Wall cabinets offer handy storage and can be a great design feature in any kitchen. But they must be hung securely, evenly and in the correct place. The way to safely mount your unit depends entirely on the material you’ll be affixing it to. For example, fixing a heavy cabinet to a plasterboard wall is completely different to fixing one to a brick wall. Plasterboard is essentially a layer of compressed plaster dust between two sheets of paper. If the structure is intact, it is reasonably strong and resilient. However, as soon as this structure is broken by a screw or nail, the plaster inside will be liable to crumble, so getting a good fixing is difficult. Exposed brick walls add a unique element to the appearance of a room. However, they also add an interesting challenge if you want to attach cabinets directly to the brick. In this blog we’ll go through the best way to mount any unit or cabinet to your wall, whether it be to plasterboard or brick. You’ll find out how to mark up your walls, how to check for cables and pipes, where to position the cabinets, ensure they’re level and finally, how to fix and secure them to the wall. Before you do anything, you need to identify secure points onto which the wall brackets for your cabinet can be fixed. This is important as it could affect the final design of your kitchen, and the size of the cabinets you’re able to hang.
Mark your walls
Mark up exactly where you want your wall units to hang; they should be 450mm away from the top of your worktop. Use a spirit level to mark up where the sides and bottom of the unit will be then mark it out on your wall. The kind of cabinet you have and the kind of wall you’ll be fixing it to will determine the way you’ll be fixing it to the wall. Regardless, the key is to measure where your brackets will go and mark this on the wall.
Drill your holes
Once you have marked out where you want to hang your cabinets, you can drill your holes.
Use a stud finder to ensure that there are no cables or pipes that you’re liable to drill through. When drilling the wall, use safety glasses and gloves and ensure that you’re using the appropriate drill bit and setting for the wall surface. Once drilled, pop some wall plugs into the holes and screw the bracket into place. Once the bracket is on, you can fix the cabinet to the wall.
Secure your cabinets
Always ensure your wall cabinets are level with a spirit level. And after hanging your wall cabinets, secure them to each other with screws to increase their strength.
Fixing a heavy cabinet to a plasterboard wall or a brick wall can be tricky, especially if you’re a DIY novice. You don’t want it falling off the wall once you start to fill it up, so it’s imperative that you fix it properly. Here at Kitchen Click Direct we stock a range of affordable, replacement kitchen cabinets that are easily installed regardless of wall type. So, if you’re looking for a kitchen revamp that’s budget-friendly and stylish, get in touch today to see what we can do for you.