White Tchotchke Shelves
installation is surprisingly a pain
I bought this (48") shelf thinking it would be super simple to install. I mean, screw four brackets into the wall and then slide shelf on... how hard can that be?
But it comes with 3-inch long skinny bolts with metal toggles. The toggles require 3/8" holes in the wall, so it is going to leave some good sized holes to fill if we ever take it down. And the bolts are so long that I actually had to use the Dremel and trim two of them because they were hitting something in the wall. Who has dry wall that thick?? Starting with the toggle halfway up the bolt helps, but you have to keep tension on it the whole time to get it to sink the bolt, which is more troublesome than it sounds.
I had planned on buying a second shelf, but after the install I am really not sure I want to. If I do get a second shelf, I think I will just skip their toggles and use my own plastic anchors. Once installed it does look nice at least.
December 14, 2014
Perfect for the little things
This is the perfect depth (and width since you can choose different sizes) for those items that get lost on the mantle or other larger shelves. Small framed pictures, toys, tiny LEGO creations, etc. This is the shelf you want. The toggle bolts it comes with may be overkill, I don't think you'll put anything that heavy on it.
May 30, 2014
Great sturdy shelves
These shelves are sleek and modern. They fit perfect in our playroom to display photos and other decorative pieces. A bit different to install on dry wall, but easy to follow instructions which made mounting a pain free process.
April 27, 2014
Nice little shelf
I was looking for a floating shelf that was narrow and did not project too far from the wall; this was one of the few I found and the only one I found available in white and 24 inches long. Overall, I am quite happy with my purchase. It is well made and the directions are carefully thought outâ¿¿the template for drilling is a big help. Even so, installing the shelf on a plaster wall was trickyâ¿¿worth the trouble, but not nearly as straight-forward as I hoped. Getting the shelf hardware correctly spaced and level, even with the template, required a lot of small adjustments, because in order to put the anchor bolts in the wall, the holes drilled are way larger than the screws. This means they can shift around in the holes while being screwed in, thus changing the alignment enough to mess things up. If you go in expecting a quick installation, you will be frustrated. If you go in with at least an hour to mess around, you will be okay.
September 30, 2013