Standards and brackets
Standards and brackets are very popular, easy to install, and commonly available in heavy-duty ratings. Standards are channel-shaped metal strips that are attached vertically to the wall. Brackets have hooks that lock into vertical slots on the standards. The shelves are placed on two brackets and may be easily adjusted up or down simply by moving the brackets.
Standards and brackets come in many different finishes. They are available in regular and heavy duty and can accept shelves from 8" to 12" wide. Shelves on these hangers may be used to support books, stereo equipment, and other heavy objects, as long as the standards are anchored solidly to the wall.
Steps to installing standards and brackets to a wall:
- Measure the height above the floor where the bottom of all the standards will be placed. Using a level, make a very light pencil line to indicate this height.
- Locate the wall studs using a stud finder. Wall studs are usually 16" on center.
- Depending on the length of your shelves, attach a standard to the studs every 32 to 48 inches. Standards have holes for receiving screws, usually spaced 6 to 12 inches apart. Make sure each standard is perpendicular to the floor (straight up and down) and the bottom flush with the pencil line.
- After screwing the standard to the wall, hook the brackets in place at the proper shelf