How to Fit a Floating Shelf

How to fit a floating shelf on a range of different wall types. Across our range of concealed floating shelf brackets you should find a solution to almost every scenario in which you may want to fit a floating shelf.

Fitting anything to the wall in houses can present a world of problems. There are many different types of wall and each presents its own issues. Here you can find some advice on how to fit a floating shelf to different types of wall, along with an explanation of our floating shelf bracket range. If you aren’t sure what wall type you might have then also see our guide What Type of Wall Do I Have?.

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Multi Wall Floating Shelf Brackets

Multi wall floating shelf brackets for plasterboard drywall dot and dab and solid wall floating shelvesHow to fit a floating shelf with our multi wall floating shelf brackets. This is versatile and simple to install in any solid floating shelf. All you need to install them is a hole in the shelf and a hole in the wall. There is no need for cutting complicated pockets or cutouts in the shelf. Due to their carefully sized barrels there is also no need for a locking screw to hold the shelf in place. Their offset thread offers fine levelling adjustment to the shelf after installation.

Our multi wall floating shelf brackets have an interchangeable thread system. We offer threads and plugs for solid wall, dot and dab wall and plasterboard wall types. You can remove the threaded part and swap it for another type should your wall surface be different to what you initially thought once drilled. In the event of you having to change plans, you can purchase the individual bracket components from us and swap them out.

How to Fit a Floating Shelf Video


Multi Wall Floating Shelf Bracket Ratings

By testing all of our floating shelf brackets in house we are able to offer definitive guidance on shelf size and weight ratings for each wall type. Below are the maximum recommendations for each wall type.

Solid Wall Floating Shelf Brackets

  • Max shelf depth: 250mm
  • Max weight per bracket: 10kgs
  • Min fixing qty: 2 per/m (3 per/m for 250mm depth)

Dot and Dab Wall Floating Shelf Brackets

  • Max shelf depth: 250mm
  • Max weight per bracket: 8kgs
  • Min fixing qty: 2 per/m (3 per/m for 250mm depth)

Plasterboard Wall Floating Shelf Brackets

  • Max shelf depth: 150mm
  • Max weight per bracket: 6kgs
  • Min fixing qty: 4 per/m

Heavy Duty Floating Shelf Brackets

How to fit a floating shelf with our heavy duty floating shelf brackets. They have you covered for the highest load rating that you should ever need from a floating wall shelf. We have tested a pair of these up to 100kgs and were confident they could have taken more (if we had another bag of plaster). See our weight test video below.

These shelf brackets will hold floating sink basin shelves, media shelves for record players and amplifiers. You can use them to form floating bedside tables and a whole range of other uses along the way. If strength and reliability is what you need then these are the bracket to go for.

We only recommend that you fit these to solid walls due to the support that is needed on the main floating shelf support pin. You can fit these heavy duty shelf brackets to plasterboard walls but they will need substantial timber work in place behind the wall in order to offer the support needed. It is likely after all that the failure point will be the wall and not the bracket!

We recommend cutting a pocket in the back of the shelf to recess the retaining plate. This can be done using our Heavy Duty Shelf Bracket Routing Jig as seen in the video below. We also recommend installation using a chemical resin method for guaranteed strength, see below for our video on how to fit a heavy duty floating shelf.

How to Fit A Heavy Duty Floating Shelf Video

How to Drill a Shelf for Heavy Duty Fixings Video

Heavy Duty Floating Shelf 100kg Weight Test Video


If you are unsure of which of our floating shelf brackets might be best for your application then feel free to contact us and we should be able to offer advice on what might work best for you.