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Old 10-09-2011, 11:39 PM   #1
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Hanging cabinets in a remodeled office closet. Each cabinet is 42lbs empty, and there are two.

Each 42lb cabinet will hang from two 22" wall mounted and angled furring strips 4.75" below the ceiling (allow for clearance to hang the cabinet from the matching angled furring strip).

Problem is I can only hit 2 of the 3 24in-on-center studs in the closet this way. No top rail, no cross pieces and the center stud will be covered by the cabinet walls, thus unusable.

Can I do this will toggle bolts? How much weight will generic toggle (the ones with the metal wings on a nut) bolts support? How many would I need to support 42lb cabinets, PLUS contents?

Or should I just tear up my freshly painted wall and put a strip of wood across all 3 studs flush with the drywall?


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Your property or leased/rented??? Are you allowed to do this?? I would not rely on toggle bolts in drywall. Horizontal furring strips screwed to the studs would be my suggestion.

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Open it up and install enough wood to fully support the cabinets.
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You are already using French cleats. I would rip a couple of furring strips that are the same depth as your drywall, and then cut out the drywall behind them. Screw those to the studs, and then your French cleats to those furring strips.
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They may only be 42lbs now but when you put them on the wall I am sure you will be putting things in them. I would not trust toggle bolts.
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Problem is I can only hit 2 of the 3 24in-on-center studs in the closet this way. No top rail, no cross pieces and the center stud will be covered by the cabinet walls, thus unusable.
Wood or metal studs? I'm hearing "office" and 24" OC, makes me wonder if this might be metal...

I don't know if that changes anything though?
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I would screw a sheet of 5/8" plywood over the drywall. Paint he plywood to match the walls and then hang the cabinets on the plywood.

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