How to Install a Target Wall Ledge

The Target wall ledge is a shelf without visible brackets.
The shelf uses a mounting bracket that you install on the wall. The shelf hangs off the top of the mounting bracket. Some adjustments are sometimes necessary to install a Target wall ledge because the brackets on the shelf are not set out far enough to hook the wall mounting bracket. Common wood shims available at hardware stores provide the necessary extension necessary for the wall shelf to hang properly.

Step 1

Place a mark on the wall at the height you want the Target wall ledge. Swipe a stud finder over the wall and mark the location of two wall studs.

Step 2

Hold a 4-foot level across the wall near the stud marks. Move the level as necessary until the bubble is in between the two lines. Draw a faint line on the wall between the two studs, using the top of the level as a guide.

Step 3

Drill a pilot hole at each stud along the level line with a 1/4-inch drill bit. Measure to the center of the line with a tape measure. Drill a hole the same diameter as the wall anchor with a bit the same diameter as the wall anchor.

Step 4

Insert the wall anchor sleeve into the center hole and tap it in with a hammer until it is flush against the wall. Install one end of the mounting bracket to the right stud with a wood screw and Phillips screwdriver. Install the opposite end in the same way. Insert a screw through the mounting bracket and into the center anchor. Tighten the screw with the Phillips screwdriver.

Step 5

Loosen the screws securing the shelf bracket on the back of the Target wall ledge. Drill a 1/4-inch hole in the center of each shim. Place a shim on the back of the wall ledge, lining up the hole in the shim with the screw mounting hole.

Step 6

Reinstall the shelf bracket onto the wall ledge with the securing screws, with the shims between the wall ledge and the bracket. Hang the wall ledge on the wall with the shelf bracket hooking over the top of the wall mounting bracket.

Things You Will Need

  • Stud finder
  • 4-foot level
  • Drill with bits
  • Hammer
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Wood shim (cut to 2-inch-by1-inch strips)

About the Author

Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.