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I've installed a toggle bolt to help with holding up a book shelf I got at IKEA. I might've put a little too much weight on the shelf, so now there's a bit of a bulge coming from the toggle bolt through the drywall. I'm afraid that if I keep it this way the bolt will shoot right through the wall and the shelf will come crashing down.

The simplest choice would obviously be to use less weight - which I've done. However it's still showing a bit of a bump there so I think the damage is worse with any weight.

The only solution I can think of is to have a much larger toggle bolt that will disperse the weight over a larger area of the drywall to alleviate the problem. But I don't know what's available out there to do that.

Anyone have a better solution that maintains that clean look (and only that)?
 

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I cannot give you details, but I think I have seen some new types of anchors designed for holding heavier loads in drywall. But keep in mind that drywall is basically chalk covered with cardboard and paper. It does not have significant structural strength. I would either add another support for the shelf and/or move the mounting position so you can screw directly into at least one wall stud.

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First: I hate toggle bolts. Why? For the very reason you have just explained. Toggle bolts transfer a load (weight) to the backside of sheet rock. Then the load pulls on the sheet rock and creates just such a bulge. There will be arguments on this not happening , but that would be due to a lighter load than you are dealing with. There has to be some way to locate the wall studs and attach something to transfer the load from the bookshelving to the wall studs.
 

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Drywall is not meant to support heavy loads. Find the studs....
 
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