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Metal Studs and Hanging Cabinets/Shelves?

Old 01-05-15, 01:54 PM
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Metal Studs and Hanging Cabinets/Shelves?

I recently moved into a high rise apartment and need to hang some wall cabinets. The cabinets themselves weight about 20lbs and I'm thinking the stuff stored inside them will be around 40-50lbs.

I know I need to mount these into the studs which I've been told should be metal since it is a high rise, but I'm not sure how to double check this? (I have a simple stud finder but I don't know how to check if the stud is metal or wood)

I went to Home Depot and bought a pack of 2" metal stud screws, which is what I was recommended by the person working there. I just want to double check that this is ok and will actually support the amount of weight (~60-70lbs). I know that I need to drill a pilot hole before putting the screw through but is there anything else I should be aware of when hanging these cabinets? I have never mounted anything using metal studs.

This is the suspension rail to which the cabinets are attached. BEST┼ Suspension rail - IKEA

This is the cabinet I am trying to mount, I have a single like this one and also a double which is two of these attached to each other and are all mounted using the suspension I posted above. BEST┼ Shelf unit with door - black-brown/Tofta high-gloss/yellow - IKEA

Thanks a lot for the help/advice!
Old 01-05-15, 06:58 PM
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Welcome to the forums! You don't want to hang cabinets from metal studs. If the construction was first class, there should be blocking across where you need to hang the cabinets. Otherwise, it would be best for you to locate where your cabinets will go, cut the sheetrock out from about 1" from the top to a total of about 10" and install 2x8 lumber across the metal studs. You can repair the sheetrock fairly easily and paint it, or leave it rough sheetrock since you will be covering it with the cabinets.

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