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Tapered Shims for All Your Household Needs

When objects around the house are wobbling, unstable, or unlevel the solution you’re looking for is a tapered shim. Wobble Wedge has been the ultimate household tapered plastic shim for more than thirty years, offering an easy fix for wobbly tables, uneven surfaces, unlevel bookshelves, and anything that rocks, tips, or leans. Tapered shims slide into any gap to provide an easy and enduring fix. For whatever your household needs, try Wobble Wedge!

What is a Tapered Shim?

The wedge was one of the first tools created by mankind and they are still just as handy today! A tapered shim is a triangular piece of material that slides into any gap, filling the space and preventing any further movement from the item. Wobble Wedge offers plastic tapered shims in a variety of sizes and with several distinguishing features that make them the ultimate household handy tool. Wobble Wedge tapered shims feature patented ridge technology that allows the wedges to interlock, never to slide apart when under the weight of an object. Wobble Wedges are also available in hard and soft plastic so you can pick the perfect fix for your project. Hard plastic Wobble Wedges are best used on soft flooring, while soft plastic Wobble Wedges are perfect for hard flooring or surfaces, decorative objects, and plumbing.

What Problems Can I Solve With a Tapered Shim?

If it wobbles, a tapered shim can fix it! Just about any household project pertaining to uneven floors or surfaces can be addressed with a tapered shim. Wobble Wedges have been used for hundreds of different household and commercial purposes ranging from plumbing and counter installations, to antique furniture and collectable objects. Here are just a few of the many ways you can use a tapered shim to solve your household wobbles.

Getting Started with Wobble Wedges

Once you have a pack of Wobble Wedges in the house, you won’t believe how many different ways you will find to use them. Suddenly, tapered shims will become your favorite tool in the tool box. The Wobble Wedge Variety Pack is a great place to get started. This convenient kit contains a variety of tapered shims for all of your household needs. Here is what you’ll find included:

10 Rigid Standard Shims: These are your go-to household wedges for fixing bookcases, coffee tables, and more. These rigid plastic shims are perfect for soft flooring and can be used to prevent furniture imprints on carpet.

5 Flexible Standard Shims: The perfect plastic shim for furniture on soft flooring, kitchen appliances, fixing rattling plumbing pipes, wobbly toilets, and more. Flexible Wobble Wedges are pliable and can easily be trimmed to any size.

2 Flexible BigGap Shims: These are the largest Wobble Wedge shims and are perfect for construction projects, and large appliances like washing machines, dryers, storage freezers, and more.

4 Rigid BigGap Shims: The largest hard plastic Wobble Wedge is ready to go to work in your garage or tool shed. Use these mighty shims for stabilizing your workbench, power tools, drafting tables, and concrete blocks or stairs.

8 Flexible Mini-Shims: For all of your micro-wobbles, these soft plastic Wobble Wedges are perfect for securing decorative items, house plants, framed artwork, and more.

8 Rigid Mini-Shims: These itty-bitty, hard plastic tapered shims are ready to shim thin antique or modern table legs. Mini wedges are also handy for woodworking projects, stabilizing delicate joints, and fixing antique wobbles.

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Perfectly Level DIY Floating Shelves

Level DIY floating shelves

Homemade Floating Shelves Use Wobble Wedges ® to Achieve Perfection

Floating shelves are a sophisticated way to add storage capacity in your home without the clutter of metal shelf brackets. There are a variety of floating shelf styles and kits that are available for purchase online. The truly industrious home improvement junkies will opt to build their own floating shelves using basic carpentry skills and tools. However, even the most perfectly built floating shelf may not rest flat against the drywall. Any gaps between the bottom of the shelf and the wall will cause the floating shelf to be out of level. Luckily, Wobble Wedge ® plastic shims provide an easy fix! Our sturdy plastic shims will help you install perfectly level DIY floating shelves.

How to Build a DIY Floating Shelf

DIY floating shelves are constructed with an internal support that gets attached to the wall and an exterior “box” that slips over the support. This style of design creates an incredibly strong shelf without any visible support. If mounted to drywall, use drywall anchors to increase the weight capacity of the shelf. Otherwise, mount the floating shelf into studs for a seemingly indestructible shelf ready to hold your heaviest house plants, books, and decorative items.

Installing a Floating Shelf

Use a level while installing the internal support for your floating shelf. This ensures that the shelf is level from side to side. Once you have mounted the internal support, slip the box that comprises the exterior of the shelf over the support. Use finishing nails to hold the exterior box to the internal support bracket.

Level DIY floating shelves
Trim the plastic shims and they’ll disappear from view!

Level DIY Floating Shelves with Plastic Shims

At this point you may notice that your shelf is level from side to side, but does not sit flush against the wall and is therefore not level from front to back. This could cause items to slide off the shelf and could even pull the shelf off the wall. Place a level on the shelf to see if it dips tilts downward. If your floating shelf is not level, use clear/translucent Wobble Wedges ® plastic shims under the bottom, against the wall, to make your shelf level from front to back. Once you have confirmed with your level that the shelf is now even you can trim the Wobble Wedges ® so they are not visible to the naked eye. Using a marker draw a line on each plastic shim, and then remove it. Trim the Wobble Wedge ® plastic shims to size with scissors or an exacto blade. Replace each plastic shim and recheck the shelf for level.

Congratulations! You built a beautiful floating shelf that is unique and customized to your space. Now it’s perfectly level thanks to Wobble Wedge ® plastic shims!