Adding cabinetry to a laundry room is both beneficial for resale and if you’re the homeowner. Cabinets hide any unsightly necessities like laundry detergent and also keep your laundry room organized. Adding cabinets above your washer and dryer is a simple DIY project that can be done in a matter of hours. So let’s get started!
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Using a stud finder, look for the studs in your wall so you can safely fasten the cabinets to the wall. If you don’t want to mark the wall itself, you can always use painters tape and put a mark there.
You will need make sure the spot where you drill the cabinets into the wall lines up with the studs, so it would be beneficial to have an idea of exactly where both cabinets are going before you start to drill. If needed, make a general outline of where you plan to place the cabinets to ensure the holes line up with the studs.
A ledger is a long board that will help support your cabinets as you work. If you’re installing them alone this will be particularly helpful. Any board can be used as long as it is long enough to span your cabinets length. The average height for cabinets is 54 inches so hang the board at the 54 inch mark where the studs are. A 2″ x 4″ board should work fine. Keep in mind this board will be removed once your cabinets are in place, so it doesn’t matter what the board looks like.
Tip: While the average height is 54 inches, ensure there is enough room to open your washer lid. Move cabinets to account for any extra space needed for the washer.
If you haven’t already, remove the doors for easier hanging. Remember to save all of the screws and hardware in labeled bags or containers, so they don’t get lost before you need them again!
There might be pre-drilled holes, but if there are not, prepare your cabinet by drilling 3 holes in the back: in the top, middle, and bottom rails.
Put the cabinet in place with your pre-drilled holes lined up with the studs you previously marked. Use your ledger for support. Check that your cabinet is level before drilling. Drill wood screws into your bottom holes and work your way up. Add a shim behind the cabinet if needed.
Check again if the cabinets are level and add shims in the back of the cabinet if needed.
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