When it comes to renovations, we tend to think outside the box to optimise storage spaces. Sounds straight forward, right?

DIY novices will be in for a rude awakening when it comes to the world of storage solutions when they start to factor in shelving brackets and stability bracing. The last thing you want is to assemble and install your shelving, to have it ripped off the wall!

When planning a DIY project that requires drilling into a wall, it’s important to know where you can drill to avoid damaging the wall or any electrical or plumbing lines hidden inside it. Drilling in the wrong spot can lead to costly repair bills, not to mention a potential safety hazard.

  • The first step is to locate the studs in the wall. You can use a stud finder tool, electronic stud finder, or tap the wall to find the studs.
  • Once you have marked their location, use the right drill bit size and the correct drilling technique to drill at the proper depth. If the wall material is too weak, it’s best to use anchors to add extra support. It is also essential to be aware of electric and plumbing lines hidden behind the wall. Always exercise caution when drilling near them, and consider turning off the power or water to the area before starting work.
  • Finally, when installing any shelving or stability braces, always read the instruction manual for guidelines and precautions to follow. Following these steps will ensure that your project is a success and prevent any damage or accidents.

Tie Plates

To add that extra level of security to shelving bays, consider using tie plates. These are designed to stabilise multiple shelving bays by joining them together as one unit, which will help support the weight of the storage applications. Overall this will create a sturdier shelving bay.

No stability bracing at all

To avoid drilling altogether, another viable option is to consider shelving bays which do not require stability bracing – but tread with caution. When browsing for shelving look at the small print – does the unit not require stability bracing, or is stability bracing recommended for specific load capacities and sold separately?

It’s always better to ask for advice

If you’re unsure about the correct shelving solution for your needs, the safest thing to do is to ask for help from storage specialists.

If you’d like free advice from out team, simply get in touch with our team:

Call: 08000 147 444

Email: customerservice@rapidracking.com