Oak Floating Shelves Details
Oak is often the go-to finish for furniture, and for good reason; the instantly recognizable tone and grain allow our oak floating shelves to seamlessly blend in with any and all environments. The soft and airy shade of oak veneered MDF keeps your room looking light and whilst pleasing, also isn’t a distraction from the decor and ornaments. If you’re after a finish that totally blends into the wall, our white floating shelves may be what you’re looking for. Alternatively, our walnut floating shelves bring the same natural aesthetic of a veneer but with a darker and richer tone.
Our oak floating shelves are veneered with real hardwood oak and then professionally lacquered for a semi-sheen finish. We start with a solid medite MDF and then hollow out the middle for weight reduction. This results in an ideal solution for alcove shelving that fits perfectly as the sides can be sanded and planed down to fit against uneven walls. You’ll find they have the look and feel of real oak wood shelves but at a fraction of the cost.
The necessary invisible brackets are supplied with your order to give the appearance that the shelf is floating. You can choose between adjustable plate brackets for shelves with a thickness of 38mm or 50mm, or standard screw brackets which are available for shelves of all thicknesses. Adjustable plate brackets are for plasterboard, masonry or woodwork and can be adjusted for levelling; you’ll need to supply your own screws and wall plugs to suit the wall material. Standard screw brackets are for masonry walls and no extra hardware such as screws are needed. Our support team are on hand to advise on installation.
We have made a guide on how to install floating shelves which features step-by-step instructions as well as all the tools you will need for installation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can oak floating shelves hold much weight?
This depends on the size of the oak shelf, the wall material and the brackets and fixings used.
Unfortunately we cannot tell you how much weight your shelf can hold as each one is made to measure and therefore the weight capacity will vary. Whether you are fixing to masonry, plasterboard or woodwork and the size of screws you choose will also affect the max load.
To hold the most weight we recommend fixing to a masonry wall with adjustable plate brackets and at least 50mm screws and wall plugs. The shelf will hold considerably less weight if fixing to a plasterboard wall or studs.
Whatever the wall material or fixings used, it’s important to ensure weight load is evenly distributed to make full use of the weight capacity.
Are oak floating shelves strong?
Again, this depends on the size of your shelf, the wall material and the brackets and fixings used.
For example a 1000mm wide x 300mm deep oak shelf fixed to a masonry wall with our adjustable plate bracket and 50mm screws would be very strong and would likely hold up to 26kg of weight.
Using smaller screws and fixing onto studs in a plasterboard wall will reduce the strength considerably.
Can you buy an oak floating shelf deeper than 250mm?
No, unfortunately, due to the stability we cannot supply them deeper than 250mm.
Are brackets included?
Yes, brackets are included. If you choose adjustable plate brackets, screws and wall plugs are not included. Please ensure you use the correct size screws and wall plugs for your wall material. For masonry walls, we recommend at least 50mm screws and wall plugs.
What brackets should I choose?
Adjustable Plate Bracket:
- Suitable for woodwork, plasterboard, or masonry walls
- Screws and wall plugs not included
- Micro adjustments available for levelling
Standard Screw-Type Bracket:
- Suitable for masonry walls
- A simple installation that requires no additional hardware
How many brackets will I receive?
This will depend on the length and depth of the shelf; we will supply you with the correct number of brackets leaving no more than 600mm between brackets.
Does this product come with screws?
No, if you select the adjustable plate bracket you won’t receive screws or wall plugs. For the standard screw bracket, the screw is a part of the bracket and the wall plug is provided so no extra hardware is needed. If using the adjustable plate bracket please ensure you purchase the correct screws and wall plugs for the wall material.
Can you put oak floating shelves on plasterboard?
This is not something we recommend as the load capacity will be significantly reduced. If your only option is to fix to plasterboard, where possible fix to the studs and noggins in the wall for greater stability. If you cannot fix to the studs use specific fixings for plasterboard walls such as spring-loaded toggles or metal self-drill plasterboard fixings. Please choose the adjustable shelf bracket as this is the only bracket we supply that is suitable for plasterboard walls.
Can you put the holes for the brackets exactly where I need them?
If you would like custom bracket holes you must contact us with your requirements before placing your order to make sure we can accommodate your request. Please email email@example.com or call our customer services team on 01903 389024.
How do you attach oak floating shelves to a wall?
Using invisible brackets, these are screwed into the wall and then the oak shelf slots over the rods to appear as though it's floating.
Are oak floating shelves hard to install?
No, not at all, simply attach the bracket to the wall and slide the oak shelf onto the bracket. Please ensure you check the wall is clear from any electrical cables or plumbing before screwing the bracket to the wall. For best results use a spirit level when determining where the brackets should be fixed to the wall.
Will they warp over time?
This is highly unlikely because we start with a solid core construction and our 38mm and 50mm thick shelves are routed in the middle for weight reduction. Cheaper versions of floating shelves available in high street stores will warp over time as they are just thin faces with a grid-like structure on the inside which creates a hollow interior and is more likely to bow.
Are your oak floating shelves made of solid wood?
They start as a solid Medite MDF core, we then hollow out the middle for weight reduction and then laminate with a 0.5mm crown cut real wood oak veneer. Although they are not made of a solid piece of oak wood they have the look and feel of it at a fraction of the price.