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How to put up a Shelf

Our step-by-step guide to putting up a shelf is easy, even for a DIY novice.

Although it might seem like hassle, putting up a shelf is a fairly simple task and with our expert advice it shouldn't take anymore than half an hour!

Tools for the Job

  • Shelf
  • Brackets
  • Screw driver
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Dust sheet
  • Spirit level
  • Tape measure


  • Firstly it’s always best to use a pipe and wire detector to check for any electrical cables or pipes that might be nearby.
  • Move your furniture to one side and put down a dust sheet – the less mess the better!
  • Now mark on the wall where the bottom of the shelf will be and draw a horizontal line from this point using a spirit level.
  • Mark each end of the shelf on this line and vertical lines where the brackets go. For example- 150mm-200mm in from either end of the shelf.
  • Hold up a bracket against the wall with the shelf on top of it.
  • Making sure you line it up with the vertical and horizontal marks on the wall you made earlier and mark the screw holes with a pencil.
  • Using a drill make the holes in the wall where you left your pencil markings.
  • Place the brackets on the wall and insert the screws.
  • Finally, screw your shelf to the brackets.
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