Asked on Jan 13, 2018

How to hang thes shelves so they don’t tilt forward.

Pennie Collins
by Pennie Collins
Floating shelves with keyhole shaped hanging spots. How do I hang them so they don’t tilt forward when hung? Found without hardware at Goodwill.
how to hang thes shelves so they dont tilt forward
  5 answers
  • William William on Jan 13, 2018
    Use screw in wall anchors in walls. Screws go in the anchors and ajdust in or out. The key hole slots slip over the screws.

  • M. M.. M. M.. on Jan 14, 2018
    Add a "bump" of hot glue to to bottom of the back of the shelf. That is, below the keyholes.This will push the bottom of the shelf out a bit from the wall which should keep the shelves from dumping things on the floor. The size bump might have to be a guess, but if you hold the shelf out to where it's level, it'll give you an idea. MY guess is that the bump should be about as thick as the keyholes' or sawtooth's protrusions...

  • Sandra Allen Sandra Allen on Jan 14, 2018
    M.M. has the right idea. You can also get "glue dots" if you don't want to do the glue gun, which can be a bit messy. Also a strip of thin molding works.

    • Pennie Collins Pennie Collins on Jan 15, 2018
      Thanks to you, too! I don’t know why I didn’t just come straight to this forum right after I had trouble hanging these on the first try!

  • 17335038 17335038 on Jan 15, 2018
    If your wall where you want to hang the shelves is not completely level, then the shelf may continue to tilt forward, especially when something is put on it. Keep trying the above suggestions with the silicone dots. I have also used thin popsicle type sticks as shims. With patience, you should be able to get the shelf to sit up and tight against the wall.

  • Jeanne Martin Jeanne Martin on Jan 15, 2018
    Also, if the screws aren't tight enough the shelf will sag forward. You have to leave them out a little to go into the keyhole slot. Just keep tightening the screwh a tiny bit at a time until it fits in that keyhole slot nice and tight. You'll have to remove the shelf, tighten each screw a little, put the shelf back up over and over until you get it just right. Good luck!