Mounting a kitchen wall cabinet

Prefab cabinets have become very popular among home owners. They are easy to install and also a lot cheaper than old fashioned cabinets. It’s very common to mount them on the wall to save space.

Some of the tools and materials that you will need are:

  • Prefabricated cabinets
  • Several lengths of 2×4 wood
  • One long 1×1 wood
  • 3-inch wood screws
  • 1-1/2-inch wood screws
  • Power drill
  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • Plywood (optional)
  • One or two assistants
  • Pen


  1. First of all determine if the cabinet can withstand its own weight or will it need to be reinforced with plywood.
  2. Then measure and place the 1×1 board as a ledger board. Make sure that the board is level and then fix it to the wall.
  3. Determine the right height to hang the cabinet. You can use mounting strips or you can hang the cabinets by the backing reinforcement. Mark the spots on the wall.
  4. Next you will need to find the studs and mark their place. You can use a stud finder for the job.
  5. Then determine the width of the cabinet and cut two pieces of 2×4 boards. These will become the battens. They should be a few inches shorter than the cabinet. Use two per cabinet.
  6. Attach the battens on the wall and make sure that it’s leveled. Repeat the step.

Mounting the cabinets

  1. First you will need to mark the locations of the battens on the mounting strips or backing of the cabinet.
  2. Have someone hold the cabinet for your on the wall. Use the ledger to see if it’s level.
  3. Use 3 inch screws to fix them into the top batten through the back of the cabinet. Spread them out for additional support. Do the same thing for the lower furring strip.
  4. Now you can remove the ledger. If you have installed multiple cabinets, then you can attach them to each other by using small wood screws.
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