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October 2008
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A Cabinet Hanging Solution

 We have a number of cabinets that need to be hung. Cabinets are heavy,  not so much for  their size but they are bulky and awkward. There are a lot of ways to hang cabinets, depending on construction, location, and obstructions.

Here is a simple solution to hang cabinets. I have created a cleat system to hang them. This works well in areas where you do not have soffits. You need about an inch of space between the top cabinet and the bottom of the cabinet hanger. Note also I have taped the doors closed. Easier to hang. I am a fan of easy.
Here is a shot showing the cleats with a cabinet in place

It consists of three pieces of plywood. One  is cut on a diagonal to create the wall cleat and the cabinet hangers. The other is a small  piece of plywood acting as a spacer for the bottom of the cabinets.

This is how the cleat and hanger works. Gravity becomes your friend as the weight of the cabinet helps lock the cabinet in place.

The cleat attaches to the wall with the diagonal facing up with the high point away from the wall. Yes the wall is a little wavy, but not enough to cause problems. This is however typical.

The hanger attaches to the cabinet with the point down away from the back of the cabinet. We attach the hanger to the cabinet with adhesive like PowerGrab, and some screws through the cabinet back.

Note that we make the cabinet hanger a little shorter than the width of the cabinet. Makes lining them up easier. I am a fan of easy.

The wall cleat and lower spacer bar are continuous. I used a laser level to establish my level lines,I measured and checked my stud locations to insure that I have solid attachment points,  and used 3” screws to attach the cleat to the wall. I use two screws per stud, so I don’t think about them coming off the wall later. I used a pilot drill to pre drill my screw holes. If you don’t, you will break screws and swear or cry a lot.

The lower spacer is higher than the bottom of the cabinet for a number of reasons. The primary reason is to provide a surface for attaching the bottom of the cabinet to the wall.
Secondly, it allows you the ability to shim behind the cabinet if the wall is not plumb. This is important in keeping the doors closed as most cabinets do not have locking mechanisms.  It can also serve as a raceway for the wire for under cabinet lights.

You can use this system for rooms that have soffits, but you need to adjust your dimensions. Remember that you will need an inch of clearance to place the cabinet, and will need to cover the gap after mounting your cabinets.