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A completed clever cube shelf mounted on a white wall, with two wicker baskets for storage and a vase, books and candles on top

Overview

Double your useable floor space and create oodles of extra storage by hanging handy cube shelves. Here's how.

Steps

1Measure up

The first thing you'll need to do is to measure your cube shelf to see how wide it will be on the wall. We measured the internal space (the spot where the baskets will go), as that's where our brackets will attach. As we're turning the cube onto its side, we measured the long edge.

A clever cube shelf being measured by a Bunnings team member with a tape measure

2Locate you wall studs

Using a handy stud finder (you can pick one of these up from Bunnings), locate your wall studs – these are the secure anchor points you can drill straight into to secure your shelf. When you find a stud, mark the wall with a pencil. Our studs were 600mm apart which was perfect for our cube shelf. If yours don't match up, you will need to use a wallmate to secure your shelf.

A stud finder being used to locate the wall stud on a white wall, and a pencil being used to mark its position

3Mark your position

Grab a friend and lift up your shelf to the spot you want to hang it. Use a pencil to mark out the top of the shelf – this will be where you'll need to mount your brackets. Use a level to make sure your brackets are installed straight.

A spirit level being used to mark out positions for wall brackets on a white wall with a pencil

4Attach shelf brackets

Secure your brackets to the wall using an impact driver  – don't forget to wear eye and ear protection for this bit. If you don't have one of these, feel free to use a regular drill  – the impact driver just makes it faster and easier. Once your shelf brackets are attached, grab your level and make sure they're straight – when the bubbles are at the centre you're good to go.

Brackets for a wall mounted cube shelf being screwed into the wall with a power drill

5Drill pilot holes

Before you attach your shelf to the wall you'll need to drill some screw holes to the frame of the shelf. Have your friend hold the shelf to the brackets so you can mark up where you'll need to drill. So you don't drill your pilot holes too deep, using masking tape and mark up half the length of your screw on your drill. Once you have this as a guide you're ready to drill your pilot holes.

Plot holes being drilled into an assembled cube shelf for mounting on the wall

6Screw in your shelf

Position your pilot holes in the right spot in relation to your brackets and screw them in. You can use a drill for this bit or a good old-fashioned screwdriver.

A cube shelf being screwed into a white wall by two Bunnings team members

7You're ready to go

By positioning your cube shelf – usually a floor item – onto the wall, you've now regained stacks of valuable floor space. You've also fashioned a stylish storage solution for home. Winning!

A Bunnings team member placing books, candles and a case on a completed wall mounted cube shelf

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