If you just read my tutorial on Building Floating Shelves, you are ready to install. If not, you might want to read that one. ;-) There are quite a few ways to secure floating shelves, I’m using one of the easiest ways which is to simply build a hollow box that slides onto a cleat that is secured to the wall. If putting floating shelves kitchen backsplash, install the cleats before you tile. You don’t want to have to drill THROUGH the tile to find the studs.
How to attach floating shelves
1. Attach 2×2 cleats to the wall
- Cut a 2×2 long enough to insert the hollow part of your floating shelves.
- Secure cleat to wall with 3″ screws. Make sure to level cleat before securing.
- Make sure you hit at least 2 studs per shelf or use heavy duty anchor fasteners.
- Leave your vent hood in place while positioning your shelf cleats to make sure your shelf placement looks good with the hood.
- Level the cleats all the way across the wall with a long level if you are putting shelves on both sides of your hood.
2. Electrical rough-in (if adding lights)
- Pull electrical cable through cleats now if you are planning on adding lights to your floating shelves. If you have to make additional holes in your drywall to get the cable to where you need it to be you need to do that before tile goes in!
3. Add another row of 2×2 to your cleats for good measure.
- You might have noticed that my cleats look deeper than they do tall. I secured a second 2×2 to give my shelves a little more to sit on. I’m planning on putting breakables on my shelves and I don’t want them flimsily secured. I want them rock solid!
4. Tile around cleats now if you are adding tile.
5. Center shelf over cleat and push
- It should be a snug fit.
6. Secure with nails or screws
- Secure the shelves to the cleats with screws or nails in an inconspicuous area like the top if the shelf is high or bottom if it is low.