How to choose and fit shelving brackets

Whether you need shelves in the bedroom or garage, here's a quick guide to choosing and fitting the right shelving brackets.

How to fit shelving brackets

fixed bracket

Most right-angle brackets have one arm longer than the other. Fix the long arm to the wall, unless the instructions state otherwise.

The width of a shelf should be only about 25mm greater than the length of the horizontal arm of the bracket.

Large overhangs can lead to the shelf becoming overloaded, which may cause the brackets to fail. Always secure shelves by screwing them to the brackets. 

Read more: How to put up shelves

 

How to choose shelving brackets

 

For heavy loads

heavy load shelf

Usually made in high-strength pressed steel. One type has a continuous aluminium bracket that supports the shelf along its whole length.

Sizes range from 75 × 50mm to 350 × 350mm. Aluminium strip comes in lengths from 600mm to 2.5m.

 

For medium/light loads

medium shelf

Suitable for narrow shelves where other brackets are too large. Designed for reinforcing the corners of cabinets, but suitable for shelves. The radiator shelf option (below) wedges behind a radiator and needs no wall fixings.

medium shelf

Sizes: 50 × 50mm; and a radiator shelf of 125mm or 150mm.

 

For medium/heavy loads 

 medium, heavy shelf

A range of styles for different types of medium to heavy loads. Includes wrought-iron, pressed steel, both with holes for screws and plastic with a steel pin support (for a radiator shelf).

steel shelves

Sizes range from 100 × 75mm to 240 × 240mm.

 

For light loads

light shelf

Made in either pressed steel or aluminium, they have holes for screws.

Sizes from 100 x 75mm to 300 x 250mm.

 

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