Step 6: Planning and Layout Part 5
Using my stud finder, I locate 2 wood studs along the 32" span. I determine that there is a stud located 7" from the right edge of the shelf and another stud 13" from the left edge of the shelf. The stud located 7" from the right edge of the shelf looks appealing and will certainly do the job. Naturally, I want the shelf to look balanced. Therefore, I will mount the left shelf bracket 7" from the left edge of the shelf. I will install this shelf bracket to the drywall only using Toggler brand drywall anchors.
Important Safety Considerations:
You obviously don't want to drill into plumbing, gas lines, or electrical wiring. There are many intuitive techniques for determining where these potential dangers live behind your walls, however it's best to consult a professional or if possible, your house plans.