Another question for those with more experience than me. I have done
several searches with google and called my local Ikea store but I'm
still not happy about the "best" method I have found so far to mount
Ikea Effektiv wall cabinets.
The only information I've found on the web about mounting these
cabinets comes from:
Ms Morgan-Oakes hung her cabinets by putting one Ikea mounting bracket
over a stud, and then used a 2inch L bracket inside the top of the
cabinet at the next stud to tie the top of the cabinet to the wall.
She didn't use the remaining Ikea mounting bracket.
I'm a bit concerned that if I put heavy items in these cabinets that
with metal studs they will pull out of the wall.
The cabinets are for office use and have flush backs, so no room for
2x4s or kitchen cabinet rails. Here is the Ikea page on the cabinets:
Weight: 13.9 kg (30.6 lb)
Width: 85 cm (33.5 in)
Depth: 36 cm (14.2in)
Height: 42 cm (16.5in)
As you can see there are two beige plastic covers that go over two L-
brackets that Ikea supplies to support the cabinet once you choose
appropriate mounting hardware. The holes in the backets align with
holes in the backs of the cabinets and are 29.5 inches apart
laterally. I have metal studs in my drywalls which are 16 inches on
center. I have two of these cabinets and I'd like to hang them side
by side which means that only one of the mounting brackets would line
up with a wall stud.
I've been to Home Depot and considered the following options:
A. follow the L-bracket into studs approach
B. use large shelf supports under the cabinets to support them
C. use a 1x2 under the cabinets screwed into the studs to support
them, and L-brackets to tie them back
B would be ugly, I'm not ready to trust A yet, and C might the best
In addition to requesting additional ideas (other than 2x4s, kitchen
cabinet rails, cables, chains, a plywood backer, a metal plate backer
-- though if that's the best way then so be it) I'd also appreciate
information about what size metal drywall screws to use (length and
diameter), and what size toggle bolts to use for the Ikea brackets
that don't line up with the studs.
Thanks for your attention,