1Knock on the wall to determine whether it is a solid or plasterboard wall. If it makes a dull sound, the wall is solid. Carry out some visual checks on the wall for sockets or switches. For extra safety, run a multi-purpose detector over the area to check if there are any hazards running behind the spot.
2Having established it’s a solid wall, decide on the position of where you want to put the first bracket.
3Mark on the wall where you want to position the first bracket. Use a level to ensure the bracket is vertically level.
4Attach the required size masonry bit to your drill, set your drill to hammer action and drill your hole the depth required for the first bracket.
Top tip: You can use a depth gauge on the drill to note this depth or mark the drill bit with a piece of masking tape so you know when to stop. Attach an envelope with masking tape beneath the hole to collect the dust as you drill.
5Insert your rawl plug into the hole, making sure it is flush with the wall – use a hammer if necessary.
6Screw in the first bracket.
7Place a spirit level on top of the bracket and use this to find the correct level position for your second bracket.
8Drill a hole into the wall; insert a rawl plug and then screw in the second bracket.
9Finally, secure the shelf to the brackets using woodscrews. Be sure the woodscrews are the correct length as you don’t want to screw up through the surface of the shelf.