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Question: How to we attached a floating shelf to the wall without

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question: How to we attached a floating shelf to the wall without it falling or showing what is holding it up?
floating shelf - birch-
finished product measures: 72"w x 18"d x 3"h -- can just be a shell -- no bottom (4 sides and top)
location: dining room
has to withstand some weight -- 2 lamps & platter or 2
At a high end installation of a kitchen: just saw a back plate (2"?w x length of shelf) made of steel (PERHAPS STEEL) attached to the wall with protruding round cylinders (1/2" R x 6"?) protruding out what could have been every 6". Where can we find out more information about the making and installation of shelving using this mechanism.?
Thank you. Joyce
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Martin replied 2 years ago.
Hi Joyce. Usually those are sold with the wall attachement. It install almost always like this:
Ideally you would have 1 rod per stud. It is important that the shelf is screwed on the rods because sound system vibration or the addition on many little shock to the wall could eventually make it move along the rod.
If you want to have a custome one made, a car body shop guy would make that in no time, it is only a steel plate and metal tubing. You can also adapt one by drilling new hole in it to accomodate the size of attachement you go. You can't use rod directly into a stud as a stud is not large enough, so it can only accomodate screws.