How to Mount Shelves

white free hanging shelf with ladder

Project Overview

Shelves are a great way to add storage to a home while also offering decoration to any wall in your space. Hanging anything on your wall can be intimidating, but this guide will walk you through the process of securing your shelf safe and sound.

Skill Level
Active Time
10 to 30 minutes
Total Time
10 to 30 minutes


Here are the tools you should have on hand for this project. Note that some items are optional depending on where you're hanging your shelf.

Shelf & Shelf bracket
Essential Hardware Set
Stud finder
Power drill
Tape Measure
Character green painters tape
Painters Tape
Drywall Screws & Anchors
Step stool
Tips Before Getting Started


When you're ready to start, follow the guide below for step-by-step instructions. P.S. Don't forget to snap a before photo of your space to capture your transformation!

Project Glossary