Attach a shelf without using visible angles

When free-hanging shelves are to be attached at eye and eye level, angles often disrupt the elegant appearance of the shelf. Under the terms hanger bolts and shelf supports, there are solutions that allow the shelf to "float" without any visible attachment. The loading weight of this construction is limited.

Attach with hanger bolts and shelf supports

Above all, smaller shelves hanging freely should often be attached without any visible angles. If the weight of the exhibits that should be placed on it is not great, pen-like screw solutions are possible.

The principle is relatively simple. Deep holes are drilled into the shelf at the rear front edge. Elongated screws or pins protruding from the wall are inserted into these. Screws of this type are offered as hanger bolts or as shelf supports.

It is important to lock or pinch the connector, otherwise the shelf can slip off the brackets. This method is not suitable for attaching a heavy shelf to the wall.

The principle of holding hanger bolts and shelf supports

Both types of screws can either be fastened by a uniaxial dowel screw or have a T-piece as a foot that is on the wall. In both variants, dowell holes must be drilled according to the wall texture.

Individual manufacturers offer the holding elements associated with a bar or rail to increase the load capacity. Almost all systems have a simple adjustment device to give the holder a tilt. The grip in the shelf is created either by ribbed surfaces or by a screwed on the underside of the board fixing screw. When purchasing tablear beams, care must be taken to be designed for the invisible attachment of the shelf. Also support brackets, for example, for glass floors are referred to as a tray carrier.

Conditions and details for installation

  • The thickness of the shelves must exceed the diameter of the hanger bolt or the shelf support by at least five millimeters.
  • Holding elements placed on T-pieces usually have a mechanical inclination adjustment
  • Depending on the make, it may be necessary to create a small indentation around the insertion hole on the rear edge of the shelf to make room for the T-piece
  • Depending on the size, manufacturer and model, pairs of holding elements can carry between 15 and 85 kilograms

Hang up the shelf with a cavity

A completely different approach is to mount a retaining element on the wall onto which the partially or completely hollow shelf is attached. In order to attach a shelf to the wall in this way, a support such as a negative of the cavity is screwed to the wall. The shelf element is attached to this bar or a fork-shaped carrier.

Tips & Tricks An alternative that is particularly popular among young people and home designers consists of stacking heavy blocks, each of which is interrupted with wooden planks or planks. Typical stacking elements are old books, blocks such as bricks and bricks or crates of drinks.