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Blind Shelf Supports

Easily create shelves that appear to float on the wall!
Item #
20103
Rating:
90% of 100

Add some decorative flare and wonder to a room using these concealed shelf supports. They create the illusion that a shelf is floating and the lack of visible hardware supporting the shelf grants you a wider range of visual variety and options. These invisible shelf brackets are made of sturdy metal and have alloy steel coupling screws to ensure they maintain tension between the posts and the inserts in the plates. This gives you an impressive capacity of 50lbs for an 8” deep shelf that’s 34” or less long. (The support capacity is higher for shallower shelves.) If you need a longer shelf just add additional supports. Try adding some much needed storage or staging space to your living room, bathroom, kitchen, bedroom or office. The blind shelves include the brackets and supports you’ll need and you just need to provide the space, screws and the shelf.

(2) Blind Shelf Supports
Screws not included
More Information
Manufacturer Part Number CP0101
Weight 0.4000
Tech Spec

Mounting / Installation

  • 7/16" extra-long drill bit required (#28855 sold seperately)
  • Supports fit into 7/16" dia. holes in the back of the shelf
  • Hole needs to be 5" deep
  • Supports shelfs up to 8" deep
  • In order to entirely conceal the hardware, the shelf must be at least 1-1/8" thick
  • Shelf must be at least 18" long in order to span a pair of studs 16" OC
  • #8 screws suggested to sink into the stud 2-1/2"
  • Shelves longer than 34" require extra supports
  • Support arms are 5" long
  • Wall brackets are: 15/16" x 1-1/2"
  • Finish: Zinc Plated Steel

Organization Style Supports
4.5 / 5.0
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Should be stronger
I would like to see them a little more robust.
December 6, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
I am pleased. arnie
December 4, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
blind shelf supports
works great. be sure shelf is as thick as support plate
December 1, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Nice supports
They were quite simple to install. Fit the bill just right
November 29, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
WORKED PERFECT AND WAS EASY TO INSTALL.
November 22, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Blind Shelf Supports
Supports are very sturdy and was easy to install. Just what I needed!
November 12, 2019
Purchased
1 month ago
great product. These seem to have much more structural capacity than other “floating” shelf supports I’ve used in the past. Note that if you want flush contact on the shelve’s back edge and the wall, you’ll need to rout out the back of the shelf for the square plate. I did not recess the plate because it still wasn’t in view for my shelf.
November 10, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Did exactly has described
September 24, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Great product. Works as expected.
Worked great. Followed instructions. Definitely need a router or good chisel skills to hollow out back so shelf sits flush to wall due to rod mounting plates.
September 22, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
BLIND SELF SUPPORTS
I like these supports A LOT I will buy more !!!!!
September 15, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
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eazy<br /><br /> too install and makes my wife happy
olaf o on Nov 27, 2019
looks like a great project
JAMES T on Nov 8, 2019
eazy<br /><br /> too install and makes my wife happy
olaf o on Nov 27, 2019
On sale, and will keep them on hand until I have some natural edge wood for interesting shelves.
John M on Nov 9, 2019
looks like a great project
JAMES T on Nov 8, 2019
Wife has been wanting the blind shelves. These supports look sturdy and the video provided some useful information so I can install them without worrying about the glass vase sliding off the side. win-win.
DOUG W on Nov 7, 2019
I need it for shelves......duh.
Kenneth N on Nov 7, 2019
Loos like it will work for a mantel I am building
AARON W on Nov 6, 2019
Used before, worked well, and I needed some more on hand.
Brad S on Nov 5, 2019
In store Rockler employee confirmed these are a great way to hang shelving.
Thomas M on Nov 5, 2019
recommended by friend
Albert S on Nov 5, 2019
These are the best hidden shelf brackets on the market.
Thomas W on Nov 3, 2019
GREAT WAY TO ADD SHELVES!!
Anne-Worley M on Nov 3, 2019
to make some shelves
Fred K on Nov 3, 2019
For live edge shelves as Christmas gifts
David M on Nov 3, 2019
Simplicity
Ed on Nov 3, 2019
Great way to support floating shelves
Jason E on Nov 3, 2019
Easy to use
Walter S on Oct 30, 2019
Clean looking installation for live edge shelf.
John K on Oct 20, 2019
Future use
Dave W on Oct 20, 2019
Daughter requested shelving in her home.
James P on Oct 17, 2019
SIMPLE WAY TO HANG FLOATING SHELVES. ROCKLER ALWAYS HAS QUALITY.
Donald B on Oct 15, 2019
putting some shelves in our den.
David F on Oct 14, 2019
Adding shelving as part of project
Gordon K on Oct 14, 2019
Going to be mounting some small wood slab shelves
Tom S on Oct 12, 2019
I could not find them locally
Richard Z on Oct 11, 2019
We've been wanting to add some blind shelves and the sale price was right.
Harold G on Oct 11, 2019
To hang blind shelves
Terry H on Sep 10, 2019
product meets my project needs
MacGregor M on Sep 2, 2019
Hold small speaker in shop, and nice look to them.
terry s on Aug 25, 2019
Wife wants shelf
Raymond H K on Aug 21, 2019
These were more cost effective than supports I’ve seen elsewhere
Diana M on Aug 16, 2019
Ordered for a job I'm doing the lady wanted floating shelves in her kitchen
Kevin f on Aug 8, 2019
needed to hold electronic box near t v
S. R. M on Aug 6, 2019
Worked perfectly and needed more!
Lindsey M on Jul 29, 2019
Just what I’m looking for
Jim Q on Jul 2, 2019
Didnt order enough the first time
Eli R on Jun 25, 2019
ordered before - works great
Christopher H on Jun 11, 2019
so shelving brackets where not visible.
Brad J on May 22, 2019
Clean, flush. Not so easy to drill the holes in different wood shapes, would recommend a drill press for holes, and they will hold a lot of weight, works great, Thankyou.
Barbara L on May 8, 2019
Needed in the laundry room for more storage.
Dave M on Apr 20, 2019
We we were looking for supports for floating shelves for a kitchen.
Creative D on Apr 14, 2019
I was shopping for shelfs for my bathroom I wanted something different from all of the others. I felt that these would be great with my decor, not wanting some big oversized cabinet the floating shelves would be perfect.
Laura A on Mar 21, 2019
I saw a contractor use them and I like the idea
Joe P on Mar 3, 2019
Salon shelf
Mark C on Feb 19, 2019
I need for a new project.
Dennis V on Feb 16, 2019
think they will look good where I want to use them
David H on Jan 31, 2019
I want to begin making blind shelves with using natural edge maple and walnut
Daniel K on Jan 31, 2019
very nice looking for wood shelving
John H on Jan 30, 2019
Bought some before and the famliy really liked them and wanted more shelves.
John D on Jan 29, 2019
will be installing blind shelf in house soon.
S P on Jan 29, 2019
Future blind shelf installs. Have used this hardware previously and it works well.
Sean A on Jan 28, 2019
On sale, and will keep them on hand until I have some natural edge wood for interesting shelves.
John M on Nov 9, 2019
Wife has been wanting the blind shelves. These supports look sturdy and the video provided some useful information so I can install them without worrying about the glass vase sliding off the side. win-win.
DOUG W on Nov 7, 2019
Can these support a wood mantel of varying depths? We are looking to hang a live edge wood mantel that varies from 6" in depth to 12" in depth.
Erika R on Apr 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We used these supports to hang three live edge wood shelves The longest length 26" X 6". You will need to cut some of the rods for the 6" width as you wouldn't want to weaken the board. Drilling the holes is extremely important and we had a professional do them to ensure a level shelf. Good luck
It appears two brackets are included in an order. Is it possible to purchase a third bracket or do they only come in pairs?
Dave S on Apr 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Sorry no, this is only sold in pairs.
I have some 3/4" cherry plywood. If I stacked them and used glue and finishing screws to hold them together, would I have a strong enough finished board to follow the standard directions?
Jeff H on Feb 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes. I used these brackets with a shelf made from two pieces of 3/4" hemlock glued together and the results were solid.
I have two cypress shelves 2.25" thick X 6.5" deep X 48" long. Cypress is a lightweight wood, similar to yellow poplar. How is the metal piece connected to the plate that is screwed into the studs? Guess I'm not seeing how they are connected.
John H on Jun 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The rod is connected to the plate by the threaded stud. The stud, shown in the blind shelf supports catalog cut , is pointed on one end and is used to mark the drilling centers on the back of your shelf board. The threaded connection of rod and plate is quite sturdy if you are paying attention to the weight limits; I used 4 blind supports per 50 in. shelf.
Do you make a product that will work with a 10" shelf?
Jason on Jun 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Sorry no, we do not have a larger version to offer.
Unfortunately, the shelf that I am using is only 3/4 inch thick. Is there any similar hardware with a smaller mounting plate so that it would be hidden behind my shelf?
dana b on Aug 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This is a tricky problem you have. If this were my task, I would #1. Locate some studs in the wall #2. Use a level and a drill to drill a perpendicular and level 3/16" hole into the studs #3. Screw in some 1/4" diameter threaded machine rod of a length 5-9" depending upon your shelf. Force these rids to thread into the wooden studs. It actually works very well (I hope you have wooden studs) #4. Create corresponding 5/16" holes deeply bored into the 3/4" shelf. This is a detailed job, but I have done it with great results. There may be a piece of hardware available somewhere, but 3/4 is quite narrow to hide hardware. Good luck!
the brackets that screw into wall do they leave a space at the back of the shelve? if so how do you fix that?
A shopper on Jul 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Unless steps are taken, there will indeed be a space of about 1/16 inch at the back of the shelf. It is hardly noticeable, but can easily be eliminated by routing space for the thin mounting plate in the back of the shelf. Note the shelf probably should be a minimum of 1 1/2 inches thick so that the mounting plate can be completely hidden. The routed recess for the mounting plate, then, can be completely hidden, and the shelves appear to "float" out from the wall.
I'm looking to mount a 12" long shelf (8" deep). I don't plan to use it to hold anything heavy and was thinking of using a wall anchor to mount these brackets since I won't hit studs. Can you think of any reason that would be a bad idea?
Len E on Sep 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I did the same and it worked fine
I'm assuming the answer is no, but is there anyway these would work on a wall without a stud (i.e. drywall)?
Regan S on Oct 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I never used these, but am assuming you can off set the holes in the shelf. This way you could hit a stud at 16"OC. If the shelf is longer then say 36" you would hit 2 studs regardless.
I want to mount a floating shelf that is only 4 inches deep. I would guess I need bracket with a post no longer than three inches deep. This company manufacture such a post?
Tom S on Nov 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Just cut off some post.
I recently purchased white oak shelf’s 36” long x10” deep. Can the 5” wall mounting brackets hold the 10” deep shelf? Or will I need additional supports... I say yes? Or do tickler sell a 8” support? I do plan on using 3 supports per shelf but concern that it’s a 5” mounting bracket. Am I ok?
Ross C on Nov 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: most definitely, you are fine. great product.
I am mounting a 22" shelf on a short section of wall where only one stud is available, and not centered. Will these work?
Bridget B on Nov 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I've used these on three different shelves and they work well, but I've always fastened the brackets to studs. I'd be cautious about fastening the brackets with wall anchors. Depending on the weight of the shelf and the weight on it, there can be a lot of leverage on the brackets, which could tear out the wall anchors.
Can these be mounted into mortar or brick?
Routeruser on Apr 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Ms. Melissa,
I would only mount these into brick. Mortar is to soft for mounting anything other than a small picture hanger. Remember this; if its easy to drive a nail into, its easy to pull the nail out of. Use a good quality anchor into the brick. Then again realize that most bricks made today are hollow in the center, so you don't have a large amount of surface material for an anchor to bight into. Just don't put to much weight on your shelf and you should be fine.
Can the rods be cut or order in a smaller length? My shelves are only 3" wide
Dianne E on Dec 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I believe that the rods are mild steel. anyone with a vice and a sharp metal-cutting hacksaw could cut them, but it would take a little time. You would then want to file the "burrs" off the cut end. They are solid, with the exception of the little hole for the mounting screw shown in the illustrations. I do not know if they can be ordered in shorter lengths.
Looking at the Rockler catalogue there are two products. This one and Blind Shelf Supports #20103. 20103 is $5/pair more expensive. The specs seems to have the same dimensions, weight limits... Any ideas on the differences?
Don S on Feb 5, 2019
Blind Shelf Supports
Blind Shelf Supports
I-Semble Light-Duty Blind Shelf Supports
I-Semble Light-Duty Blind Shelf Supports
BEST ANSWER: It looks like the $14.99 one has elongated holes it says in the description that you can adjust the level of the shelf. I'm assuming that has to do with the elongated holes though the directions don't seem to spell this out. It looks like both of them have a 50 pound rating. So I don't see how one would be more heavy-duty than the other. There might be some other factor.Enter an answer to this question.
Can you mount these to the wall using wall anchors?
Victor L on Nov 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Mounting them using anchors (in drywall) will reduce the amount of weight it can safely hold. If you can't use studs and need to use wall anchors, I recommend no more than a few pounds per support (including the weight of the shelf).
Will the mounting plate allow for 1 support to be installed in an inside corner of the wall? I have a 36" wide space between the inside corner and a door jam that I want to put shelves in but there is only 1 stud in the middle of the wall space and there is one facing the right direction in the corner.
E E on Aug 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi EE,
I had to put mine in with 1 toggle bolt. One is in only stud there. Depends on how much weight on the shelf.
With a heavy toggle and washer it will support 20# or more. Get a good toggle bolt and you can mount one end into drywall just fine.
What about 12" deep shelves ?
Robert S on Aug 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The key to making them work is good wall to bracket connection . If you have good connection to the wall they will work with a 12 inch shelf
Need to hang a 3" thick 6' long rough fir mantle on a brick wall. Estimate mantle will weigh 30#. Will this product work, and how many pairs should I buy?
Will L on May 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes i put in one support every 12 to 16 inchs. The rockler supports will more than support the weight. The important part is what you use to fasten the bracket to the wall.
the only shelving lumber I can easily purchase is 5/4" nominal (1" actual) in thickness. Is this still structurally appropriate, understanding that it will show 1/16" or 1/8" of the structural support?
barbara on Mar 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We used them in 3/4 shelving and worked fine for a kitchen. The key is strength in numbers, definitely install 16" OC and anchor in your studs, not in drywall. Make sure you drill your holes in the shelving deep enough and exactly where they line up with the brackets or they won't slide on.
What actually keeps the shelf from sliding off the rods? It seems like there could be some slop or the shelves might easily be pulled away from the wall on accident by say a child. I would expect there to be some sort of set screw to help keep the shelf in place, but I don't see anything like that in the pictures, video, or install manual.
David J on Feb 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I found that I got the best results using friction fit. I routed a groove in the two halves of my shelf to spec, and the shelf was still loose on the supports. A thin strip of wood shim in each hole (maybe 1/32") was all it took to get a tight, secure fit. As a bonus, I was able to correct a slight level issue by placing the shim at the top of one hole and the bottom of the other.
What is the specific diameter of the blind shelf support bracket?
Jan S on Jan 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi Jan.
according to the technical details listed in the catalog, the hardware that attaches to the wall is 15/16" x 1 1/2". the 'supports' require a 7/16" bore hole. So that pretty much dictates requirements. for the 'look' that my client desired I constructed a 'Mitered' box w/ a top and bottom of 3/4' ply with spacers of 1/2" sandwiched between top and bottom. this thickness hides the hardware attached to the wall (slight mortise is necessary so that shelf will fit flush to the wall). the front and 2 end edges were then enclosed w/ a 2" mitered strip to give a clean look. the posts fit in the opening between the top and bottom 3/4" ply. because of the weight of this design, the shelf depth was a little less than 8". I didn't want to push the limitations. so that was how I did it. client was satisfied.
Peter
Is there a weight capacity for these? We are thinking of going with a live edge wood shelf about 30" long. I am assuming I will only be able to hit two studs in my wall. We plan on putting plates / dishes on the shelf so, weight will be a concern. Thanks
michael w on Jan 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It's been a while since we installed these brackets, but I think it's 50 lbs a pair.
Would these work on a 14" deep shelf approx. 30" long?
Whitney B on Oct 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In my experience, yes. They will work well. You must find studs within the wall, or use the best anchor solution you can. Studs are best. The product is very well designed. It is helpful to have a drill press if you are boring out the deep holes you need in the shelf. But on an installation with only two pins, I think it could be done without a press.
The shelves I'm hanging are 8 3/4in deep. I noticed that these brackets support shelves up to 8in deep. Do you think the extra 3/4 of an inch will cause an issue?
Michael on Aug 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, not at all. I've used these a number of times and love them. Very secure. I've gone up to 10 1/2 inches. Solid as a rock.
I am installing a 6' shelf and it is doug fir 2"X8"X8' it will be planed, jointed, sanded and stained. It is used for very light objects like nick nacks. My intentions are to use 3 hidden brackets and if necessary cut it down to 6' if you believe its to much for 3 brackets?
jim d on Aug 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I didn't actually use the ones I bought because they didn't look sturdy enough for my 2 x 12 Doug fir boards. I think you will need at least 4 brackets for an eight foot shelf, and they might be ok for the eight inch shelf, but maybe don't make the shelves until you get the brackets, so you can make six inch or eight inch wide shelves depending on what is most comfortable for you.
How thick is the mounting plate ?
steve g on Oct 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I don't have one of these in front of me, but I have installed them satisfactorily. As I recall, the mounting plate was about 3/32". I mortised the back of the shelves so that the plates did not hold the shelf out from the wall.
Can these be safely used for a 10" deep, 2" thick shelf? And what would the adjusted weight capacity be? Would more than 2 supports be needed for a 36" shelf with these dimensions?
Lisa S on Apr 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The answer is "it depends" . They'll hold up the shelf but I wouldn't load it up with heavy items unless you keep them towards the back. They're sturdy. The big thing is getting them attached solidly into studs or dead wood behind the sheetrock.
Is this possible with no wood studs, only metal industrial/commercial construction type framing? No more than 25 lbs including the shelf weight.
Matthew J on Sep 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This should work as long as you screw into the metal studs.
I used these for two live edge shelves. One shelf is perfectly level. The other is leaning down (drooping, sagging). Can I remedy this? Both shelves are the same weight so I don’t think it’s a weight issue.
Tnorris on Mar 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: First , are both supports sturdy in the wall , both caught studs ?
Secondly , are both supports level off the wall ?
Third , are your holes drilled straight ...a slight angle would do this also .

I’ve used these a lot with great success. I hope my thoughts can help you solve your dilemma.
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