Hanging a single kitchen wall cabinet.  Cabinet Basics:

Installing Kitchen Wall Cabinets:
Part 2 Hanging A Single Cabinet


In This Article:

A single wall cabinet is lifted into position, leveled, and screwed to the studs.

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Skill Level: 2 (Basic)

Time Taken: About 30 Minutes Each

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A Basic Single Cabinet Installation:

Prior to this, a line had been drawn on the wall to mark the top edge of the cabinets, and the studs were located with a stud finder and marked.

I placed the bottle jack on the counter, on top of a scrap of wood.

Then I set the cabinet on top of the jack and made sure it was up against the corner.

Then I simply jacked the cabinet into position. The jack was positioned just ahead of the center of the cabinet, so the unit leans back and does not tend to fall forward.

I drilled holes at the studs and installed 3-1/2" screws, but did not tighten them all the way.

The screws I used. They are expensive, about $6 a pound, but worth it because the wide head holds the wood firmly.


I checked all sides of the cabinet for plumb and level. I ended up putting a few shims in the back, and then I drove the screws all the way in.

As mentioned earlier, I drive screws into all the studs I can reach, on both the top and bottom rail. As a final "stress test" I grab onto the cabinet and hang from it. If it can support my 150 pounds then it can support a heckova lot of canned food. (I would not recommend heavier people test cabinets in this way. The screws may hold into the wall but the cabinet structure may collapse.)


Continue to Page 3 for the installation of a tall divider panel
and the final steps.


Photos of the final cabinet and counter installation:



Tools Used:

  • Cordless Drill/Driver
  • Drill Bits
  • 4' Level, 2' Level
  • Stud Finder
  • Hydraulic Jack


Materials Used:

  • Wall Cabinet
  • Cabinet Screws
  • Shims


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