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Floating Shelves: A Worktop Express® Nutshell Guide

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  2. Hi Jane,

    We are able to supply bespoke floating shelves however we would require the specification to be emailed to us along with your billing and delivery address. We can then reply with a formal quotation for this.

    Our Oak is European, Prime versions will be slightly lighter in colour overall as there will be less variation in this.

    Best Regards,
    Leanne @ Worktop Express

  3. Hi I would like two medium oak shelves.

    1 – 1100 x 300 x 30
    2 – 1400 x 300 x 30

    Price and availability please

  4. Hi Robin,

    As standard we stock oak floating shelves up to 1500mm long, 300mm deep and 40mm thick as standard. The other sizes available from stock are 300mm, 600mm, 900mm and 1200mm in length.

    If you are looking for a bespoke shelf size such as those you have listed, you will need to go through our fabrication department to get a quote for these bespoke sizes. They can be contacted by emailing, or telephoning us on 0845 22 22 644 / 01452 881 372.

    All the best,

    Ben @ Worktop Express.

  5. Hi,

    I require a length slightly shorter that the 1200mm that you offer (1100mm). What is the maximum that I can trim so that it fits the alcove?


  6. Hi Tej,

    Our 1200mm shelves can be trimmed to 850mm without affecting the structural integrity of the bracket mounting points. This can be done at home, but will require a heavy duty circular saw or router to make a clean cut in the timber.

    Alternatively, we offer a bespoke shelves service, and can make the shelves to exactly the length you require so that they can be easily fitted immediately after delivery without any further adjustment.

    To get a quotation, please visit our Bespoke Solid Wood Floating Shelves page:

    Kind regards,
    Ben @ Worktop Express

  7. Hi,

    Similar question to Tej, although for 1500 mm shelves. How much can I trim off? Is it 350mm as well?



  8. Hi Dave,

    Our 1500mm shelf has space to accommodate 5 brackets, and because the centres of the holes for the supports are 150mm in from each end, they cannot be trimmed down as it will affect the structural integrity of the shelves.

    For sizes between 1200mm and 1500mm, we are able to create bespoke shelves to your specifications which will arrive ready for fitting upon installation. You can enter the measurements on our Bespoke Floating Shelves Page for a quotation:

    Kind regards,
    Stephanie @ Worktop Express

  9. Hi

    My plasterboard wall have been stuck onto the blockwork. (The new way according to my builder!) Can toggle bolts be used effectively in supporting the weight of the shelving and the mugs that will go on top? Alternatively how about the extra blocks you supply? I assume they fit under the shelf along the wall.


  10. Hi Mel,

    Thanks for getting in touch regarding our floating shelves.

    Our shelves are provided with specialist invisible mounting bolts that are designed for fitting to solid walls. Depending on the thickness of your plasterboard, they may be able to penetrate this and securely fit into the blockwork behind. We would not recommend using an alternative fixture such as toggle bolts, as they are not compatible with the invisible mounting holes on the rear of each shelf.

    If you are concerned that the wall will not adequately support the weight of the shelf and items you’d like to put on it, then our floating shelf battons are designed to fit underneath the shelf – either along the wall or at either end (if fitted in an alcove). These can be attached with toggle bolts or any other suitable fixture to provide additional support.

    Kind regards,

    Ben @ Worktop Express.

  11. Similar question to some above: we would like a shelf that’s about 700mm, and have access to the tools needed to trim it. Can the 900mm shelf be trimmed at home?

  12. Do these shelves have a maximum load please?


  13. Hello Nathan,

    As per the information above, our floating shelves can support up to maximum of 35KG and are only recommended for use on solid walls.

    We would always recommend using an additional wooden battens to provide additional support if the shelf will be used for heavy items and the loading weight is likely to be nearing the 35kg maximum.

    Kind regards,

    Stephanie @ Worktop Express.


  15. Hello Nigel,

    In our 40mm thick shelves, brackets will be 150mm from each end with a gap of 300mm between each bracket. The 300mm shelf that we stock is an exception to this and has 150mm between brackets and each one is 75mm from the end. If you are looking at 30mm thick shelves or bespoke shelf sizes, it will vary depending on the size you need, and we would advise you to contact our sales department on 0345 22 22 644 or via to discuss your requirements.

    Kind regards,

    Stephanie @ Worktop Express.

  16. I have received my shelves and read installation instructions. However, I’m keen to know if there are any tips to ensure the fixing studs go in level. I note to check these once they are sticking out from the wall, but that’s too late for any adjustment to be made. Any helpful tips would be welcome.

  17. Hello Barry,

    When you are marking out the places for the fixing studs, we would advise using a level to ensure they are fixed in the right place. This will be easiest with a laser level, but can be done with a spirit level if you do not have access to one. We would advise asking a friend to help you if you are using a spirit level, so that one person can mark the fixing stud position, and the other can ensure the level is straight before measuring the correct distance from the first fixing stud position and marking the appropriate place for the second. This can then be repeated for subsequent fixing studs.

    If you have any further queries about the installation of your shelves, please do not hesitate to contact our customer support team on 0345 22 22 644 or via

    Kind regards,

    Stephanie @ Worktop Express.

  18. Good morning. I have the 1200 x 200 x 40 floating oak shelves, with 3 brackets which will be fitted on a single brick solid wall. They are already heavy, but what weight items can I load on? They’ll be in the kitchen and have crockery, glassware and books on them.

  19. Hello Sheila,

    As per the information in this guide, our floating shelves can support a maximum of 35kg – though we do recommend that an additional support batten is added if the items on the shelf are close to the maximum weight. You can purchase additional support battens from us here:

    Kind regards,

    Stephanie @ Worktop Express.

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