I have two wall units, in my kitchen, with a 600mm gap between so was going
to fit three shelves in the gap. One near the bottom, one near the top and
one in the middle. I have the shelves which are the same colour & thickness
as the wall unit doors but wondered how to fit to the sides of the two wall
units. Should I drill through from the inside of the wall units into the
side of the shelf but worry it may be a weak fit.
Ideas would be welcome.
A lot will depend on what you wish to use the shelves for ... heavy books
or a few condiments. I filled the gap in our kitchen cabinets by just
screwing some short thick screws into the cabinets and then laying the shelf
on top and marking the position of the screw in relation to the shelf and
then carefully cutting an insert for the screw to slot into. A nice long T.
You could grind the side of the screw so you've more of a P shape than a T
If you need a bit of extra support a baton at the back may give you some
extra support and should be hidden by its position.
Thanks for the help so far. The shelves will be cut from spare door fronts
which were bought from B&Q. The back is glazed to allow light into an
adjacent room so no place to fix any batten to the back only on, or through,
the side of the wall units. Not thought about possible weight other than a
few light'ish weight ornaments. No books or anything anywhere near that
Long story but I am putting plywood panel to cover the glazing but don't
want to permanently remove the glazing as the next owners if we sell may see
it as a good feature. Hence having no back fixing opportunity. We all have
our quirks ;-)
Quirks are good <g>
If you are putting in a plywood panel though you do have the potential of
putting some extra support strips across the panel to support the back of
the shelves if you think you will need them.
I'd go for the same system that the internal shelves use as others have
No, no no! They are horrible plastic. Isaac Lord (and I am sure many
other suppliers) sell nice chrome (or maybe nickel) plated ones.
<http://www.isaaclord.co.uk/productDetail.aspx?product 0&subCat 0>
IIRC they take a 5mm hole. There are also larger ones (for which you can
Hypothyroidism is a seriously debilitating condition with an insidious
Thanks food for thought. I spent ages in B&Q last Wednesday looking for
ideas but it was busy and short staffed so never had chance to talk to one
of the 'experts'. There are two guys who are very good but were not around
on that day.
Look at the way the shelves in the units are supported. Normally by four
little plastic or sometimes metal supports that just plug into holes in the
side panels. Think about the weight of pots, pans, plates etc that get
stacked in there.
Go buy a pack of these, carefully drill holes of the correct size, pop them
in, job done. As long as you do not want the bottom one level with the base
of the cabinets (you said one near the bottom) it will be a simple job.
Using a bit of tape on the drill bit to set the depth of the holes will help
in not accidentally drilling right through.
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