How to Attach a Bookshelf to the Wall

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How to Attach a Bookshelf to the Wall

Libraries are not the only places you find bookshelves. They can serve not just as a piece of furniture to store books, but also as ornaments in any house. Aside from books, they can store other items such as photographs, plants, and figurines, depending on the type of bookshelf. If assembled properly, beautiful bookshelves can serve as highlights in any room. It is important to anchor bookshelves securely to the wall so that they do not pose a danger of falling.


Types of Bookshelves

You can choose from a wide array of bookshelves to install in your home. Even if you do not have a library, you can still install bookshelves as figurine holders in the living room or as a receptacle for your favourite books in your bedroom. Consider some of the most common types of bookshelves.


Type of Bookshelf


In-built bookshelf

Traditional type

Permanently fixed to the wall

Barrister bookshelf

Shelves covered with glass doors that open from the bottom

Shelves often stacked to achieve desired height

Children's bookshelf

Displays book covers

Can be freestanding, attached to the wall, or rotating with four narrow sides

Ideal for small spaces

Leaning bookshelf

Narrow top shelf, progressing in depth as the shelves go lower

More decorative than functional

Cube bookshelf

Geometric design

Ideal for modern homes

Shelves can be stacked according to preference

Floating bookshelf

Has no visible support, making the books look as though they are floating


When selecting a bookshelf, it is important to make sure that it goes with the overall look of your home. Also decide whether you want to anchor it to the wall or not, because anchoring it means it is no longer mobile.


Anchoring a Bookshelf to the Wall

The main advantage of attaching a bookshelf to a wall is that it prevents accidents from happening, such as during earthquakes. Otherwise, there is always the possibility that the shelf might collapse or fall. To make sure that this does not happen, follow these steps to anchor a bookshelf to the wall.

  1. Gather the following materials:
  • L-brackets
  • 12mm screws
  • Screwdriver or drill with screw bit
  • Anchors
  1. Position the bookshelf in front of the studs in the wall.
  2. Measure the bookshelf's height, and then divide it into three equal sections and mark these on the back of the shelf. Make sure that one of the lines is over a stud in the wall.
  3. Place one L-bracket on the back top edge of the shelf, making sure that it rests on a dividing line. The short part of the L-bracket should sit against the wall, while the long part should be on top of the shelf.
  4. Attach the L-bracket first into the bookshelf, then into the wall using the screws. Make sure that one of the screws also hits one of the studs in the wall.
  5. Attach another L-bracket to the other side of the bookshelf, repeating the same process and making sure that the two L-brackets have equal distances between them.
  6. Place two more L-brackets on the inside upper corners of the shelf, making sure that these brackets are in line with the studs on the wall. Secure these brackets into the shelf and wall with screws.
  7. Secure the bookshelf to the remaining studs using screws.


How to Buy a Bookshelf and Anchoring Supplies on eBay

Even though you can create your own bookshelf at home, you can also purchase readymade shelves directly from seller found on eBay. Use the search terms 'bookshelf' and 'bookcase' to generate results. Look for different types of bookcases to suit your needs and style, such as modern or antique bookcases. Further narrow your search by specifying the colour, material, and brand of the bookshelf you want. Keep in mind that the bookshelf you choose should adhere to the overall style of the room in which you are installing it so that it is functional and ornamental at the same time.

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