Removing a wall shelf involves lifting the shelf away and removing the brackets that held it in place. Sometimes the wall must also be repaired after the screws and anchors have been removed.
Clear and remove the shelf
Take everything off the shelf you want to remove. If possible, lift the shelf up and away from the brackets. If the shelf is attached to the bracket, remove the screws and disconnect the shelf from the bracket. Remove the shelf and set it aside.
Remove the brackets
Use an electric drill to remove the screws from the brackets. Remove the brackets. If brackets are held in place with nails instead of screws, use pliers to pull the nails straight out of the wall. Pry stubborn wall anchors out with a screwdriver.
Repair the wall holes
Removing screws or wall anchors from a wall typically leaves unsightly holes. To repair the holes, start by clearing away any dust or debris from around the hole area. Use a putty knife to fill the hole with joint compound. Spread joint compound around the outside of the hole, making it as flat as possible. Once the joint compound dries, sand over the area until it's completely flat. Paint over the area to blend it in with the rest of the wall.