Bunning DYI – How to Install Cube Shelving.
Bunnings Group, trading as Bunnings Warehouse, is an Australian household hardware chain. The chain has been owned by Wesfarmers since 1994, and has stores in Australia and New Zealand.
Bunnings was founded in Perth, Western Australia in 1887, by two brothers who had immigrated from England. Initially a limited company focused on sawmilling, it became a public company in 1952 and subsequently expanded into the retail sector, purchasing several hardware stores. Bunnings began to expand into other states in the 1990s, and opened its first warehouse-style store in Melbourne in 1994. The chain currently has 295 stores and over 30,000 employees.
Bunnings has a market share of around 50 percent in the Australian Do-It-Yourself hardware market, with competing chains including Home Timber & Hardware, Mitre 10 and various independent retailers.
Since the development of the Bunnings Warehouse stores, two general operational formats exist: Bunnings and Bunnings Warehouse. The smaller “Bunnings” stores stock a more limited range of hardware, whereas the larger “Bunnings Warehouses” contain a more comprehensive hardware range and, often, garden supplies including plants. Over time, some smaller-format Bunnings stores have gradually been closed. However, 2015 saw six new stores open in Victoria, mainly in smaller regional markets and inner-suburban areas. The “big box” format accounts for 167 stores of the network of 280.
In February 2016, Bunnings’ parent company Wesfarmers bought the United Kingdom-based hardware chain Homebase for £340 million. The chain’s 265 stores in the UK and 15 in Ireland were intended to be rebranded with the Bunnings name within five years.
Bunnings’ buyers have a range of solutions available, including Click and Collect and the contactless drive and delivery service that can now be ordered from 250 bigger Bunnings stores in Australia.
Drive and Collect helps shoppers to receive orders from parking lots in Bunnings with no contact with staff members and consumers. If consumers have ordered online via the website of Bunnings, they will select a suitable date and time for order processing. When the customer arrives, he / she parks at a designated location in the parking area and calls or contacts the shop staff. A team leader then puts the customer’s order in his boat.
“We are taking the common sense strategy to searching at ways of changing our business efficiently to ensure that we continue to support our retail customers safely and allow the company to continue to operate,” said Mike Schneider, Managing Director of Bunnings, “We would like our consumers to be protected during busy periods and providing access to the goods they want.”
“We would like to thank our consumers for making these improvements – shopping alone whenever possible, buying well in advance, social division and product limits and payment without cash. We would also like to thank you for your patience, because we restrict the number of customers in your shop, meaning you may wait a little while, but our staff is doing a wonderful job, ensureing that everyone is safe, both inside the shop and at the queue.
In 250 Bunnings Warehouse shops around Australia, Drive and Collect is open. No smaller size Bunnings shop involves and consumers are urged, from the Bunnings website, to test if their local store participates.
How to Install Cube Shelving
Tools and materials:
- Clever Cube shelving
- Drill and drill bits
- Ear protection
- Eye protection
- Impact driver
- Stud finder
- Tape measure
- Wall brackets
Its always a good idea to charge your power tools before a job, just in case your battery run out midway through the project. To be on the safe side if you have children under five it might be best to keep them entertained so not to harm them in any way. Last thing you want is a young one swallowing a screw or hurting themselves in with a power tool. Wear some protective eyewear when using power tools.
1. Measure up
The first thing you’ll need to do is to measure your cube shelf to see how wide it will be on the wall. We measured the internal space (the spot where the baskets will go), as that’s where our brackets will attach. As we’re turning the cube onto its side, we measured the long edge.
2. Locate you wall studs
Using a handy stud finder (you can pick one of these up from Bunnings), locate your wall studs – these are the secure anchor points you can drill straight into to secure your shelf. When you find a stud, mark the wall with a pencil. Our studs were 600mm apart which was perfect for our cube shelf. If yours don’t match up, you will need to use a wallmate to secure your shelf.
3. Mark your position
Grab a friend and lift up your shelf to the spot you want to hang it. Use a pencil to mark out the top of the shelf – this will be where you’ll need to mount your brackets. Use a level to make sure your brackets are installed straight.
4. Attach shelf brackets
Secure your brackets to the wall using an impact driver – don’t forget to wear eye and ear protection for this bit. If you don’t have one of these, feel free to use a regular drill – the impact driver just makes it faster and easier. Once your shelf brackets are attached, grab your level and make sure they’re straight – when the bubbles are at the centre you’re good to go.
5. Drill pilot holes
Before you attach your shelf to the wall you’ll need to drill some screw holes to the frame of the shelf. Have your friend hold the shelf to the brackets so you can mark up where you’ll need to drill. So you don’t drill your pilot holes too deep, using masking tape and mark up half the length of your screw on your drill. Once you have this as a guide you’re ready to drill your pilot holes.
6. Screw in your shelf
Position your pilot holes in the right spot in relation to your brackets and screw them in. You can use a drill for this bit or a good old-fashioned screwdriver.
7. You’re ready to go
By positioning your cube shelf – usually a floor item – onto the wall, you’ve now regained stacks of valuable floor space. You’ve also fashioned a stylish storage solution for home. Winning!
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