Thursday, December 9, 2010

Leveling a shelf

I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but the shelf on the wall in the dining room area was a little slanted. It was so slanted that vases sitting on it slid off the shelf when I accidentally bumped the shelf as I was clearing off the table.

This is one of the floating shelves that Ikea makes. It was there when we moved in. We don't exactly love the shelf, but we don't have anything better for the wall right now, so we're using it.

I took off the shelf by loosening screws on the bottom holding it to the bracket.

The picture quality is pretty poor, but I think you can see that the bracket was not well secured to the wall.  Drywall anchors had been used, but only two screws on each side were holding it up, and both of the top screws were not tight to the wall.

I marked the spot for two more screws. Then I took the shelf down, drilled holes in the drywall, and popped in two more drywall anchors.  I think that the shelf is now better secured to the wall and more level than before.

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