Newbie needs help putting up bathroom cabinets

12 Sep 2011
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Hello everyone,

First post here and I am hoping some of you experts can help me.

I have 2 LILLÅNGEN cabinets from Ikea that need to go up in my bathroom, and their sizes are as follows:

40x21x64 (12.3kg) - IKEA Small Cabinet


60x21x64 (17.5kg) - IKEA Large Cabinet

I live in a new build (The property is approx 18 months old), and there's a lot of plasterboard.

The wall I want to hang these cabinets on is a dry wall attached to a frame, and I have been told that the drywall has been doubled up - because on the other side is the next property.

I have been let down by several people who have offered to put these up for me, and other people who I have called from the Yellow Pages and Thomson Local are charging a minimum of £65 per hour - which I think is absolutely outrageous.

So, seeing as I cannot get anyone to do it (unless I fork out money that will equate to more than the cost of the cabinets) I have decided to do it myself. The cabinets have been sitting in my hallway for almost a month and I just want the darn things up on the wall.

I have bought a Stanley IntelliSensor Pro Multi-depth Stud Finder, so I have an idea of where the studs are.

Once the screws/fixings are in, it will be just a case of hanging the cabinet on to the fixings in the wall.

My question is this, what type of screws do I use to fix these cabinets to the studs? and what size should they be?

Also, I believe that there may be an area where I will have to use those wall plugs that expand at the back, as there is no stud to attach the cabinet to. I have read that applying a joining screw to the two cabinets will also help them stay up. Can anyone recommend a joining/bridging screw please?

Thank you for reading my post, and I hope that one of you experts can help me with this. I am past frustrated being let down time and time and time again by people, so I just need to sort this out myself now.

Any help you can give me will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you :)
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If you have a void behind the plasterboard, buy Snap Toggles, they are an American fastener which is their market leader.
Isaac Lord in High Wycombe do or Toolmonkey in Leighton Buzzard
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Link doesn't work from my blackberry. Will try it on a computer in the morning.

As for the wood joists, am I supposed to drill a hole, insert a plastic plug, then use a long wood screw?
As for the wood joists, am I supposed to drill a hole, insert a plastic plug, then use a long wood screw?

Uhm, no, you just put a decent sized screw into the noggin or stud. Why would you use an expansion plug?
I have never had to attach anything to a joist before. That is why I am here asking.
I think Tinks meant to say "Thank you for giving me the knowledge I could not find myself, with the information you gave I am now able to use a search engine to source the materials I need myself."

What Tinks meant is that if someone is going to recommend something, then at least supply a bit more information than just a name of a US based product when I live in the UK.
I thought £65 per hour was overcharging, but now I understand everything.

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