Something very exciting happened over the weekend.
Yes, friends. That’s right. I bought a power tool. A cordless drill to be exact.
And then I used said drill to install a shelf. A functional, stable shelf.
It’s kind of a miracle, really.
Storage in the city comes at a premium, so I’m always looking for ways to maximize the space I have. I decided I wanted to install a shelf above my bathroom door to free up some under-the-sink space. And you know something? It was easy. Seriously. You should do it, too.
First, I bought this bad boy from Ikea (installation hardware not included).
Then, I marked the places above the door frame where I needed to drill with a pencil. I measured on either side with a ruler to be sure it was centered.
Next, the drilling! I had to consult my dad about this as I was using plugs or anchors or whatever you want to call them, and I wasn’t sure how that worked. Apparently, you want to drill a hole just big enough that you can hammer the anchor (gently) into it. His suggestion was to start conservatively with a drill bit that that might be a little smaller than you need. You can always make the hole bigger, but you can’t make it smaller. (Can’t even TWSS that one. It’s too easy).
Anyway, I started with a medium sized drill bit, but wound up using the largest one in my set. BTW, if you’re buying a drill, you should know that they don’t come with drill bits which makes zero sense and leads me to believe that this system was designed by a man, but whatever.
Make sure the drill is perpendicular to the wall, and drill slowly with steady pressure until you get a hole.
A blurry hole, but a hole no less!
Then, tap your screw plug/anchor thingies into the holes with a hammer. You have to make sure you hit these straight on or they start to buckle (if you have plastic anchors, that is).
Next, screw the shelf into the anchors. I used the screw bit (is that the right term???) to attach them most of the way, then manually tightened the screws the rest of the way since it was at a funny angle.
All that was left to do then was to add the actual shelf. Sha-ZAM!
God, I’m handy.
And yes, I stockpile bath products like it’s my job. But I NEVER run out of conditioner or face wash. So say what you will, but it’s a good practice as far as I’m concerned.
Now, I have crazy space under the sink to load up with paper towels and boxes of tissue and other things I didn’t have space to store before. Ahhh, I love organizing!
Do you own any power tools?
Are you going to install a shelf in your bathroom, like, tomorrow? Because you totally should.