Good Questions: How Can We Hang Shelves on these Delicate Walls?

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Dear AT,

We love the amount of space we have, but even with that there isn't enough floor space for everything we own.

Our apartment is very old and you can't put anything on the walls.

Either the nail just wont go in or it falls out once it is in.

We have tried anchors and very very light shelves, but we are desperate for solutions.

My father is an art director and made me wonderful shelves to hang from the ceiling in one room.

Does anyone have any other suggestions for hanging shelves on the walls instead of hanging everything from the ceiling? Thanks! Isabel

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.