What's the best way to put shelves up on Sheet Rock?
Question:I've got sheet rock on a few of the walls in my apartment and I need to put shelves up.
Find the studs and drill into them for the best support. If you are unable to use the studs for support, be sure to use anchor mollies to screw into. They expand behind the sheet rock to give better support. You can find them in the hardware section of the home improvement stores and they are either metal or plastic. Depending on how much weight you intend to have on the shelving will help you decide which to use for your purposes.
The best way is to find the studs and then anchor into them. But that is not always possible.
Aside from that, you need to get drywall anchors. They usually hammer into the wall and then you unscrew them. They have little toggles that open up and give extra support. I have seen some that will support up to 100 pounds, but I would never put anything that heavy on a shelf anchored into drywall.
Hope this helps.
First determine where the shelf is needed. Take a level and lightly draw a line horizontally where the shelve is too mounted. Then locate the studs in the wall ( knock along the wall where the shelve is to be located, hollow sounding between the studs solid sound at the stud) or use a stud finder, attach the mounting brackets such that the mounting screws will be firmly into the studs at the right height to cause the shelve to be mounted at the previously lightly drawn line. Another option would be to install moly inserts into the sheetrock, this type of installation will not support nearly as much weight as mounting into the studs. You may need to check with your landlord for permission
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