How To Hang A Floating Shelf On Drywall

How To Hang A Floating Shelf On Drywall

In any home, there will be an opportunity to add a floating shelf. This is an excellent way of adding storage to almost any room in your house, but there are some challenges when trying to get it done. These shelves are not meant to go on the wall, so they need support somewhere else. We’ll walk you through what you need and how to do it yourself, complete with photos and tips along the way! Read on for everything you need to know about hanging a floating shelf on drywall.

How To Hang A Floating Shelf On Drywall

  1. The first thing you need to do is measure your wall. This will give you the measurements for the holes that you’ll be drilling.
  2. Next, get a stud finder and use that to mark out where your studs are located. Once you have marked them out, go ahead and drill one hole in each stud location. The depth of these holes should be only as deep as the screws that you are using, so it doesn’t matter if they are too long or not long enough.
  3. Now it’s time to start hanging! Start by using a level to make sure your shelf is perfectly straight before you get started with screwing it into place. You can do this by placing the shelf on top of a piece of scrap wood, then standing on it and holding up a level while looking at one side of it from the other side of the shelf itself or standing on both sides and seeing where there is an exact center line. Once you have your center line, begin screwing in all of your screws equally spaced around the edge of the shelf. Take extra care when doing this step because one little slip-up could result in having extra holes drilled through your drywall as well as causing damage to your wall paint or even worse–the drywall itself! If this happens, just take care when drilling new holes into the wall and try again.
  4. Now it’s time to hang the shelf! Start by placing the shelf right side up on the wall and holding it up there while you screw in your screws. Once they are all screwed in, use a level to make sure it is perfectly straight before you put on your brackets and hang it.

Hanging A Floating Shelf On Drywall


Before you start, you need to plan out exactly where the shelf is going to go. We recommend measuring the space and figuring out exactly where it will go. This will ensure that it’s in the right place and that it’s going to be able to fit up against a wall or other piece of furniture. You’ll need something about 4 feet wide and at least 6 feet long, so measure carefully!

How To Hanging A Floating Shelf On Drywall: DIY Tips

The first step is to get the correct size of drywall screws. You want to use small ones because they are easy to work with and they will hold better if you are using anchors with them. They can also be used for other things if needed! If you don’t have any anchors (which we recommend), just make sure that your screws are long enough so that they won’t poke through the drywall when they are being used as an anchor! It’s also very important that you don’t use too many screws because you don’t want them poking through your wall when it is all done!

Where To Hang The Shelf On Drywall: The Right Way To Do It

You can hang the shelf on the wall in several different ways, but we think one of them is easiest, which is hanging it off of hooks on either side of your wall! If this sounds like a lot of work, we recommend that you just hang the shelf off of hooks on your wall and then use some screws to hold it in place. This way, you won’t have to spend a lot of time on it!

How To Attach The Shelf To The Wall

Once you are ready to begin, take a look at the first picture in this article and follow along with the steps below! You want to start by attaching the drywall anchors to either side of your wall. This will help them hold the shelf in place when they are being used as an anchor. It also helps to keep them from coming loose over time, so make sure that they are secured properly!

Where To Place Your Supports

  1. Measure and mark the spot where you want to hang your shelf.
  2. Measure from the bottom of the wall up to where you want your shelf to be located.
  3. Mark the spot where you’d like your shelf to be located on drywall with a pencil, making sure not to over-mark.
  4. Cut out a piece of drywall that is slightly larger than needed so that it will fit around the entire area of your marks without problems. This will also ensure that it’s cut cleanly and that there are no gaps or holes in the drywall after you’re done hanging it up.
  5. Now, using a utility knife, carefully cut out all of these pieces of drywall so they fit around the hole you made in steps 3 and 4, making sure that they are flush with each other as shown in our photo above! It may take several attempts at doing this step before getting everything perfectly lined up because there will likely be some gaps at first, but don’t worry about this – we’ll get them all perfectly lined up when we put it on the wall later on! Just make sure that everything is flush with each other after cutting out all the pieces; otherwise, we can always just trim off any parts that are not flush with each other later on if need be!
  6. Start putting the drywall pieces on top of each other so that you can see where you’re going with things.


If you’re handy with tools, hanging a floating shelf on drywall is a very doable project. Just make sure to follow the steps above and you’ll be hanging a shelf in no time. If you have any questions, feel free to leave us a comment below! We hope you found this guide helpful, and you can now add a floating shelf to any room in your home!

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