In heavily used kitchens, storage space can be difficult to find. Remodeling to create additional storage space can be expensive. It is also not necessary because the installation of several open shelves provides the extra storage needed. Open shelving also makes a kitchen look more modern by giving it an airy appearance.
You will need:
• Shelves in various sizes (use reclaimed wood to keep costs low)
• Shelf brackets
• Long screws
• Stud finder
• 4-foot level
• Anchors (if shelving will be attached to drywall)
• Power drill
• Measuring tape
Step 1: Measure wall length where shelf installation is planned, using the measuring tape. Determine whether floating shelves or the use of visible supporting brackets are desired.
Step 2: With your stud finder, locate the wall studs on the walls identified in Step 1. Mark the location of each stud with an X, using the pencil.
Step 3: Purchase or make the shelves and buy the shelf brackets. Wood is an inexpensive and durable shelving material that can be painted or stained to complement the appearance of the kitchen.
Step 4: Use the power drill and screws to install a shelf bracket on one of the marks made in Step 2. Wall anchors should first be installed on drywall and the screws can then be drilled into them. After installing the first shelf bracket, determine the proper positioning for the bracket that will support the other end of the shelf, using your level. Use the power drill and screws to install this bracket. Pull on both installed brackets to ensure that they are adequately secured.
Step 5: Continue bracket installation using the method described above. After all the brackets have been installed, lay one shelf on each pair of aligned brackets. Adjust shelf positioning to be level and measure the thickness of the shelf material to verify that the screws will not be visible after they are drilled into the shelf. If they will be, use shorter screws.
Step 6: Use the power drill and screws to attach each shelf to the brackets that support it.