By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A decorative wall shelf is an attractive way to show off a prized pottery collection or add warmth and ambiance when stacked with vintage books. And designers often use a wall shelf as a ledge to prop up a special piece of artwork, so a shelf takes on more than the task of simply providing a place to put something. That versatility is probably why you'll find styles, ranging from country to contemporary, in painted, natural and wood finishes. Home centers and home furnishing retailers sell shelves and brackets both separately and as kits (which include the fasteners).
You can buy a kit containing a painted 36-inch-long wall shelf and brackets for $42 and install it yourself, or hire a handyman to do it for an additional $50. It's a simple installation that requires a carpenter's or laser level and power drill. Take your time in deciding the location for the shelf, and mark the location for the fasteners on the wall with light pencil marks. Use plastic wall anchors for plaster or drywall covered walls, unless you plan to store heavy objects on the shelf. Toggle-type hangers are best for supporting heavier loads. If you have brick or cinderblock walls, you'll need a masonry drill bit to make the hole for the anchor.
Here are instructions from wikiHow How to Put Up Shelves.
Now you know the average cost to install a wall shelf, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. Don’t forget to adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2018
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.