Tutorial - Mid Century Tomado Wall Shelves
By Paul Sharp
Unfortunately the shelves don't come with instructions, but this is the way I normally do it, it
is easier to do if there are 2 of you, but you can do it on your own at a pinch.
Decide where you want to hang the shelves and take one of your wire uprights (it doesn't
matter which way up you hang them as the holes have keyways top and bottom, but note the
spacing of the 3 holes on each upright isn't quite symmetrical top to bottom, so I take note
and hang both uprights the same way up for neatness) you only get/need 4 screws so the
middle keyholes in each upright are redundant.
Hold one of the wire uprights against the wall at one side of where you want to install your
shelves, mark the position of the top keyway on your wall with a pencil, as shown by the red
Now you can put that upright down, drill the hole in your wall where you made the mark and
insert the rawl plug and screw, don’t screw the screw in right up to the wall, leave it sticking
out by 2 or 3 mm so there is enough space behind it to hang the keyway in the upright over
it, the upright should sit snugly on the screw in the keyway, if it is too tight for the keyway in
the upright to slide down or too loose so the upright wobbles around too much, adjust the
screw and try again.
This is the trickiest bit where an extra pair of hands helps!
With the first upright hanging on the wall by the single screw (green dot below), take your
second upright and one of the shelves, position the shelf in the top position (the ends of the
shelf slip down over the loops on the wire upright) on both your hanging and free uprights
(remember to check they are the same way up) and then adjust the position of the second
upright until the shelf is flat/square, you can use a spirit level if you have one, to get it
straight, sometimes I find it is easier if I add a second shelf toward the bottom to keep
everything square as I am doing this, when you are happy with the position of the second
upright, mark the position in the keyway at the top of it on the wall again (as shown by the
Now you can put the second upright and shelf/shelves down again, drill the 2nd hole in your
wall where you made the mark and insert the rawl plug and screw, again don’t screw the
screw in right up to the wall, leave it sticking out by 2 or 3 mm so there is enough space
behind it to hang the keyway in the 2nd upright over it, the upright should sit snugly on the
screw in the keyway, if it is too tight for the keyway in the upright to slide down or too loose
so the upright wobbles around too much, adjust the screw and try again. That is the most
difficult bit over with :)
You can now hang your 2nd upright over the screw and drop in a shelf at the bottom of the 2
hanging uprights, you can double check that everything is level and mark the positions of the
2 bottom keyholes shown by the 2 red x below.
Now you need to take everything off the wall (you don’t need to undo the screws, just lift the
uprights and take them back over the screws in the wall).
Drill the 2 holes for the lower positions, where you made the marks and insert the rawl plugs
and screws, again don’t screw the screws in right up to the wall, but leave them sticking out
by 2 or 3 mm so there is enough space behind it to hang the keyways in the uprights over
This is the final installation, so the uprights should sit snugly on the screws in the keyways,
take your time to adjust them, if any of them are too tight to slide down on the keyway fully or
too loose so the upright doesn’t seem firm, adjust the screw and try again.
You should now have your 2 uprights on the wall as below
Once the uprights are in place you can position your shelves wherever you like, they slide in
from the front and then the lips on the ends of them drop down over the wires on the uprights.
What is cool about these shelves is that because the uprights have shelf loops all the way
around, you can group sets together if you have more than one as shown here, installing
extra uprights is just a repeat of installing the second.
I hope this helps you with your shelves, Happy installing!