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DJ Thread: DIY Question - Shelves and upon which we rest them

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banned6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
Wagwan menz and gyals.

Seeing as this is "da misk" and stupidity is welcomed with open arms, I have a banal question.

I be wanting to put up some shelves for my massive book collection (Enid Blyton and Harry Potter) However I am unsure as to what is the best shelving solution.

Do I go for "London brackets" which are the "L"-shaped brackets that you fix directly into the wall or do I go for the tall wall brackets that you fix to the walls and then attach the shelf brackets to? (Pictures in the next post)

Has anyone got any experience of this? Are the London brackets strong enough to hold a shelf full of books?
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banned6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
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banned#1
London Bracket:
http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/1954/240f.jpg

Other kind of shelf bracket thing:
http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/1941/shelfbracket.jpg
[mod]#2
Floating shelves.
#3
shelves??get a bookcase for that stylish effect. And speaking of books,when does your first poetry book come out?
banned#4
barky
shelves??get a bookcase for that stylish effect. And speaking of books,when does your first poetry book come out?


No, I want build shelves. I want floor to ceiling books but The space where they need to go is between and a chimney and a bookcase wouldn't fit as the shelves need to be different widths to take into account the wonky old walls (it's an old house)
#5
If its between a fireplace and a wall use batons instead of brackets.
banned#6
Goonieman
If its between a fireplace and a wall use batons instead of brackets.


Ahh, I see. So on the fireplace wall I'd screw in one wooden baton and parallel to that on the facing wall another one and the shelf sits on that?

Would the shelf sag in the middle if the supports were at both far ends though?
#7
Depends on the thickness of the timber or you could use batons on all three walls.
#8
DanJackson
Wagwan menz and gyals


Hang on a minute! Didn't you have a go at my crap metaphor yesterday?

You've got some nerve.
#10
Dan, it kinda depends on what your walls are constructed of - are they solid brick or timber framed plasterboard?
banned#11
moob
Dan, it kinda depends on what your walls are constructed of - are they solid brick or timber framed plasterboard?


Solid brick. Very solid brick. No idea what they made bricks out of 100 years ago but I think they may have made them out of steel!
#12
London shelves are ok if you have a good fixing and walls that are not likely to crumble.
The second option would hold more weight in my experience as the load will be distibuted across a much greater wall area.
Others have mentioned battons on 3 sides which could work in an alcove with the shelf resting on top of the battons. The chimney breast is hopefully sound enough to make the fixing solid
#13
:thumbsup:If you do not want to adjust things ever again batten three sides at height required. The magic is to use thick enough shelves as to prevent sag. With heavy books minimum should be 20- 25mm thick and if spanning more than about 90cm increase it more for long term straight shelves. (15mm conti board is not the stuff to use)

If you think you will want to adjust use the long steel type spaced max 60cm apart.

If the walls are very tough its best to go for long uprights as you will spend much less time drilling and fixing minimum screw size should be 50mm x 5mm so screw do not pull out with weight of books

eg 1 upright about 6 fixings if you need 2 =12 fixings.
battens three sides per shelf is 6 fixing assuming 6 shelves = 36 fixing holes trebles the work
[helper]#14
I'd be tempted to go with the adjustable strips as it might be easier to fit than a series of batons - just make sure the strips are vertical and level. Also when you put the strips up, put them in a bit from the side walls so that the supports aren't supporting the edge of the shelves but are positioned further in....
#15
I would use neither due to them looking horrible for a floor to ceiling bookcase.

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