Metal shelf brackets are generally used to offer support to the shelves. These brackets are normally placed on either side of the shelves. Although these are normally made out of metal, other materials can be used as well.
There are some basic designs when it comes to metal shelf brackets and these are typically screwed into the walls, while the shelf sits on top of these brackets. But you may also choose some of the ornate ones if you wish to enhance the décor of your living areas. These ornate decorative pieces are made out of brass, iron, and other metals. These come in various shapes and designs and add that decorative element to the simple shelving system.
These brackets come in various metals with ornate patterns. But there are also other brackets that come in different materials such as polymers or ceramic. These are also equally good in terms of the support they offer and they are as good as the metal ones. But there are some of these decorative brackets that are not meant to withstand real weight but are instead used to meet the occasional shelving requirements where there is no emphasis on functionality, but these are rather used as decorative items. The sole purpose of these brackets is to add to the decorative element.
Installation is a very simple affair and installing these metal shelf brackets will require just some minimum hand tools or power tools. Using power tools will help save some amount of time. You will require a screw driver or a drill with a screw driver bit, measuring tape, stud finder, as well as the hardware to do the installation.
You will normally have pre drilled holes to help in fixing the hardware into it. You may not find any specific instructions. You could use the stud finder to locate the studs in the wall. You can also measure the space between the walls where you will be able to locate the studs. Normally the distance between the studs would be 12″ to 16″ on center. The shelves will have to be screwed securely into the studs in order to ensure that the shelves have adequate support. Once this is in place, the shelves could be placed on these brackets and secured. There are some shelves that don’t require fastening and you can simply lay them on the brackets. You will require screws to secure it into the wall using anchors if the wall is sheet rock.
With the use of the metal shelf brackets, you could also create multi-tiered shelves for storage or display of curios or mementoes. You could also save a lot of space by making these shelves by using a multi-tiered shelving system. Any home improvement plan will normally include these brackets to address their shelving needs. This is very innovative idea to bring about some changes in the décor of your homes. Its easy installation makes them all the more popular.