I'm building a medium-sized entertainment center and hoping to hang it on an exterior wall of my house, using brackets made by Rakks
. I've been adding up the total weight and it seems like, including LPs, the TV and the shelves, it might be as much as 450 lbs. I'm wondering if this is too much.
The house was built in 1946 and has real plaster over studs. (The wood itself seems considerably denser than what you would buy today. Hard to get screws in.) All support brackets will be anchored into studs -- every 16". The whole thing will be 4-6 feet wide (some shelves are wider, some are narrower). Bottom shelf will have 4' of LPs (heavy), top shelves will have 6' of CDs (lighter). Two other shelves will have DVD, receiver, etc. Flat screen TV will be about 50-80 lbs.
I've got other shelf units in the house that are probably holding as much as 300 lbs, maybe more, also attached to studs, and they seem fine.
The brackets I'm using are supposed to be strong enough. I'm wondering about the wall itself.
Many thanks to anybody who has any thoughts or suggestions about this!