How to Install Wall Hung Office Systems

No room for bulky office furniture? You may want to consider installing a wall hung office system -- it's a clean look with plenty of versatility.


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    Determine the area in which you want to install the unit.
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    Consider how much work surface, overhead storage, file systems, and electrical/DATA access you may need.
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    The number of wall mount poles you will need to install will depend on the width of work surface that you need.
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    Also, if you want to have any overhead storage (shelves, flipper door cabinets, tack boards, etc...). Once you have made these decisions, it is time to install the wall mounts.
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    Start by mounting the first pole in the position where the edge of the first top will be located.
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    Use 10x1 screws to temporarily hold up poles while positioning and determining plumb.
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    Place bottom of pole 3-6" from floor or on top of a base board.
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    Put a screw toward the top of the pole. Plumb the the pole and add a second screw in the bottom of the pole.
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    Using a small pilot drill bit, pre-drill the rest of the hole in the pole.
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    Remove the pole from the wall. Use a 1/2" bit to drill out the pilot holes.
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    Insert a toggle in each hole.
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    Place screw(s) in top hole(s) of pole and tighten.
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    Continue filling all screw holes in pole.
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    If your work surface is, for example, a 42" top, measure from the center of the first pole 42" and make your mark. Take the measurement from 3rd/4th hole from bottom of pole.
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    Place 4' level at the hole on the pole you measured from, and make a level line mark that crosses your 42" mark.
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    With the second pole, place the same hole you measured from on the first pole on your cross mark and secure with 10x1 screw.
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    Repeat the previous steps from first pole.
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    Continue this until all poles are up.
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    Using cantilevers for the particular poles you have, place them 36-38" high (standard height).
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    Once all the cantilevers are up, it is good to use the 4' level and lay across the cantilever to be certain the unit is level.
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    Now you are ready to install the work surfaces.
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    Choose screws by the thickness of top and secure top to cantilever.
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    You can also install flat brackets to attach the tops to one another for a tight seam and stability.
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    Use the remaining portion of pole at the top to install shelving or cabinets.


  • It is a good idea to mark out all your poles with pencil before mounting them one at a time. This may save you some headache later in the project.
  • Important! Make sure the weight limit on toggles is sufficient for what you plan on storing on the shelves.
  • "Fastenal" toggles are easy to use and of good quality for projects like this.
  • Hand star toggle all screws before tightening with a drill.
  • Don't push on screws while tightening toggles. Let the drill do the work and chuck the drill down a bit so as not to strip out the toggles.


  • Always wear proper safety equipment
  • Be aware of what is behind the wall you drill into.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill with bit index
  • Screws: 10x1, toggles
  • 4' level
  • Tape measure
  • 2 phillips/apex
  • Shopvac for drywall dust
  • 3" Wood/metal screws (in case you hit a stud)
  • Work surfaces, cantilevers, wall mount poles, flat brackets

Sources and Citations

  • Triangle Office Equipment
  • Trendway Office Systems

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