Gutting my kitchen at the moment. What a mess! Is there any reason
that kitchen cabinets cannot or should not be mounted directly onto
studs? That is, with no sheetrock behind them. Planning on plywood
with cement backer board between the uppers and lowers for a tile
backsplash. Uppers will go to within 3 inches of the ceiling with some
type of molding on top. So the walls will be covered top to bottom and
the open wall would allow last minute flexibility for wiring/plumbing
cabinet? What happens if you ever want to replace the cabinets and they
are a different size than the open hole.
When I did mine, I cut a 4x8 sheet of drywall in half longways, laid one 2'
section along the bottom, and the other along the top, then put the 4x8
tile backer in between. This way the bottom joint was behind the lower
cabinets and the upper joint was behind the upper cabinets. I screwed it
in place and only mudded what would show above the upper so the bottom
could be removed if needed.
I think your required to have drywall covering the insulation to meet fire
Mike in Arkansas wrote:
> Gutting my kitchen at the moment. What a mess! Is there any reason
> that kitchen cabinets cannot or should not be mounted directly onto
> studs? That is, with no sheetrock behind them.
Insulation if on an outside wall.
Also may be a problem meeting fire codes.
Certain there are others, these are just a couple that come to mind.
Fire code, dafts and others.
This is what I did to make life real easy, I put 3/4 plywood between the
studs then sheet rocked, that way when hanging them its real easy, plus some
of the narrow cabinets would only hit one stud on the edge of tha cabinet
That brings to mind the problem you will have if a stud lands on the edge or
just one stud your cabinets will not be stable.
Actually, it's best to hang cabinets, especially if they're more
than a few feet in total, assembled length. Locking them down
solid like that can cause strange gaps/joints to open, etc., due
to seasonal changes in humidity, etc..
Contrary to what some people are going to say, a properly hung
cabinet set will not move around, and cannot be accidentally
lifted off its hangars.
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