How It Works

Select the work to be done
Let us know what project you need help with and when you need it done - we'll match you with the right pros for the job.
Compare matched pros
Verify pro credentials, read reviews, ask questions, discuss availability, and request project estimates.
Complete your project
Hire the pro that's right for you and your budget. After the project is complete, let your community know how it went.
Powered by

The Home Depot

Who Should I Hire to Hang Shelving?

Pro Referral > Home Guides > Handyman > Who Should I Hire to Hang Shelving?
Who Should I Hire to Hang Shelving?

Hanging shelving in a room can be an effective way to add appealing décor or to add useful storage options. Whether the purpose of the shelving is decorative or utilitarian, the shelves must be secure on the wall.


Although hanging shelves isn’t out of reach for some homeowners, there are benefits to hiring a professional for this project. Some details of this project can make it challenging, including the weight of the shelves and the type of wall surface. Hiring a professional ensures level shelves that will remain strong and secure on your walls for years to come.

Average Prices
  1. 1.Overview of the Project

    The process of hanging shelves varies, depending on the type of shelving you want and your wall surface. Floating shelves sit on a wall, held securely by brackets or anchors. Suspended shelves hang on the wall by wires. You might also create a modular system that incorporates various shelves, cubbies and cupboards, fitting together in a steel framing system. Some shelves attach into wall-mounted tracks or compression poles.


    Heavy shelving will require specific hanging techniques to ensure that they stay on the wall securely. Shelf-hanging components consist of anchors that affix to the wall – the required anchor depends on the type of wall surface. The shelves must attach to the anchors using components that fit the shelf style and the specific anchors used.

  2. 2.Professionals to Hire

    You have several options in professionals for a shelf-hanging project. A general contractor has ideal skills and expertise necessary for working with a variety of wall surfaces, finding studs and attaching the necessary hardware in the wall to hang the shelving. Interior designers also have expertise necessary for hanging shelving in an appealing way to enhance any room. Handyman services would be ideal for hanging shelves, provided that the process is not overly complex due to unusual wall surfaces or the weight of the shelving.

  3. 3.Preparing to Hang

    In preparing to hang shelving, one of the first tasks will be calculating the weight of the shelves. The overall weight of the shelves will determine the type of wall anchors needed. Wall anchors have a weight rating that indicates the upper weight that the anchor can hold safely. The professional will make calculations by dividing the total weight of the shelves – including the empty shelves and all items you intend to place on them – by an adjusted anchor rating to determine how many anchors each shelf will require for secure hanging.


    Once the professional determines the hanging components needed for each shelf, the next step involves assessing the wall surface to determine which hanging technique will fit the surface. For example, brick or concrete walls will require drilled holes and plastic plugs for anchors. Drywall requires finding studs behind the drywall panels to hold the anchors securely. If shelving position requires hanging between studs, the professional will need to use toggle bolts or molly bolts to anchor the shelves securely without studs.

  4. 4.Possible Problems

    A variety of problems can occur with hanging shelves. If the professional does not use a level, the shelving may not align correctly and it may not be level on the walls. If the professional does not anchor the shelving on the wall with anchors rated for the weight of the shelves, they might fall off the wall. For optimal security, it is wise to divide the rated weight of anchors by four to ensure that the shelving will remain secure. If the expert hangs shelves rated for a specific weight and then you later add more weight to the shelves, they may not remain secure on the wall. For this reason, always request that the professional overestimate the weight of the shelving in case you add more weight later. If the professional does not secure shelves into studs properly, they may not remain secure on the wall.

  5. 5.Cost to Hang Shelving

    With a professional on the job to hang your shelving, you can anticipate safe and secure hanging. The price for professional shelf-hanging project depends on a variety of factors. Your geographical location, the wall material, the type of shelving, the weight of the shelving and the number of shelves will determine the price of the project. The cost to hang shelving ranges from $75 to $189 per shelf, with $119 being an average price for shelf installation. If you have a number of shelves to hang, request a volume discount.

  6. 6.Redbeacon

    Redbeacon can provide useful assistance with a shelf-hanging project. Receive a list of possible professionals you might hire for the project and choose the one you wish to use. Redbeacon will take over to manage the project from this point. You will remit payment to Redbeacon, who will then pay the professional upon successful completion of the work. Redbeacon also provides you with a satisfaction guarantee to ensure that you are happy with the results of the work.


    Enhance the décor or your storage options with safe, secure and attractive shelving. With a professional on the job, you will have confidence in the safety of the newly hung shelves.

Find Pros

Get your home project started today with help from Pro Referral’s qualified network of pre-screened and background-checked professionals available in your neighborhood.

Get Expert Advice

Submit your toughest home improvement questions to our knowledgeable experts and receive free personalized solutions, product recommendations, how-to advice, and more–all within 48 hours or less.