I am fitting some solid oak floating shelves to a plasterboard wall, using a kit I purchased from Etsy.
I was supplied with Gripit brown anchors which are plenty capable of supporting the shelves and any weight I plan to put on them.
I was also supplied with Hafele-style conceled floating shelf brackets.
I have fitted the brackets, made sure they are level and then slid the shelf onto them accordingly; and I can say that horizontally, the shelf I have fitted is pretty bang on level.
The issue I have is that there appears to be a significant slope forward of the shelf... Is there a remedy for this? I don't want my pasta falling off!
I did note that when constructing the brackets that there is a collar on the stem, designed for a spanner to tighten here (which I used to put them together securely)... Could it be that I just need to tighten the stem more such that the flange is pushed/bent out further to correct for this?
I have also seen a potential solution whereby people have used angled shims to try and correct for any lean, however I'm not sure this will work for these particular style of brackets.
Is the wall level?
I could hear you asking while I was typing, "But is the wall actually level?!". So here are some photos I took.
On a macro scale, the entire wall does seem to be relatively plumb - Although my spirit level seems to have the largest bubble I've ever seen!.
On a micro scale, the line where the shelf is attached to, is slightly off, but appears to be nowhere near the level of "out-ness" as when the shelf is fitted.
Update - I fitted a second shelf!
So while waiting for a response on here, I went ahead and decided fitting a second shelf would be a great idea.
To my surprise, it actually fits with NO droop like I had in the first one.
This makes me think that it may be one of 2 different reasons:
- The brackets on the first shelf are off somehow. Either bent or not constructed properly
- I haven't tightened the bolts into the Gripit anchors properly and it may be a tad loose.