Paintable Floating Shelves Details
So you know you want floating shelves, but you’re struggling to find one in that exact shade of mustard yellow. No problem, paintable floating shelves are ready for you to paint at home, making it easy to customise the colour scheme and finish in a room to create a space that has a bespoke feel and is full of character. Whether you’re hoping to match your wall colour or reflect an accent colour used elsewhere in a room, paintable floating shelves allow for full flexibility, especially as the shelf is cut to the exact size you require too. Don’t want the hassle and fuss of painting? We also have coloured options in both white and black, as well as real wood veneers in oak and walnut finishes.
The paintable floating shelves are made of premium MR MDF which is great for painting. When you receive it you'll notice it has a white edge, this is a unique edge banding that is specifically made to be painted to give you a perfect finish. For details on how to best paint MDF, you can take a look at our How to Paint MDF guide. They are perfect for alcoves and uneven walls as the sides can be sanded and planed down which isn’t possible with hollow alternatives available on the high street.
Invisible brackets are supplied with your order so that the shelf appears to float on the wall. For shelves that are 38mm and 50mm in thickness adjustable plate brackets are available and suitable for plasterboard, masonry or woodwork. These can be adjusted for levelling; you’ll need to supply your own screws and wall plugs to suit the wall material. Available for all thicknesses are standard screw brackets for masonry walls and no extra hardware such as screws are needed. Our customer support team are on hand to advise on installation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can paintable floating shelves hold much weight?
This depends on the size, the wall material and the brackets and fixings used.
Unfortunately, we cannot tell you how much weight yours 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. It will hold considerably less weight if fixed to a plasterboard wall or studs.
Whatever the wall material or fixings used, it’s important to ensure the weight load is evenly distributed to make full use of the weight capacity.
Are paintable floating shelves strong?
Again, this depends on the size, the wall material and the brackets and fixings used.
For example, if it is 1000mm wide x 300mm deep, fixed to a masonry wall with our adjustable plate bracket and 50mm screws, it would be very strong and would likely hold up to 26kg of weight.
Using smaller screws and fixing them onto studs in a plasterboard wall will reduce the strength considerably.
Can you buy a paintable floating shelf deeper than 250mm?
No, unfortunately, due to the stability, we cannot supply one 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 your paintable 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 paintable 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.
Why does my paintable shelf have a white edge?
The white edge is a paintable edge banding.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call our customer services team on 01903 389024.
How do you attach them to a wall?
Using invisible brackets, these are screwed into the wall and then the paintable shelf slots over the rods to appear as though it's floating.
Is it hard to install paintable floating shelves?
No, not at all, simply paint with your chosen colour, attach the bracket to the wall and slide it 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 that is more likely to bow.