How do i safely and securely mount a floating shelf in my bathroom?

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I am looking to place floating shelves above my toilet for stylish extra storage. Is it safe to mount it onto a plaster wall if I use an anchor. I dont want the weight to be too much...is there a reccommended weight limit for these shelves? I love the way they look when the are finished but so nervous about the safety of them

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  • Carole Atson Carole Atson on Sep 24, 2018

    Some may answer that you can do this using anchors, but I would say NO, not on plaster walls. I’ve personally tried that and ended up with bigger holes and a shelf that could only hold very little.

    i eventually took down the shelf, made the existing holes huge ☺️ and built a box inside the wall and added shelves. Now I love it.

    Good luck.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Sep 24, 2018

    Here's a Hometalk project I saved because I want to do the same. These look very sturdy and safe. I would think anchoring into the plaster will be fine. It's just a wild guess how thick the lathe is behind the plaster so better safe than sorry.


    https://www.hometalk.com/diy/organize/kitchen/one-hometalker-s-brilliant-shelving-solution-for-just-20-6607534

  • A floating shelf can be super strong, as long as the bracket is the correct bracket and correctly mounted to the wall. Anchors that only are attaching to the plaster or sheetrock will not be able to hold much weight at all, (even the weight of the shelf may be too much for that type of mounting). Instead the mounting must be screwed into the studs in the wall for proper strength. What type of bracket do you have for your floating shelf?

  • Jcraw Jcraw on Oct 08, 2018

    If you have plaster walls and are a DIYer, your best investment is a stud finder for plaster.