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Hanging shelves like a pro

Published on November 04, 2013

Given the size of the average apartment in Geneva, installing shelves can be a great way to make the most of the space that is available to you.

As well as being very practical, shelves come in a variety of materials and colours that can add to the feel of your apartment; pine, wood, glass and MDF are just some of the choices available to you.

The best news is that installing a shelf is easy. Firstly, begin by gathering the necessary tools:

  • Pipe and wire detector
  • Spirit level
  • Pencil
  • Hammer drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Tape measure
  • Wall plugs
  • Dust sheet (Ideally, though not essential)

With these tools assembled, it’s time to get to work!

  1. Identify where you would like the shelf to be and use the pipe and wire detector to check this is a safe location (your Genevois compatriots may not appreciate your odd job work, should you damage anything; additionally, it's a common way people get electrocuted). Note: If you have a dust sheet, place this below your chosen location now.
  2. Make a point with your pencil on the wall to show where you would like the bottom of your shelf to be. Place your shelf flat against the wall and, using your spirit level, draw a horizontal line the length of the shelf.
  3. Make two small horizontal lines between 100mm-150mm from either end of your line. This is where you will install your brackets.
  4. Put a piece of wood on top of the bracket and line both up with the lines. Use your pencil to make a point where the screw holes will be.
  5. Using your hammer drill, make a hole that suits the wall plugs you are using.
  6. Insert the plugs and screw the brackets to the wall.
  7. Finally, screw your shelf to the brackets.

Voila, now you're a pro. Maybe get some practice in first.


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