Once the shelves were built and painted, it was time to hang them. When designing the shelves, numerous plans we referenced had the shelves screwed directly into the walls. After spending so much time painting them, I did not want a screw visible in the back panel, even if it was going to be covered by a picture. There are a variety of different picture hooks that were an option as well. But with these, the placement of the shelves would be dependent on a stud. It would also create the tedious job of lining hooks (D-Rings) up with screws and making sure everything is level.
Whenever we are hanging something large, we use hardware called a French Cleat or a Z-Hanger.
These packets are extremely easy to use and makes hanging a breeze since a stud is not required (although we try to hit one when possible). The longer brackets allows the shelves to be adjusted left or right when hanging on the wall. The packet comes with a level that clicks into the wall cleat, which would be more helpful if our house was even a little bit level!
First, I figured out where on the walls the shelves should be placed. If they were too low, I was afraid D would knock everything off.
When attaching the cleat to the shelf, I lined the center screw hole of the bracket up with the middle of the shelf.
The bracket was placed 1/8″ down from the top of the shelf.
The center screw was drilled first, followed by the two outside screws. After double checking that the bracket was completely level we drilled in the last two.
When drilling the cleat to the wall we followed the same process.
We used our large level to ensure the bracket on the wall was level. We did this after the middle screw was drilled as well as the outside two.
Since the brackets put the shelf slightly out form the wall, we placed vinyl bumpers to the bottom corners of the shelves.
Using French Cleats makes hanging larger objects level a breeze.
The shelves are finally up and secure!