We want to hang 3 24" kitchen cabinets in an alcove in our kitchen. The studs on the wall are 24" centers. The way it works out, only the middle cabinet will be screwed into both of these studs. The cabinet on each end of this will only have studs to screw into on the sides. Since all the cabinets will also be screwed together, will this work?
Janet from Phoenix, AZ
The March issueof "This Old House" magazine has instructions on how to install a recessed bathroom cabinet.That may be of help.The other suggestion would be to go to Lowes or Home Depot and talk with one of their associates.They could walk you through the job as well as show the items needed to do the job correctly.
After 22 moves, and lots of modifications, I'd recommend that you buy "screen molding" wood (it's flat, about 1 1/2" wide and made of pine) and attach it the whole length, top and bottom, horizontally, from outside stud to outside stud of your space, then attach the middle cabinet with short screws to the wood, which is attached sturdily to all the studs. Next attach the cabinets to each other, then to each end cabinet. I believe the center cabinet will support the weight of the empty cabinets long enough for you to drill holes/screws into the studs. It will give that middle cabinet some stability you would not otherwise have, AND all the cabinets should be more the same and support more contents' weight.
An alternative would be to drill new holes into the middle back stud/and cabinet, where the middle stud would hit, and not worry about the screen molding. You can put tape over the middle cabinet's other screw holes and likely be able to attach the other cabinets to their studs? Measure first. If too short for the three of them to mate up to the outside studs, use the screen molding, which is about
3/8" thick, enough to support some weight.
Hope this idea helps. God bless you. : )
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