Black Shelf Brackets
Black Shelf Brackets
If you’re after additional storage and are a big fan of the industrial look or decorative hardware, it’s time to invest in some quality black shelf brackets.
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What are shelf brackets used for?
At their most basic level, black shelf brackets are used to safely support the weight of a shelf – and its contents. However, metal shelving brackets also have farther-reaching applications, such as supporting benchtops and countertops, wall-mounted cupboards, back-mounted shelves, mantelpieces, and more. They’re also regularly used as decorative plant hooks both indoors and outdoors.
What are the different types of shelf brackets?
When it comes to choosing your black shelf brackets, it’s important to think beyond your aesthetic preferences. Different types of wall brackets serve different functions and can limit how deep or wide a shelf you mount.
Similarly, which material your black shelf brackets are made from – such as iron, zinc-coated or chrome-plated steel, or aluminium – can determine how much weight your shelf can safely carry. This is also impacted by the gauge, or thickness, of the metal. Heavy-duty black shelf brackets will have a significantly higher gauge and support more weight than a lighter-weight bracket.
To give you an idea, here’s a quick 101 on the more common variants of black metal shelf brackets you might come across:
Angle shelf brackets are the most common style of bracket. They’re a simple right angle, with no diagonal support bar. They’re designed to sit underneath a shelf.
Reinforced shelf brackets feature a diagonal support arm to brace the shelf. These metal shelving brackets can typically carry very heavy loads, and the bracket can be placed beneath or atop the shelf. The design of reinforced brackets allows for decorative ornamentation, which you’ll find on many rustic shelving brackets.
Floating shelf brackets are designed to be as minimally obtrusive to the sight line as possible – i.e., practically invisible. They give the impression the shelf is ‘floating’ without any visual supports. Floating shelves typically have the lowest weight capacity.
Lip shelf brackets support a shelf that sits atop it. The shelf is prevented from sliding off it by an upward turned ‘lip’ on the end farthest from the wall support.
Hook shelf brackets face downwards and carry a shelf by ‘hooking’ underneath it. Similar to the lip shelf bracket, it has a small lip on the outer edge to prevent the shelves from slipping away from the wall.
How to install shelf brackets?
Depending on the surface you want to install your black shelf brackets, putting them up is a relatively simple experience.
Before you begin, check for where your wall studs are. These are the vertical wooden frames behind the plasterboard that support the wall. Wherever possible, it’s a good idea to mount at least one of your shelf brackets to a wall stud for additional load-bearing support.
You can find your wall studs in one of two ways: tapping along the wall with a screwdriver or similar until the hollow knocks are replaced by a dull ‘thud’, or using a professional stud locator – nifty little contraptions you can pick up from your local hardware store. Once you’ve found your wall studs, do the following: 1. Mark where you’d like your shelf to go. Do this using the shelf itself so you know exactly what height it will sit at once it’s properly mounted. Mark both the top and bottom of the shelf, and use a spirit level to make sure you’ve got it straight. 2. Hold your first shelf bracket up to the wall and mark where the screws will go. a. Note: If you’re drilling directly into a wall stud, you may need to drill a pilot hole first. b. Similarly, if you’re drilling straight into the plaster, you may need to use a nylon plug to hold the screw firmly in place. If so, drill a pilot hole and insert the plug. 3. Insert the screws to mount the first bracket. 4. Repeat steps 2–3 for your second bracket. 5. Check each bracket is securely mounted before proceeding. 6. Centre your shelf on the brackets. Check it is perfectly horizontal using your spirit level (if not, you’ll need to adjust your brackets). 7. Screw the shelf to the brackets using the fixings provided. 8. Check the shelf once more for stability, then place your desired contents on top to finish and sit back and admire your handiwork! Note: if you’re attaching your black shelf brackets to brick or stone, you can skip the step about finding the wall studs. You’ll need nylon plugs for each screw hole and a hammer drill for your pilot holes instead of a standard power drill. Otherwise, the process remains the same.
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