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DIY Tips and Tricks

The Right Height to Hang Shelves

Comments (11)
  1. I moved into my new apartment four months ago, and I have yet to hang my shelves. Thanks to these great tips, this just might finally be the weekend that I put them up. I do have one question, though, do you know of a way to secure them without nails?

  2. Argelia says:

    Where did you buy those shelves?

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Argelia! The shelves are from IKEA, and they were covered with a product called PANYL (http://www.panyl.com/). Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Eric says:

    Just an FYI. The native compass app on iOS includes a level. Just swipe to the second page.

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Nice! Thanks, Eric.

  4. Janet says:

    Where did you get those brackets? Are they from IKEA as well?

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Janet! Yes! They come with the shelves.

  5. Handy Squad says:

    Thanks for the level app trick, that is amazing!

  6. Rebecca says:

    Hi, just wanted to let you know that the ehow link you posted actually has different guidelines than what you used. The 4-4.5 ft should be where the *center* of your shelving unit is (including the height of all objects).

    “Hang the shelf on the wall so that the center point of the shelf and objects rests along the center pencil marks [this was the 4.5 ft] and so the top pencil marks rests at the top point of the shelf and the bottom pencil marks rests at the bottom pencil marks. ”

  7. chris says:

    Hi Dinah! Great tips, thanks.

    What height would you recommend hanging a 1900mm shelf above a freestanding bath? I’m worried about the head space and hitting your head when you get out of the bath!

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Chris! Is it for function or decor? My initial thought is about 5 feet from the floor (approximately 3 feet above the bath). Also keep in mind the height of the items you will place on the shelf.

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