Home Office Update: Beautiful Floating Shelves

Nov 4

I mentioned in my last One Room Challenge update that this post may be late and not posted on Thursday, when the participants share their updates. And it is late. I delivered a keynote in Toronto (more on that experience soon!) and didn’t have time to get this post pulled together before heading out of town. But it’s worth the wait! Can’t wait to share my new floating shelves in the office…

How To Use Drywall Anchors by Simply Organized

There’s nothing more depressing than walking into a home and seeing wall hangings propped up on a floor. Leaning against the wall. I see it in homes all the time. So many of us are afraid to put holes in the wall or worried we’ll hang it wrong. Maybe it will fall off the wall. Can you relate?

Hanging photos and floating shelves couldn’t be easier and a goal of mine is to teach you guys how to do it all. Easily. Without worry! So stay tuned for some videos / posts about how to hang.

My very favorite, easy way to hang – when going into drywall – is with these wall anchors…

How To Use Drywall Anchors by Simply Organized

( drywall anchors )

How To Use Drywall Anchors by Simply Organized

Just a few tools are required to get these babies up on the wall. For these floating shelves, all you do is mount the brackets on the wall (each with one drywall anchor) and then slide the shelf into place. Could not have been easier!

Brackets up…

How To Use Drywall Anchors by Simply Organized

How To Use Drywall Anchors by Simply Organized

( brackets )

Since the office is now predominantly white, I wanted to add something natural. The Container Store had a few different shelf colors to choose from, but I fell in love with the sand color. They are the perfect accent! Couldn’t be happier with them!

How To Use Drywall Anchors by Simply Organized

I originally purchased the 12″ depth shelf, but they appeared to stick out too far. So I exchanged them for the 8″ depth shelves and they work perfectly! 8″ can more than hold some standing frames, decor and small office organization items…

How To Use Drywall Anchors by Simply Organized

( shelf )

Once the shelves were up, I added my Martha Stewart Wall Manager underneath. I’ve owned these for several years. She had them at Staples for a long time and thought they were not being sold anymore / were discontinued, but someone on my IG said she saw them at Staples the other day. Definitely check your local Staples if you think this could help with paper organization.

The reason I wanted to add these under each set of shelves (both sides of the window) is to keep that long desktop area totally cleared off.

( Martha Stewart Wall Manager )

I have only ever mounted these with Command Strips – they have never fallen off the wall. It works!

I did a few other small tasks in the office since my last update. Mainly being brutal with what’s staying and I fixed a minor issue with the storage piece. I’ll share that soon! It used to be leaning off the area rug like this…

But not anymore – woot!

Until then, here’s the before…

And now…

How To Use Drywall Anchors by Simply Organized

Of course, I spaced out and didn’t get a full after shot. Promise to add one in next week when I update again!

What’s next?

  • Paper organization
  • Finish labeling boxes and drawers
  • Still waiting on the desk
  • Search for office chairs (not important because my old one is currently working just fine)
  • Maybe some sort of window covering

Don’t forget to check out the other participants in the One Room Challenge! Look forward to making more progress this week and sharing again next Thursday. Hope you had a great week!

In case you missed previous posts in this series…

Home Office Before

Home Office Painted

Home Office Storage Pieces Arrive

Home Office Area Rug & Organization

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  1. Jill L. says:

    Love your set up! I am redoing my home office and recently transformed an old dresser into a bookshelf. I took the drawers out and painted it. I was wondering if you had any suggestions on how to arrange/decorate on the shelves. The problem is that the shelves are pretty close together around 6-8 inches, so I cannot stand any books up. I know I could get some storage boxes or lay some books flat, but I’m at a loss as to what would work on these shelves. Thanks for any input!

    • Samantha says:

      What a fun idea! Have never seen anything like it and can see where you might be stumped in terms of staging it. I feel a little lost as to how I could help as well… Were you planning to store office supplies or just decor?

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