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Old 12-09-2008, 10:08 AM   #1
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My wife wants to redecorate. One aspect of the theme she has in mind is to hang a bookshelf on a wall (something she saw at a local coffee shop). In theory this allows for book storage without taking up floor space. I can make the bookshelf and can hang it, no problem. My concern is how much weight can a typical interior 2X4 wall support. Any body know the answer to this? I would imagine the shelving to be 30-40 lbs, but books get heavy fast and we have a lot. Any help would be appreciated.
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Ayuh,...

I would think that the load carrying ability of your shelfs will be limited by the shelfs You build,+ How you mount them,...
Not the capacity of the Wall...

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as long as you mount it to the wall with lots of screws into the studs, i don't see a weight problem. however, you gave no approx. dimensions as to how large a shelf she desires.

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Don't give a thought to the studs' capacities. There's no way you're going to exceed it by installing bookshelves, even if they're floor to ceiling.
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floor to ceiling? then the floor would hold the weight, not the wall.... i'd worry more about the shelves being built strong enough to hold the weight, not the walls.

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As for shelf size the unit will probably be 48 - 64" wide as this will be the best fit for the wall studs. The height will be somewhere around 48".

I was just unsure as to the physics of the whole thing. I know the majority of the weight will be dispersed downward but I was worried about the "pull" on the wall.

Thanks for the input!

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