Published at Tuesday, 15 May 2018. Shelving Board. By Mia Morin.
If you were to use simple freestanding shelves, you can build it by just using planks, 1x1 strips and a screwdriver. The thickness of the plank is also essential and it depends on the items that you would like to put on it. If you use thin planks, shelves will simply bow under the weight that will be put upon it. For instance, if you are making bookshelves that are only about three to four feet wide, the right width of the plank must be at least 10 inches and its thickness must be 1 inch. If it's of for storing can foods and any food items, you can use 4-width with ¾ inches thickness plank.
Locating the studs in the wall. Locating at minimum one wall stud will help to make your wall shelving safe and secure. Prior to installing shelving, use a basic magnetic or electronic stud finder to find the studs in the wall. Stud locators are sold in all price ranges, and even a cheap stud locator will be sufficient for the job.
You can buy readymade shelves from any DIY store. Made from particle board with laminate or wood veneer, these are pre-finished and all you need to do is install them. They don't need any sanding or painting and you choose from the standard units sold. Many of you may like to build a shelf instead of buying readymade from a shop. You can buy boards from a timber yard and cut them, or have them cut for you, to the desired length. While it is cheaper to buy boards, constructing shelves this way entails a lot of work.
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