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    Can I put up alcove shelving?

    Handymen

    Hello all,

    I am looking into putting up shelves in some shallow alcoves (approximately a metre wide). They are located close to my living room fireplace.
    Would it be sufficient to use floating shelves or would I need brackets?
    I intend to use these as bookshelves, so there will be some weight to them.
    Advice on this would be brilliant!

    Asked by Greg on 23rd Oct 2019
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    MD Property Services

    "If the shelving is to accommodate books, I would recommend brackets, also ensure correct fixings utilised for the required strength."

    Answered on 5th Nov 2019 - Member since Mar 2019 - report
    J hosey carpentry and joinery

    "It is ok to install shelving into the alcoves. You can use either method, it depends on what look you prefer. If you are wishing to do floating shelves you could make a frame and wrap in MDF then paint to the desired colour. Fix timber to the wall with screws and wall plugs before wrapping to ensure strength."

    Answered on 5th Nov 2019 - Member since Nov 2019 - report
    ADMSERVICES

    "I would use bracket later if you're using it as a bookshelf."

    Answered on 14th Nov 2019 - Member since May 2019 - report
    Future Building Everything Is Possible

    "Floating shelves aren't solid enough. If you already have them, add on the brackets underneath as it will make them more secure. Floating shelves are for decorating purpose really and I wouldn't use them to support anything heavy like a bookshelf."

    Answered on 25th Oct 2019 - Member since Oct 2019 - report

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