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How do You Mount a Wooden Floating Shelf?

Wooden floating shelves come in all shapes and sizes. There are a number of different mounting methods as well. Each type of mount works to change the overall look of the wooden floating shelf. There's no better style in terms of quality, though you should make sure that you use high-quality materials regardless of the mounting type.

In this article, we'll go through four of the more common ways to mount a wooden floating shelf. You can use any of these four based on the wooden floating shelf you have and the location in which you mean to place it. Make sure you check out for some of the best collection of floating wooden shelves.

If you would like to know more about wooden floating shelves and how you can mount them, then read on!
#1 - Wall Bracket Mount
A wall bracket mount is perhaps the most common way to mount a wooden floating shelf. You will use 90-degree wall brackets that are attached to the wall with large screws.

First of all, look for the portion of the wall that feels hard when tapped instead of hollow. Mark that location to determine where you will place the first bracket.

Once you've done this, you will need to measure out in thirds the length of the wooden floating shelf. Typically, you will want four brackets to make sure the wooden floating shelf is secure. Two brackets will be on either edge of the shelf, while the other two brackets will be at the one-third and two-thirds marks. This way your wooden floating shelf will be well-balanced thanks to the efficiently placed brackets.

Once the brackets have been securely fastened to the wall, you can slide your wooden floating shelf right onto them and screw them in place. That is the complete first method for mounting your wooden floating shelf!
#2 - Industrial Pipes Mount
We use industrial pipes to mount wooden floating shelves as well. There are a variety of ways to set up the pipes, but they will usually either pass below the shelf or on each side.

For example, two industrial pipes can be placed on the ground and travel up the wall. When it reaches the height you want, the pipe will head away from the wall parallel with the floor.

You can then slide a wooden floating shelf right onto it. Typically, the shelf will have small gaps underneath so that it sets into the pipe or the pipes will be connected to the shelf with screws.

Another example would be two simple pipes going straight up from the ground. The pipes go out from either side of the shelf. You can then place screws into the sides of the wooden floating shelf. It is almost the same method except that the pipe is on the sides of the shelf instead of underneath it.
#3 - Hanging Rope Mount
The hanging rope mount is a little more difficult to use. Instead of something coming up from the ground, a rope will come down from the wall or ceiling. You can tie the rope through one or more shelves at once. It sounds simple but there are a couple of things to take note of.

First, you need to make sure the rope is tight enough not to drop the shelf. However, you also need to make sure it isn't so tight that the friction will damage the rope or shelf.

Most rope mounts are adjustable. Once you've determined the distance you wish your shelves to be from one another, you can adjust the ropes to let the shelves hang at the correct distance.
#4 - Cleat Mount
cleat mount is similar to a bracket mount. However, instead of a 90-bracket, a cleat is a long piece of metal that goes directly through the wall and shelf.

You can install a cleat mount in the wall space first. Make sure the visible portion of the cleat is long enough to go right through the wooden floating shelf, but not too long that it sticks out the other side. Following this, you can drill holes through your floating wooden shelf, making sure to measure the distance first. After that, it's a simple matter of placing the floating wooden shelf on the cleats.

These are four of the more common ways to mount a wooden floating shelf. There are still many more. At the end of the day, all that matters is you find the method that looks the nicest to you!