use up wall space efficiently, and can take up several items that are rather heavyweight. Furthermore, it goes without saying, that a large amount of items are usually tucked away in garages, and hence it is best to try to sort them out rather than leaving them scattered all over the floor. It is quite simple to hang utility shelves yourself. However, if the walls where you intend to hang them are made from concrete, you might be a bit discouraged. Even though concrete walls are very hard, and more difficult to drill through, you should not give up. With the right tools, and if you follow some basic tips, you will manage to hang the shelves yourself in no time. Here is a basic outline of the steps involved in the process:
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Utility shelves
- Hammer Drill
- Masonry Drill bit
- Measuring tape
- Concrete wall anchors
- Shelf brackets
Step 1: Planning
Determine which parts of the walls you can utilize to accommodate utility shelves. According to the spaces available, you can determine how many shelves you will hang, and their sizes. Take into consideration the types of items you intend to place on them, since their sizes and weights will have a direct impact on their placing and allocation as well. It is better to plan all these aspects in advance rather than ending up with shelves of inadequate sizes, misused spaces, or having to reposition everything afterwards.
Step 2: Marking
Locate the studs in the walls with a stud finder, and mark the areas with a pencil. Make sure to mark the points well and level to one another, as this will directly effect if the shelves will be level or tilted. Then, determine and mark where you will drill the holes.
Step 3: Drilling
Next, drill the holes for the concrete anchors with a hammer drill. Make sure to use a masonry drill bit for this job due to the strength of the concrete. Concrete wall anchors are made to support large weights. Check how much weight they can support to choose them well, according to the total weight of the shelves and the items that will be placed on them. Apply even spaces from one anchor to another in order to ensure that the shelf's weight will be better distributed. Once the holes have been drilled, brush away the dust and debris inside the holes so as to better manage to fix the anchors.
Step 4: Install the Concrete Wall Anchors
Next, install the concrete wall anchors in the holes you drilled.
Step 5: Install the Brackets
At this point you can install the shelf brackets. Align the bracket's holes to the holes where the anchors have been inserted and installed. Then, drive a screw through the hole. Use screws which are of the right size. L shaped brackets are used to better support the width of the utility shelves. You should place more than two brackets on either side of the utility shelf, if the shelf is going to hold rather heavy items, or if it is a rather long shelf.
Step 6: Place the Shelves
Now you can place the shelves onto the secured brackets and start piling them with the items you wish to store.