I would like to know what the weight limit for molly bolts for my particular application that I plan on inserting into the wall. The image below is of my project. I plan to install shelving on the wall to hold quite a few books and some decorative objects. In the photo I have evenly spaced double slotted shelf standards that lay flush against the wall. I started from the right-hand side and measured 16" and planned to keep that measurement from right to left the same. Unfortunately when I got to the third vertical standard from the right I could not find a stud. I'm guessing they jumped from 16" to 24". Needless to say, I was very annoyed with this. For aesthetic purposes I want to keep the spacing between the brackets consistent. It's part of my design.
So my question is. If I use molly bolts to attach the remaining three vertical wall standards to the wall, how much weight can they hold? Each vertical standard has a total of seven holes to insert a screw (or, in my case, a molly bolt). I read that a molly bolt in drywall alone can hold 50lb. Would that mean that each wall standard can hold up to 350lb from top to bottom along that one standard? I'm inclined not to believe that. I don't plan on putting that much weight on my shelves but I know that the weight of books can add up. To give you an idea we have a total of medium sized books. We want to do clusters of twenty to twenty five evenly placed around the shelves with a few decorative pieces here and there. The shelves themselves will be 82" across placed on the brackets from left to right.
An image of my project: