Update: Around the Room Train Shelf

It’s spring break week for the kiddos so I have been busy to say the least! I haven’t had much time to spend on the around the room shelf, but I did get most of the brackets up!

For this part of installing the shelf, you will need:

  • Stud Finder
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Shelf Brackets
  • Pencil
  • Measuring Tape
2 inch Screws

2 inch Screws






One thing that was important to me was that the shelf look more custom than a simple store bought shelf. The brackets I bought at Menards are made of pine and are elegant and curvy which adds to the appeal of the shelf. I plan on using these every other stud for support. Right now they are unfinished pine, but I will be painting them white to match the shelf.

When installing your shelf, make sure to screw into the studs to hold the weight of a big shelf. Use your stud finder to find the studs in the wall and mark them with a pencil. I drilled into every other stud to make the shelf brackets look consistent which was about every 2 1/2 feet. Depending on what you are putting on the shelf will determine how much support you need.

Figure out how much space you want between the shelf and the ceiling and do the math to figure out how far to measure from the ceiling to drilling the hole. My measurements were 6 inches tall for the shelf width and train height combined and I left a few inches of space towards the ceiling. 9 1/2 inches was the magic number! Take the tape measure and start at the ceiling and measure down to where you want the hole drilled.

Mark the spot to drill in the screw

Mark the spot to drill in the screw

This is where you will drill. Use the drill to drill in the screw which will be directly into a stud. Leave the end out some so you can hang the bracket on it. Hang up the bracket and make sure it is snug against the wall. And that’s it! Move from that bracket to your next spot on the wall. Do not place the brackets more than 3 feet apart because there needs to be more support than that. Use the same distance down from the ceiling to every bracket you install so the shelf is level.

Drill in the screw

Drill in the screw

I can’t wait to reorganize his room! Between the Skylander wall stickers, trains, and Avenger night lights, I have anxiety attacks walking in there because my OCD wants it to be one theme. 🙂 The kids have complete design control over what their bedrooms look like and it’s so hard to let go of the control!! We’ll see what we can do to make it all work! I will keep you posted as the project progresses!

Here’s what my brackets look like so far. Have a great weekend!


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