I need to anchor a bookcase to a wall.

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09-05-2016 02:27 PM

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I have a bookcase that I need to anchor into a wall. It’s dimensions are 36 inches wide x 12 inches deep x 7 ft tall. I am positioning it in a corner of two walls. On the 12 inch deep side, the wall is 19 inches wide with a stud at either end. On the back side wall the studs are at the corner, 22/23 inches, and lastly at 38 inches. I have only been able to attach one L brace on the middle back stud…the corner studs do not allow for an L brace to contact the solid portion of the wood over the top….obviously I am a real novice here…this will and has been a learning experience. Any help will be greatly appreciated… Thanks.

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#1 posted 09-05-2016 02:49 PM

Take a 2×4, 30” long and attach it to the top of the book case with glue and finish nails (3-1/2” side vertical). Attach the 2×4 to the studs at the corner and at 2/23”with 3-1/2” screws. A 2×3 can also be used in place of the 2×4.

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#2 posted 09-05-2016 03:00 PM

Amazon. Furniture tie back straps. I just usedthem on a large hutch in our house. Couple screws and a stud finder is all ya need.

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#3 posted 09-05-2016 03:49 PM

1 brace into the stud will suffice.

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#4 posted 09-05-2016 05:08 PM

So this is maybe not the absolute strongest method and not the cheapest, but will work when you have limited stud access and is easy to remove the furniture if needed.

Start with an aluminum french cleat and then use one of these drywall anchors /> every 6” to mount the cleat to the wall.

Mount the bookcase side on the top back of the case, slide the bookcase up to the wall and mark the bottom of the cleat, then position the other side of the cleat about 1/16” low so it will just not touch. Mount the female side to the wall and then position the bookcase by sliding it into place from the side or lifting it up and setting it into the cleat.

Not as good as a couple of good metal brackets into the studs directly, but I’ve used this method for tall CD towers before (I know, what’s a CD?). May not be 100% foolproof against a determined 4 year old playing King Kong, but will definitely prevent accidental tipping. and is relatively strong.


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