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Installing Your Own Glass Shelves Saves Money

Most glass shelves will appear to float along the wall, allowing light to pass through them. This makes the surrounding area feel more spacious and luxurious.

Glass shelves can add a unique touch aesthetic appeal to your home, especially when placed in areas like your bathroom, bedroom, or kitchen. Most glass shelves will appear to float along the wall, allowing free flowing light to pass through them. This can make the surrounding area feel much more spacious and luxurious.

When placed over a medicine cabinet, glass shelves are quite versatile, and blend in nicely with current décor. Since everyone’s homes are different in design, layout, and structure, below are some general tips and DIY strategies that you can following when installing your own set of glass shelves.

Step #1: Painter’s Tape Placement

Start by taking some low tack painter’s tape and placing it vertically along the wall where you’ve decided to install your glass shelves. Place a single piece of tape in the center of where the installation is going to take place one each side of the center, about half the distance of the shelf away. For instance, if your shelf is 28 inches long, then the side pieces of tape should be about 7 inches from the center.

Step #2: Additional Tape Measurements and Placements

Once the tape is in place, measure the total amount of height for the shelves and divide that by the number of shelves that you’re going to install. Then take a measurement of that height from the bottom of your installation area all the way up, and mark three pieces of tape at those locations. Continue marking in your heavy intervals until you’ve achieved your marks for each shelf. Make sure that you check all of your lines across all three pieces of take to ensure that they are even.

When you are setting a single shelf underneath a mirror or medicine cabinet, measure the total distance from the bottom edge of the cabinet all the way to the top edge of the sink (or the nearest stationary divider if you’re not installing in the bathroom). Divide this number by two in order to find the center. Then, go ahead and mark this off with your tape measurer as well.

Step #3: Set the Screwdriver in Each Mark

Place your screwdriver in each mark that you’ve placed into the wall, followed by tapping the handle with a hammer to produce a small puncture in the wall. Make sure that you continue hammering until the screwdriver has gone completely through the drywall.

If you’re working on a ceramic tile wall, a good tip to remember would be to place some tap in the shape of an “X” at each location where each mark is, followed by transferring the mark through the top of the newly put down tape.

Step #4: Peeling Off the Tape

After doing this, peel the tape off of the wall followed by pressing a wall anchor into each one of your holes. If necessary, it would be a good idea to tap (lightly) the anchor with a hammer so that you can force it through the wall. From here, it’s relatively easy to install and screw in your wall brackets followed by inserting the shelves onto the brackets – starting your way at the top and working your way down until you’re finished.

About the Author:
Ricky Ahuja is a glass shelves expert at Dulles Glass and Mirror, an innovative manufacturer of glass table tops, glass shelves, and all other glass and mirror products. Follow Dulles Glass and Mirror on Pinterest or on YouTube to see how they’re changing the way glass products are manufactured, customized and delivered.

Photo: alberto pavanello