Floating Kitchen Cabinet install
I am a fairly competent (albeit somewhat beginner) DIY-er and was looking for some advice. (Sorry about the lack of correct terminology!)
I recently bought a floating side cabinet for my kitchen, that I'm debating whether I can install it myself, or if I should have a pro do it.
I've installed Ikea wall cabinets (BESTA) using a steel rail and they seems fairly secure.
So this kitchen side cabinet is 29" wide by about 65" high. When I bought it, I was told there would be a rail to install it with, but it turns out, there are just two steel brackets (about 3 inches wide) screwed into the the middle of it, on the left & right sides of the back panel, and 2 accompanying steel brackets that get installed in the wall to drop them into.
Obviously, this means that only 1 of the brackets at most will hit a stud. Since I will likely put a fair amount of dishes and things into it, I'm concerned that this system wont' hold.
My thought was to basically put a horizontal pine board (as a sort of cleat) along the wall which would be drilled into 2 studs (at 0" & 16"), and a 3rd screw into a toggle bolt at around 28". The cabinet top (which extends about 2" past the back panel) could then sit on this as one support ... I would then screw the cabinet into the cleat at 3 points also (2nd form of support). I would also have the 2 existing brackets (1 in a stud and 1 in toggle bolt also) as a 3rd support.
And lastly, for extra (4th) support, I would put a vertical pine board down the middle, nailed into the stud a few times and attach the cabinet at a few points along this.
Do you think this system would work, is it overkill, or does it seem likely to fail?
The store suggested, after I called them and informed them of the 'missing' rail and the 29" brackets, that I cut out the drywall in the size of the cupboard, screw in a piece of plywood that large, and screw the cupboard onto that. I don't know if this would be to fire code since this is on the shared wall of a semi-detached.
I really appreciate any thoughts and tips!