How to reinforce a wall if you are installing wall-mounted furniture
Over the past few years, there has been a trend towards wall-mounted items of furniture. Unsurprisingly, they not only make cleaning much easier, they also create a sense of lightness and elegance. Moreover, they are a useful trick for optimising space in cramped areas, particularly bathrooms.
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As we were saying, over the past few years, there has been a trend towards wall-mounted items of furniture. Unsurprising, given their benefits:
- They make cleaning much easier, as there are no legs or other impediments to navigate
- A wall-hung item creates a sense of lightness and elegance
- In cramped areas, particularly bathrooms, they are a useful trick for optimising space
However, there is one key check to carry out before installing any piece of wall-hung furniture, be it a bathroom basin, kitchen sink or shelving. Is the wall strong enough to support its weight? And of course, here we need to consider not only the weight of the item itself, but any items that will eventually be placed on it (and, if we are talking about a wall bed, that may even include a person!).
Structural reinforcements on vertical struts are fundamental both for walls in plasterboard and wood if they are going to have heavy items hung on them once erected.
As a rule of thumb, you should reinforce a strip about one metre from the floor along the length of the strut using suitable structures for the type of material used, with the objective being to distribute the load of whatever will eventually be hung down on to the floor.
If there is insufficient reinforcement and you then attach heavy objects such as shelves, mirrors or basins, you run the risk of the hooks or brackets used to attach them to the wall coming away.
Last but not least, any structural reinforcements must be correctly fastened to the existing structure so that tensile and tear strength work together as one.