shelf mounting with metal studs?

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Forum topic by rhybeka posted 11-29-2014 03:19 PM 1331 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-29-2014 03:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shelving hanging walls blocking steel studs

I’m beginning to feel a bit like a doofus having metal studs used in our basement remodel – sounded like a good idea at the time just in case we ever had water damage…I don’t really want to be ripping out six ft of drywall to run blocking where I now need to install about a six foot run of shelving. It’s only going to hold legos so not a ton of weight – but enough. I’m debating on the best way to mount it – should I lessen the load to 2ft runs (six inches wide) instead of running one six ft shelf? molly bolts or a french cleat? or possibly something more industrial like iron piping ends (idea from pinterest) Most likely the wood will be 1x oak or possibly knotty pine.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#1 posted 11-29-2014 04:02 PM

French cleats anchored into the metal studs.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#2 posted 11-29-2014 04:14 PM

If you make sure you have the correct screws you should be fine.

-- When questioned about using glue on a garbage bin I responded, "Wood working is about good technique and lots of glue........I have the glue part down."

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#3 posted 11-29-2014 04:48 PM

French cleats. They anchor easily and hold a bunch.

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#4 posted 11-29-2014 06:55 PM

Toggle bolts, Sheetrock screws through the studs.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#5 posted 11-30-2014 01:00 AM

Just break down and re-sheath the wall in plywood. That way you can hang whatever you want, wherever you want.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#6 posted 12-01-2014 04:27 PM

LOL, thanks Brad – but no – I’ll leave the pretty painted wall intact :) The room itself is a home theater room so it’s not a work area. I picked up some nice pine boards for this project – deciding if I want to distress them or not :D Thanks for the input all! I’ll post pics once I get them hung.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#7 posted 12-01-2014 04:34 PM

As long as you don’t strip the screws in the studs you won’t have any problem.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#8 posted 12-01-2014 04:35 PM

Never used metal studs…but why wouldn’t they hold since they are metal? Must be some very thin metal used in them…

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#9 posted 12-01-2014 04:41 PM

Does the shelf have a back for support?
I think you will be fine with two screws in each stud. If needed, use toggle bolts where there is no stud available.

A shelf like this?

For drywall anchors, I have been using these. They work great.

I got mine locally from the big blue box store.
Hope this helps.

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#10 posted 12-02-2014 12:53 AM

honestly Mike, I haven’t really designed the shelves yet… I was leaning towards floating, but I also thought about ‘industrial’ to incorporate a metal element (like this but with 1x maybe?$l-pd1$&illum=0)

now I’m thinking something minimal – if I could get away with screwing a french cleat piece into the back of the 1×6 or 1×8 and not think there’d be too much weight pulling against it I’d probably do that.

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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