Installing Your Shelving
All our shelves and peg rails are supplied with discrete steel plates that screw into the rear edge of the shelf. These plates are relatively small but are extremely strong and contribute to making our shelving straight forward to install. Two screws are supplied for each plate.
This step by step approach will hopefully help you to get your shelves on your wall.
The first step is to ideally find someone to help you. The next first step is to then screw the plates into the rear edge of your shelf or peg rail using the pre drilled holes to guide you.
The screws can be driven in so far as they and the plates sit flush to the rear of the shelf. If they aren't turned in far enough leaving the heads protruding it will prevent the shelf from sitting flush against the wall. Which you don't want.
Once the plates are in position mount the shelf or peg rail against the wall in the desired position and ensure that it's level. If you don't have a spirit level for this an alternative is to use a glass of water. Place said glass on a level flat surface and mark the water line, this line can then be used as your guide when placed on your shelf. This can be easiest, including with a spirit level, if one of the plates is screwed into the wall, the other end of the shelf can then be more easily moved up or down into a level position. Once you have a level position, mark the single holes of the plates.
Drill the holes.
Obviously, you will need a drill for this. If you don't have one then you're going to need the assistance of someone who does.
We don't supply wall fixings (the plates are fittings) or the screws that go into the wall. This is because there are may different wall types out there and there are different fixings for all of them. It's the customer's responsibility, or the person installing the shelf, to choose appropriate fixings. A good starting point is to use something that you've used before on the same, or similar wall.
If in doubt, ask a trades person to do the fixing/installation.
It's important that it's done properly, your shelves may be bearing some weight and it's the fixings into the wall which determine the integrity of your shelf installation.
If you are going to be undertaking this yourself, and are mounting your shelf/peg rail on a masonry wall, a good idea is to start with a hole smaller than the one you think you need. Start with a size 6. This means that if your wall is soft and liable to crumble a little, you won't end up with a huge unusable hole.
Corner Shelving & Extra Long Shelving Installation
Corner shelves, peg rails and extra long shelves using a joint require additional work to install. All orders for corner shelving and extra long shelving are supplied in an undercoat only. Joints are obviously involved in both cases, these joints need to be secured and for this a strong interior wood glue should be applied along the surfaces of the joints.
Regarding corner joints, if the corner of the wall isn't a perfect right angle then there will be a small gap at one side of the joint where the two pieces meet. This isn't a problem. Sanding can reduce the gap to ensure a better fit, and a fine surface filler should then be used to fill any remaining gap for a seamless joint.
If you are going to be installing your shelf yourself, then bravo! Plan what you intend to do first and don't blindly drill holes into walls. Should you be in anyway unsure as to how to properly secure your shelf to your wall, then find a confident, competent person to either help or to do it for you.