How do i put up shelves for extra storage on plastered walls??

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Moved into newer house, how do i put up shelves for extra storage on plastered walls??

Would like easy way to hang my many family portraits/pictures on those plaster walls too!!

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  • Thelma Thelma on Aug 03, 2018

    Hi Bob26230962, Even plastered walls have to have studs in the walls; the slats are nailed across the studs from corner to corner so the plaster put on the slats will have the studs to hold up the weight, etc. The studs should be on 16" or 24" centers - depending on who installed the walls. Measure out from one corner and drill a tiny hole in the wall at 22 1/2" to see if you drill into a stud or just go through the plaster and slat behind it. This odd number allows for the space behind the walls between the outside the inside of the corner. Remember: Do NOT ever hammer on a plastered wall, it will cause the plaster to break and it might start falling off the walls. Always drill through the plaster and use screws to attach things to the studs behind the plaster. After finding a stud, locate a second one then you will know the spacing of the studs in the house. I'd figure 24" centers on plastered walls, that's what I've found over the years. After finding the first stud and knowing the spacing, you can build open shelves with brackets under them, or enclosed ones with doors to 'hide' the things that are stored, or whatever you desire.

  • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Aug 03, 2018

    Behind every plaster is studs.

    To hang 1 shelf, suitable for picture frames in one area, You need to predrill a hole, slowly in the plaster, and into the studs, to attach a 2×4×Shelf width to those studs with Heavy Duty Screws or Bolts or Anchors [like those you use to hang a Podium Sink on a Wall, rather than: On a podium only].

    Even with Picture Frames and Placques you should do same: Use only Anchors.

    After that 2×4 for mounting a shelf is in place and level you can mount any 6, 8 or 12"× Shelf width be that oak or pine, to the Top of that 2×4

    After that, You can pretty it up however you wish.

    So, You need to attach to At Least 1 stud per each 16 inches, thus creates a circumstance: Few Shelves are less than 16 inches because a shelf cannot mount with only 2 screws on the Right Side.

    To hang multiple shelfs and storage on plaster is a larger ordeal than 1 shelf for lightweight objects, to extents you need to frame out specially drilled 2×4s and Mount the Frames to the studs.

    Those frames always hide by the facts


    I A. any good cabinet has Doors, and

    B. Those doors have to attach to another Frame, and

    II. Any good cabinet is not floating without a Base, but instead, like any Kitchenette or Dinette, has Storage at the base, and Frameworks to support the rest.

    III. All Storage areas must have at least 5 components to support the structure: Top, Bottom, Both Sides, 1 Shelf.

    IV. All connections are Bolts, not smaller than 2", by the specially drilling a 3/4 inch holes in each 2×4 of All Inside Frames in the places those bolts attach to the nuts, [rather than Nuts attach to Bolts]


    This means that usually in any room With plaster there will be a 'Close to the floor storage area' by Architect Design, so heavy objects can place nearer to the floor, while lighter objects place upward in height, even to the ceiling.


  • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Aug 03, 2018

    Behind every plaster is studs.

    To hang 1 shelf, suitable for picture frames in one area, You need to predrill a hole, slowly in the plaster, and into the studs, to attach a 2×4×Shelf width to those studs with Heavy Duty Screws or Bolts or Anchors [like those you use to hang a Podium Sink on a Wall, rather than: On a podium only].

    Even with Picture Frames and Placques you should do same: Use only Anchors.

    After that 2×4 for mounting a shelf is in place and level you can mount any 6, 8 or 12"× Shelf width be that oak or pine, to the Top of that 2×4

    After that, You can pretty it up however you wish.

    So, You need to attach to At Least 1 stud per each 16 inches, thus creates a circumstance: Few Shelves are less than 16 inches because a shelf cannot mount with only 2 screws on the Right Side.

    To hang multiple shelfs and storage on plaster is a larger ordeal than 1 shelf for lightweight objects, to extents you need to frame out specially drilled 2×4s and Mount the Frames to the studs.

    Those frames always hide by the facts


    I A. any good cabinet has Doors, and

    B. Those doors have to attach to another Frame, and

    II. Any good cabinet is not floating without a Base, but instead, like any Kitchenette or Dinette, has Storage at the base, and Frameworks to support the rest.

    III. All Storage areas must have at least 5 components to support the structure: Top, Bottom, Both Sides, 1 Shelf.

    IV. All connections are Bolts, not smaller than 2", by the specially drilling a 3/4 inch holes in each 2×4 of All Inside Frames in the places those bolts attach to the nuts, [rather than Nuts attach to Bolts]


    This means that usually in any room With plaster there will be a 'Close to the floor storage area' by Architect Design, so heavy objects can place nearer to the floor, while lighter objects place upward in height, even to the ceiling.


  • Pj Tripolone Pj Tripolone on Aug 04, 2018

    I use Command removable strips on my walls for lightweight pictures. If you want to move them, they peel right off with no damage to your painted walls.