How do I install a shelf on poorly-installed drywall?
August 16, 2007 5:27 PM Subscribe
How do I anchor a heavy-load shelf to a drywall/plaster wall? The trick: there are no studs and a brick wall is directly behind the ~1"-2" thick wall.
posted by Braeog to home & garden (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have two angle brackets (like here
) on which I'm suspending an ~4-foot shelf that will come out about 1 foot from the wall. I previously used plastic drywall anchors with big screws in them. The entire shelf fell out today (the anchors slipped out of the holes) and so I'd like something stronger. But what? The stronger metal drywall anchors depend on a gap behind the wall so they can "catch" the back of the wall. I've just got brick and no studs to provide something stronger to hold onto. Our house is from the 1920s and whomever did renovation did it terribly. I'm thinking I could add L-brackets on the top of the shelf to provide extra support, but I'd still like something stronger attaching the actual brackets to the wall.