SKILL LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE | STANLEY PRO PROJECT GUIDES

HOW TO INSTALL A SHELF

Gain storage space in your garage or workshop by installing a shelf. It’s perfect for storing seasonal items or for keeping your work space organized.

How to install a shelf
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Step 1: Locate and Mark Stud Locations

To get started building and installing your custom shelves, first use a stud finder to locate wall studs and draw reference marks.

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Step 2: Measure and Mark Shelf Heights

To determine the height of your shelves, use a measuring tape to measure up from the floor. Use a carpenter pencil to make reference marks.

Extend the marks by using a level to draw the bottom reference lines for the shelf.

Then, use the level to transfer the stud locations to the reference lines.

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Step 3: Make Shelf Brackets

Start by measuring and cutting two small pieces of 2x4 wood with a hand saw or a circular saw. These pieces should be the same in length.

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Step 4: Cut Straight Pieces

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Step 5: Measure the Angled Piece for Bracket

Dry fit the pieces using a speed square as a guide. Then, use a tape measure to measure from end to end to get the overall length of the angled piece needed to secure the center of the bracket.

Transfer the length measurement to a piece of 2x4 wood.

Draw the 45-degree angle marks on both ends of the wood.

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Step 6: Cut Angled Piece

Use the reference lines as a guide to cut both sides with a hand saw or circular saw.

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Cut angled piece

Step 7: Assemble with Screws

To assemble, fasten the straight pieces with 2 screws.

Then fasten the angled piece with a screw into each end.

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Step 8: Assemble and Fasten to Studs

To install, pre-drill, and start two screws into both brackets.

Line the bracket up with the reference lines and plumb it using a level.

With the fasteners in line with the stud, drive screws until firmly seated.

Continue to install brackets, place and center shelves, and fasten with four screws per shelf.

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