The SHELF Self-Mounting Shelf

Posted: May 03, 2019
$25 - $35
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The SHELF doesn't look like a life-changing design. You might even scan past its self-mounting qualifier since pretty much every piece of tech and gear is smart enough to do something by itself these days. But I, sirs, am charmed. The SHELF is so simple in appearance and construction, but in use eliminates all the issues I have with hanging things on my walls: it requires no assembly, no tools, no hardware, and no instructions for mounting. It hardly even makes any holes in the walls it lives on.

Essentially a simple square box embedded in another simple square box, the SHELF truly does self-mount to your drywall. You don't need brackets or anchors or a drill, and the whole process takes about 2 steps. Place it. Press it.

The SHELF's inner box contains a mechanism that can engage counter-opposing steel prongs. Your pressing motion activates and pushes them into the drywall and locks the SHELF in place. Ready to show off your action figure collection.

The SHELF creates four holes in your wall, each only about 1/16" in diameter, compared to traditional drywall anchors that create 1/4" to 1/2" diameter punctures. According to SHELF creator Vasco Cabral, this minimal invasion still produces a sturdy structure that can hold between 15 and 30 pounds of tchotchkes, depending on the size SHELF you have. They'll come in 3 sizes.

If you're interested in owning a self-mounting SHELF or 4, head over to pledge for yours on Kickstarter through May 18, 2019.

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