Tips For Securing Cabinets To Steel Studs
There are several steps involved when securing wall cabinets to metal studs. It’s important that you use the correct fasteners to secure your upper cabinet to the steel studs. This article will walk you through the proper procedure for mounting your bases or uppers to the walls.
First off, if you are just hanging standard size kitchen cabinets, you can install them just as if you were securing them to wooden studs. It is only when there is going to be a lot of weight in a cabinet that you need to use the fasteners that are demonstrated in our video.
Follow These Instructions For Installing A Cabinet That Will Carry Normal Weight:
- Review this tutorial on how to locate wall studs when installing cabinets.
- Locate the exact position on the cupboard that corresponds to where the screws will be secured in the metal wall supports and drill three sixteenths inch (3/16″) wide pilot holes for the screws to be inserted through.
- Place the cupboard into position and screw it fast with either drywall screws or zinc coated cabinet installation screws. Yes, you can install cabinets with drywall screws.
Securing Cabinets That Will Carry A Lot Of Weight To Steel Studs
This process will be a little different and is demonstrated perfectly in our video. The product that needs to be used for fastening the weighty cupboards to the steel studs is called a Snaptoggle.
This is a toggle bolt that works perfectly for installing kitchen upper cabinets to walls where there will be a lot of weight stored in the cabinets.
There is really no chance of the fastener coming loose if it is positioned correctly in the metal stud.
How To Secure Upper Cabinets To Steel Studs
- Determine where the steel wall stud is located and mark the cabinet in accordance with the wall stud location. You must install the fastener directly in the center of the steel stud. Take your time when locating the center of the support behind the drywall.
- Hold the upper cabinet in place and drill through the pilot hole you made in the cabinet back through to the wall. This will mark the exact position of where the toggle bolt needs to be located. Before removing the cupboard, be sure to make marks on the wall in relation to exactly where the cabinet is positioned; this will help you hit the fasteners perfectly when you do the final installation of the cupboard.
- Take the cabinet down out of the way.
- Drill the recommended hole size through the drywall and steel studs for inserting the toggle bolts through.
- Install the Snaptoggle into position and break off the tagging end.
- Prop the upper wall cabinet into position, align it with the marks you made on the wall, and drive the toggle screw home, securing the upper wall cabinet tightly to the steel stud.
You must make sure that you have plenty of fasteners holding your cabinets to the steel wall studs. Remember, your installation will only be as secure as your cabinets are strong. If the kitchen cabinets are built poorly, you will need to beef them up a bit with a few additional screws.
If you have junk for cabinets it defeats the purpose of using really good wall anchors for securing the kitchen cabinets to the steel (metal) studs.