In this guide we’ll take a look at the best shelf brackets for the UK market.
We’ve compared the number of shelves, weight, main material and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What is the Best Shelf Bracket?
More Detailed Shelf Bracket Reviews
Rustic Heavy Duty Scaffold Board Shelf Brackets Review
The rustic scaffold board brackets are some of the best shelf brackets because they’re manufactured in the UK to exacting standards. We’ve put up a lot of shelving in our time and these are some of the best made fittings that we’ve come across.
The first thing you’ll notice is the weight- these are made from 6 mm thick mild steel, not pressed aluminium. If you securely attach these to a solid wall, your shelf will be able to take the heaviest loads you could throw at them. They even throw in the right screws and rawlplugs for you.
Not only are they tough, but they look great too. Pair them up with some upcycled waxed scaffolding boards and they’ll look the business in your kitchen, living room or man cave.
King Do Way Industrial Pipe Shelf Brackets Review
Manufacturing an impressive range of products for the home, KING DO WAY know a thing or two about making the best shelf brackets. We got hold of a set of four pipe shelf brackets and took a closer look at how they’re put together.
First, these brackets are made from real industrial iron piping. They’re not fake, lightweight brackets pretending to be something they’re not. You get four brackets to make industrial style shelving wherever you need it, and the fixings are included as well.
You’re not limited to making just shelves with these brackets either- you could use the right-angle pipe fittings as bookends, door stops or to make furniture. It’s this versatile strength that makes us think these are the best heavy duty shelf brackets for the keen DIYer.
Sayayo Heavy Duty Folding Shelf Bracket, 2 Pcs Review
Shelves, door handles, coat hooks and hinges- Sayayo make them all. We chose their folding brackets to test out because they’re a clever and innovative design that will transform any room you put them in.
These aren’t ordinary brackets- they can be folded through 90° allowing you to make the most of the space that you have. They’re made from folded steel parts that are light enough to attach to a stud wall, but strong enough to hold 20 – 25 kg when locked into position.
The folding operation is simple. There’s a trigger underneath the bracket that you pull which collapses it. It doesn’t feel cheap and the locking action works so that it can’t accidentally fall.
They’re the best shelf brackets to use when space is at a premium, for example in your shed or if you’re fitting out a motorhome or caravan. Drill them into the wall, choose your favourite shelf top material, and you’ve got a handsome shelf that you can stow away when you feel like it.
Beetwo Heavy Duty Wall Shelf Brackets, 8 Pcs Review
We got hold of this set of black shelf brackets made by Beetwo and were surprised by the build quality of them. You might not expect “unbraced” brackets to be very sturdy, but because they’re made from 5 mm stainless steel, they’re really tough.
With eight of these brackets included in the set, you can put up several shelves, or make a wall-length display shelf if you fancy it. The finish on the brackets is good, the ones we tested out didn’t have any burrs and the countersunk holes were smooth. And we were pleased to see that the screws and rawlplugs included with the set are good quality.
These are some of the best heavy duty shelf brackets we’ve tested out, because they’re simple, well-made and attractive. If you want shelves with a classic look that can still hold plenty of weight, these are the ones for you.
Yumore Heavy Duty Collapsible Shelf Brackets Review
With more than 20 years of hardware manufacturing experience, Guangzhou based YUMORE specialise in quality stainless-steel items for the home. We saw their folding shelf brackets and decided to put them to the test.
The clever folding design is what sets these types of brackets apart from the competition. You can use these folding shelves to create work benches or table tops in any room and stow them away in seconds when not in use.
These are quality folded steel brackets, lightweight but rigid when they’re locked into place. We like the rubber washers used in the hinge, it should cut down on wobble and rattle that you get from cheaper folding brackets.
These are some of the best shelf brackets for when you need that bit of extra workspace in your studio or shed, but not all the time.
Shelf Bracket Buyer’s Guide
Creating clever storage space in a room is the best way to clear out the clutter and gives you the chance to display your prized possessions exactly where you want them. There are plenty of options when it comes to the best shelf brackets though.
Shelf brackets need to be strong enough to hold your items safely, but not so heavy that they pull the wall down with them. The best heavy duty shelf brackets are made from steel because their strength to weight ratio allows them to hold a lot without putting too much load on the wall. If you want that industrial look though, you can opt for iron pipes that are heavy but strong.
Number of brackets
Depending on what type of shelves you’re putting up, you might only need one bracket for a lightweight display, or a whole series of them to hold up your collection of cookbooks. Always check the maximum load rating that your shelves have before you put them up.
Different styles of shelf bracket
If you like the industrial look of scaffold boards, you can use the purpose built and attractive TTCWM rustic shelf brackets that are made with wide boards in mind, or you can make your own folding shelves with collapsible brackets like the Sayayo folding shelf bracket set. Plenty of brackets exist, it’s up to you how you use them.
If you’re going to fix your shelf brackets to the wall, you need to have the proper fixings. For a secure and long-lasting solution, you should use screws and plastic rawl plugs in brick walls and timber frames, and plasterboard fixings in stud walls. The best shelf bracket sets include the right size screws, which will save you a lot of guesswork.
The best shelf brackets can be useful in any room of the house, in the garage, garden or workshop. The folding design is a brilliant option when you need versatile storage space in your caravan, motorhome, or even on a boat.
The range of shelf brackets available to the UK market is nothing short of staggering. You can choose from classic, simple right-angle brackets or clever folding steel ones when space is tight, but we think the best shelf brackets are the TTCWM rustic shelf brackets. They’re made right here in the UK with excellent attention to detail, they’re strong as an ox and they look great. Now you just need to put them up.