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How To Install Glass Shelves On A Bathroom Wall

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Let’s take a look at how to install glass shelves in a bathroom that will provide storage and a decorative accent on a sparse wall.

​Once we completed the bathroom renovation, it was apparent that the wall needed shelves. Glass wall shelves are perfect for smaller spaces like a bathroom or kitchen wall, and can be installed quickly!

Floating Glass Shelf Brackets

For this quick bathroom project, I purchased modern-looking glass shelves and brushed nickel finished hardware from Home Depot. 

Pine wood was initially considered but did not meet my vision for a clean, fresh-lined aesthetic. 

With the simple installation of the affordable and easy to use bingo brackets, I achieved the desired result in our renovated bathroom.

Glass shelves require a bit more attention than regular wood shelves. Personally, a kit is the best way to go unless you require custom glass shelves. 

A glass shelving is not only breakable but will require special shelf brackets to ensure stability so the glass brackets that came in the kit worked out perfectly. 

Hang glass shelves

When installing glass shelves, it’s important to use the right type of anchor screws as well as wall anchors that are specifically designed for glass shelves. 

Proper spacing between each shelf should also be considered when mounting multiple shelves. 

For this project, I purchased Mural brand shelving kit sand bingo brackets from Home Depot but you can purchase any type of clean simple shelf or mounting brackets. 

A few of my favorite brackets:

Glass Shelf Installation

One thing to be mindful of when installing glass shelves is to make sure you don’t put too much weight on them. 

These glass shelves are more decorative and are perfect for light weight items. 

Mural glass shelf and bingo bracket
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Step 1: Bracket Location

Locate the wall stud. Ideally you will fasten the glass shelf bracket to a wall stud for increased stability but if that isn’t possible, then you will need to use the wall anchors. 

Determine on the wall where you want your glass shelves to be and draw a line using your level.

I am a visual person so I always mark the wall with a pencil. 

I like to see the lines visually before I start drilling holes! 

It’s much easier to wash off the pencil then it is to fill mistaken holes.

How to hang glass shelves

Then measure and mark with a pencil where to drill your pilot holes.

How to hang glass shelves

Step 2: Drill Pilot Hole

Once you drill your hole in the wall using a drill bit, insert the plastic drywall anchor. Do not skip this part as glass shelves need proper support.

The kit comes with metal anchors as well.

The type of wall you have will determine the type of anchor to use. I was not drilling into a stud but simply into sheet rock so I opted to use the plastic drywall anchor.

Gently tap the plastic anchor into your hole. If it doesn’t go in easily, get a bigger drill bit and make the hole bigger.

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be sure to locate a wall stud and use a wall anchor

The anchor is now placed into the wall.

How to hang a glass shelf

Step 3: Install Bracket into Plastic Anchor

Remove your drill bit (that you used to drill your pilot holes) and screw the long metal bracket into the plastic anchor in the wall.

Use your drill to screw the long metal screw (bracket) into the wall.

How to hang glass shelves using a bingo bracket
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Screw slowly into the plastic drywall anchor.

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You will screw to the point where the metal stop is on the rod, leaving about an inch showing.

Notice that the “metal” stop is screwed into the wall leaving on the threads showing to attach the bracket to.

Be sure the rod is secure to ensure the glass shelves are secure.

how to insert a bingo bracket into the wall

Step 4: Add Finish Washer

Add the round washer and then screw the end of the bracket to the metal rod in your wall.

Bingo bracket for glass shelf
how to install glass shelves

Note below, the bracket end of rod.

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Step 5: Install Bracket

Screw rod into the wall which will support the shelf.

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glass shelf brackets don’t need to be ugly, bingo brackets are designer friendly

Step 6: Level The Glass Shelf Bracket

Use a small level to ensure that the rod/bracket is level.

How to install a bingo bracket for a glass shelf

Step 7: Add Floating Glass Shelves

Add your glass shelves and use a larger level to ensure that they are straight and lined up with one another.

Glass shelves and metal bingo bracket
Make sure the floating glass shelves are level

I chose to hang three glass shelves using six bingo brackets. The entire process for all three shelves took under 45 minutes. Once you do one, the others move much quicker.

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floating glass shelves with bingo shelf brackets

This project was completed around Christmas time and I love how the glass shelves look with decorative baskets and hand towels.

Why are Glass Shelves Great For A Bathroom?

  1. Modern and Sleek Look: Floating shelves provide a contemporary and stylish look to any bathroom.
  2. Reflective Quality: Glass has a reflective quality that enhances the natural light in a room, creating a bright and open feel.
  3. Versatility: can be customized to fit any bathroom decor, as they come in various shapes, sizes, and finishes.
  4. Easy to Clean: Glass shelves are easy to clean and maintain, making them a practical addition to a busy bathroom.
  5. Display Options: offers a unique way to display decorative items such as plants, candles, or artwork, adding a personal touch to your bathroom decor.
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floating glass shelves were the perfect choice for this bathroom

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To make the most of your bathroom wall space, try adding glass bathroom shelving with brushed nickel glass shelf brackets. Not only does this create a functional storage area for bath amenities and towels, but it also provides a stylish modern vibe that pairs nicely with glass mosaic tile.

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  1. The shelves look great! Is the glass attached to the brackets, or does it just sit on top? They do look like they are ‘floating’…was wondering what keeps them in place…

    1. Hi Nancy! The glass shelves just sit on the top but there is a groove that they kind of fit in. There is also a rubber ring that goes around the rod so the glass isn’t sitting directly on top of the rod. It’s pretty clever how they are designed and very inexpensive. Like $5 per pack of rods?

  2. Hi, do you remember the size of the glass shelf? (Specifically the depth)

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