Install Hanging Cabinets

Hanging cabinets can be a great way to outfit a room with additional storage space. If you have more items than you can comfortably fit into your existing cabinets, hanging cabinets can give you a way to store those items without taking up precious floor space. Additionally, hanging cabinets come in a variety of different styles and designs. They tend to be very straightforward to install and come in kits with instructions included. Read on for a generalized and brief overview on how to install hanging cabinets for additional storage space throughout your home.

Tools and Materials

  • Premade hanging cabinets
  • 2.5 inch wood screws
  • 1 x 3 inch wood strips
  • Wood shim pieces
  • Studfinder

Step 1 -- Find the Studs

The hanging cabinets will need to be attached to the studs in your kitchen or other space for stability. Use the studfinder to find as many studs as there are cabinets in your collection. In most cases, studs will be located about 16 inches apart from one another. Make a mark at the edges of each stud so that you know where they are located in the wall.

Step 2 -- Measure the Height

The cabinets should hang at least a foot and a half above the countertop or area below them. Using the height of the cabinet and the total height of the room as your guides, determine where the base of the cabinet should be located and draw a horizontal line across where you'd like the bottoms of the cabinet to sit.

Step 3 -- Attach the Strips

While you're installing the cabinets, it's much easier if you have a horizontal platform on which to rest them. For this reason, attach the small wood strips so that the upper edge of each strip sits on the horizontal line that you've just drawn. You can attach them to the walls using your 2.5 inch wood screws. These will allow you to rest the cabinets while you install them.

Step 4 -- Attach the Cabinets

Follow any specific instructions for your cabinets in order to install them on the wall. Make sure that you have a second person handy to help hold the cabinets in place. They will need to be flush against each other, and it's a good idea to start with the corner cabinet and work your way out from there. Attach the cabinets without the doors in order to have the easiest working situation.

Step 5 -- Attach Doors

The cabinet doors can be attached after the cabinets themselves are securely in place. These doors should be installed according to the instructions of the cabinets.

Step 6 -- Remove the Wood Strips

When the cabinets are securely in place, use your screw to remove the wood screws holding the strips in place. Remove the strips as well. You can paint over the holes in the wall or fill them in, if you're concerned about the remaining holes that are in place.