|Forum topic by Chinitorama||posted 05-30-2010 07:35 AM||7672 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
05-30-2010 07:35 AM
I’m almost ready to install a set of hanging cd shelves in an old converted farm house. The shelf span is 48 inches at 6 inches deep. I calculate that four feet of cds is approx. 35-40 pounds. A couple of rows of cds plus the shelf itself is over 100 lbs. The request was to make the shelf hug the wall as closely as possible so there’s no back to the whole unit. I designed the shelf to use blind shelf supports from Lee Valley (part 00S05.20). The hardware will be mounted to the wall and slid into the doubled-up top shelf.
Here’s my concern: I’ve discovered the wall has almost no studs to mount the hangers to. I’m a doofus. Should’ve checked.
The wall is lath and plaster. And the only studs I can find are over three feet apart. My guess is anchors of some kind into the lath for the supports that won’t line up with studs. I’ve also made a ledger strip that will act as a support along the bottom shelf. The strip will be screwed to the wall first so the shelf can sit on it to help line up the blind hangers.
Hope this makes sense and some fellow LJs can share some tips for mounting heavy stuff to old walls.