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Cable Shelf Brackets for Glass Shelves

Expo Design Cable Shelf Brackets and glass shelf kits
The Cable Shelf Brackets are definitely a designer way of hanging glass or wood shelves. They are a suspension system. The space used by the bracket system is above the shelf for the majority of it. Stainless steel cables start on the wall above the shelf, string through the rear bracket and then under the shelf to the front bracket, and then from the front bracket back up to the starting point, creating a nice right triangle. Cables are long enough to support up to 16" deep shelves. The Cable Shelf Brackets are packaged as a pair, and the shelf kit will come as a pair of brackets with a tempered glass shelf. All mounting hardware is included for stud mounting. Toggle bolt mounting is optional and suggested when you cannot align with studs. For longer shelves, you can attach a third or even a fourth bracket for greater support.

Multiple shelves can be stacked one above another taking into consideration the up and down spacing in relation to the shelf depths. One of the expanded pictures below will show several shelves above each other. The shelf kits come with brackets for the 3/8" to 1/2" thick shelves. When considering using your own wood shelves with the bracket packs, you would opt for the 5/8" to 3/4" size.

The Cable Shelf Brackets are a decorative shelf mounting system leaving a small footprint on your wall. It is not like cumbersome shelf standards and brackets that go up and down the whole wall. When setting up presentation areas within your home, be it the living room, bedroom, kitchen, or bathroom, you want to dress it up more with good looking shelves and shelf brackets. Cables are stainless steel, fittings come in aluminum or black finishes.

First shown the kits: A pair of brackets with the glass shelf
EXPO-6__K
Expo Design: Cable Shelf Kits
Expo Design 6 inch deep Cable Shelf Kit. Composed of a set of Cable Shelf Brackets and a piece of 3/8" thick tempered glass in a 6" depth. Kit and glass length choices:
EXPO-618K 18" long glass 6x18
EXPO-624K 24" long glass 6x24
EXPO-630K 30" long glass 6x30
EXPO-636K 36" long glass 6x36
Default kits come with aluminum finish fittings. If you need BLACK fittings, select the part numbers that end in -B for black.
$50.75
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EXPO-8__K
Expo Design: Cable Shelf Kits
Expo Design 8 inch deep Cable Shelf Kit. Composed of a set of Cable Shelf Brackets and a piece of 3/8" thick tempered glass in a 8" depth. Kit and glass length choices:
EXPO-824K 24" long glass 8x24
EXPO-830K 30" long glass 8x30
EXPO-836K 36" long glass 8x36
Default kits come with aluminum finish fittings. If you need BLACK fittings, select the part numbers that end in -B for black.
$53.73
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EXPO-10__K
Expo Design: Cable Shelf Kits
Expo Design 10 inch deep Cable Shelf Kit. Composed of a set of Cable Shelf Brackets and a piece of 3/8" thick tempered glass in a 10" depth. Kit and glass length choices:
EXPO-1012K 12" long glass 10x12
EXPO-1024K 24" long glass 10x24
EXPO-1030K 30" long glass 10x30
EXPO-1036K 36" long glass 10x36
EXPO-1048K 48" long glass 10x48
Default kits come with aluminum finish fittings. If you need BLACK fittings, select the part numbers that end in -B for black.
$53.73
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EXPO-12__K
Expo Design: Cable Shelf Kits
Expo Design 12 inch deep Cable Shelf Kit. Composed of a set of Cable Shelf Brackets and a piece of 3/8" thick tempered glass in a 12" depth. Kit and glass length choices:
EXPO-1224K 24" long glass 12x24
EXPO-1230K 30" long glass 12x30
EXPO-1236K 36" long glass 12x36
EXPO-1242K 42" long glass 12x42
Default kits come with aluminum finish fittings. If you need BLACK fittings, select the part numbers that end in -B for black.
$68.66
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Next: The Cable Shelf Brackets in two sizes
For use with your own glass or wood shelf
EXPO-CSB5
Expo Design: Cable Shelf Kits
Expo Design CSB5 Cable Shelf brackets, pair of brackets to mount glass or wood shelves.
For shelves up to 16" deep and most any width, supports up to 100 pounds when stud mounted. Stainless steel cables with matte aluminum fittings. Two size to choose from.
EXPO-CSB5 for shelves 3/8" to 1/2" thick (generally glass)
EXPO-CSB75 for shelves 5/8" to 3/4" thick (generally wood)
$21.89
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EXPO-CSB5B
Expo Design: Cable Shelf Kits
Expo Design CSB5B Cable Shelf brackets, pair of brackets to mount glass or wood shelves.
For shelves up to 16" deep and most any width, supports up to 100 pounds when stud mounted. Stainless steel cables with BLACK fittings. Two size to choose from.
EXPO-CSB5B for shelves 3/8" to 1/2" thick (generally glass)
EXPO-CSB75B for shelves 5/8" to 3/4" thick (generally wood)
$21.89
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When stacking multiple shelves on the same wall:
We were asked what spacing guide to follow when stacking one shelf above another, or 3, 4, or more per wall. Expo Design has given us this guideline. Each bracket (cables) forms a triangle coming out from your wall. One on each end of the shelf as you can see from the pictures below. From the screw hole in that top bracket (the peak of the triangle) to the BOTTOM of the shelf, that will be the interval of spacing in the following table. It is based on the depth of your shelf.

For 4" deep glass, spacing from screw hole to bottom of shelf is 17-1/2". Thus if you plan your shelves to be 18-1/2" apart in height (or more), you are good.
For 5" deep glass, then 16-7/8".
6" deep = 16-1/4"
7" deep = 15-5/8"
8" deep = 14-7/8"
9" deep = 14"
10" deep = 13-1/8"
11" deep = 12-1/8"
12" deep = 11-1/4"
13" deep = 10-1/8"
14" deep = 9"
15" deep = 7-5/8"
16" deep = 6-1/4" (max depth shelf is 16")

Basically, the more cable that is used on the underside of the shelf as the shelf gets deeper reduces the amount of cable available for the vertical stretch. The amount used on the hypotenuse stays pretty even on all sizes of depths, but the vertical lessens as the shelves deepen.

PLEASE consider this too when setting up your design. Although as your deeper shelves can have less spacing between them when stacking multiple shelves, this does not mean that you should space them too close together. With one shelf too close to the one below it, how would you place and take things off that shelf easily? Your spacing must depend upon how you plan to use the shelves also. Look at the picture immediately below. It has books on it. Yes, we may not grab any of those books for the next 5 years, they might just sit there; but then again, we may be referring to this tiny library on a weekly basis. We would want the shelves with enough clearance between them so we do not bang our knuckles on the shelf just above. So this spacing guide has more relevance for narrower depth shelves than it does deeper shelves. Although you can space 16" deep shelves about 7" apart, you probably would not want to. But on 6" to 8" deep shelves, yes, you may want them as close together as you can get them.

When in doubt, it never hurts to get a big piece of cardboard and draw your multiple shelves and the triangle shapes of the cables on the cardboard (as an end view). Then hold that up to your wall and look at it. This can assist you in spacing that will look great, and still be functional.
Expo Design Cable Shelf kits stacked one above another
Expo Design different size glass shelves stacked above each other
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