29 Ways to Hang a Shelf

Looking around the interior of your house, you will see that you are surrounded by a large number of shelves. By shelves we do not mean only those on the walls, but also the ones inside kitchen cabinets, different types of closets/wardrobes, bookcases, etc. There is a large number of shelf hanging methods (shelf supporting methods), and every woodworker should be familiar with as many of them as possible and know both their advantages and disadvantages. On this page, we have made an effort to present all the shelf hanging methods that will most probably be interesting and useful for you. For each of the methods, there is an illustration to visually clarify it, along with a short text to provide you with additional explanation.  

Shelves can be divided in various ways. In the first place, it is obvious that there are shelves that are mounted directly to the wall, and shelves that are found inside furniture pieces and installed between the sides.

Another way to divide shelves is according to their functionality, i. e., they can be fixed and adjustable. Fixed shelves, when mounted on some height between the cabinet sides, cannot be quickly and easily moved to some other height. Unlike the fixed ones, adjustable shelves can easily be moved to different heights and thus the distance between them is also regulated. It should be noted here that there is a price for this extra functionality. Most adjustable shelves do nothing to hold the cabinet sides together, i.e., they do not prevent sagging. If you make a tall piece of furniture with several shelves between the sides, we recommend that you include at least one fixed shelf (act as a stretcher) somewhere in the middle. In this way, you will further strengthen the construction and reduce the likelihood of sagging. 



Sagging of the shelf

Sagging of the shelf


When deciding which shelf hanging method to use, you must bear in mind several important criteria:
- the weight of the shelf and the load on it;
- whether it is necessary for the shelf to be rigidly tied to the sides or not, i. e., to keep the sides or not (this is very important if you make a piece of furniture that is tall);
- whether you need an adjustable shelf;
- easy to create if you opt for non-commercial support;
- visibility of the joint;
- decorativeness ...


In this text, the shelf hanging methods are divided as follows:
- Shop-made ways to hang a shelf (Shop-made shelf hanging hardware) - this category includes shelf supports that you can make in your workshop

Shop-made ways to hang a shelf

- Commercial ways to hang a shelf (Commercial shelf hanging hardware) - this category includes factory-made shelving hardware that can be bought at the hardware stores

Commercial ways to hang a shelf

- Woodworking joints suitable for supporting shelves - in this category you can see hanging methods where the shelf is put together with the sides using woodworking joints

Woodworking joints suitable for supporting shelves

- Decorative ways to hang a shelf - here various hanging methods are implied which, in addition to constructive features, have the ability to enrich the furniture design

Decorative ways to hang a shelf

- Ways to hang wall shelvesthese are wall-mounting methods

Ways to hang wall shelves