And it was good enough… until this Saturday. During a particularly thorough cleaning fit, we decided we needed somewhere to store the mountain of glassware collecting on top of our refrigerator (besides on top of the refrigerator). So after some noodling, we went to Ikea and got some floating shelves.
Our first consideration when hanging the shelves was how to anchor them. The Little House has old plaster walls, so hanging anything on them can be perilous. Hanging a free floating shelf full of glassware could be a recipe for disaster. We picked up some plaster wall anchors called Pop-Toggles at Home Depot that were super easy to use. You just drilled your pilot hole, pinched the anchor shut, and stuck it in the hole.
We hung the Ikea shelves according to the directions included with them (in Ikea-ese). When we were done though, the shelves wouldn’t sit level. Even with nothing on them, they tilted towards the floor (especially the bottom shelf). We took them down, double checked the instructions, put them back up, and tightened the screws extra tight. It didn’t help.
I LOVE how they look, but there’s no way I’m going to trust them with all of our favorite glassware. They’re tilted at about a 15 degree level from horizontal and every time you walk through the room you can see the glasses bounce and slide. We bought some small L-brackets at Home Depot in hopes that they would secure the shelves without being obtrusive, but after a lot of thought, we decided they won’t be beefy enough to trust.
For now, we’ve taken everything off the shelves and will probably get some real shelf brackets to hold them up installed this week.
Has anyone else had problems with the Ikea Lack floating shelves? What did you to to fix them?