Hanging a Decorative Shelf

Spruce up your home with this easy and affordable decor addition. Russel Smith from The Home Depot shares the steps to completing this project.

Project continues below this project video

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, January 2012


  • Decorative shelf with brackets

  • Drill

  • Wall anchors (depending on weight and wall material)
  • Screws

  • Awl

  • Yardstick

  • Hammer


  1. Drill a hole into the wall at the desired shelf height. (Tip: To minimize dust when drilling into drywall, first punch a pilot hole using an awl.)

  2. Use a level and yardstick to find the correct height for the second hole. (Tip: Use a yardstick to add length to your level instead of buying a larger level.)

  3. Push wall anchors into the drilled holes, then tap anchors gently with a hammer until they are flush with the wall surface. (Tip: Use a drill bit that’s slightly smaller than the anchors for a tight fit.)

  4. Screw screws into anchors, leaving a portion of the screw stem exposed. Place shelf brackets onto screws, then place and attach shelf on top of brackets.


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