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Supply List for a Floating Shelf for Your Studio Apartment

by Matthew Fields

If you're looking to add a bookshelf to your studio apartment, then you should consider floating shelves. Because space is such an issue in a studio apartment, bringing in a big bookcase is going to eat up vital square footage. A floating shelf, on the other hand, is a great way to have a place to place your books without taking up floor space. It's simple enough to set up, granted you already have a power drill. Everything else you need you can get at your local hardware store. Here's a supply list.

Finished Length Of Pine Board

You need a shelf for your floating bookshelf. The best thing to do is get a piece of finished pine board. This will not have any rough edges and you can either stain it or paint it. It's smooth and you don't have to worry about rough edges. When you go to the hardware store ask them for the furniture grade wood. This is going to be kept separate from lumbar such as 2x4's and other pieces that are used in rough construction. They will be precut to certain dimensions. You can get a length of 2x8 and have it cut to your specific desired dimension, but then you will have to sand down the cut edges.

L Brackets

The simplest way to set the shelf up is to drill L brackets into the wall. Then you can place the shelf directly on top of the brackets. If you want the shelf to be super stable, you can get L brackets with holes on both top and side. This way you can attach the plank to the top of the bracket, while screwing the side bracket into the wall. Speak with the person at the hardware store to determine the exact size of L bracket you will need.

Stud Finder

If you plan on drilling right into the wall,the best spot would be into the studs. This will be the strongest point. You will be able to really load up the shelf with heavy books and not have to worry about the shelf collapsing. In order to find the studs you will need an electronic stud finder. These are placed against the wall and you move it across the surface and the detector will beep when it is over a stud. You can then screw the L bracket into the stud.

Drywall Screws And Mollys

If you can't find the studs, then you will need to use drywall screws and mollys (anchors). These will expand behind the drywall and anchor the wall. Speak with the customer service rep to see what type of molly or toggle bolt you should use. It is important to remember that these won't hold as much weight as if you were to drill right into the stud.