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There are benefits to working with metal studs compared to the traditional wood stud. Metal studs are of a lighter weight, making transport easier for the DIY cabinet install.

Before you start, you need to know the weight of the cabinet. Standard-size cabinets use the same method of installation for metal or wood studs. Heavier kitchen cabinets attached to metal studs need additional fasteners. Although metal is insect-resistant, it is susceptible to moisture and rust. You need to install a moisture barrier when dealing with metal studs for a kitchen design.


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Tools needed include a measuring tape, metal snips, a level, toggle bolts, screws and a power drill. First precaution – you need to locate or install the stud. Never fasten kitchen cabinets directly to drywall. Second, not every screw is equal when it comes to dealing with metal studs for kitchen cabinets. Toggle bolts work best when securing cabinets to metal. Metal studs require more fasteners to hold each cabinet in place. You can cover the screw heads with cosmetic covers found at a home improvement center.


Upper Cabinet Installation

Kitchen design projects install upper cabinets first. Locate the steel stud with a magnetic stud finder and mark the cabinet to match the position of the stud. Measure the distance from the ceiling or the soffit for the top of cabinet. If you are using a crown molding, be sure to include it in the measurement. Now draw a line across the wall, designating the cabinet’s bottom position.

Pre-drill the cabinet to match the stud’s position. Hold the first cabinet in place and drill through the wall. This marks the anchor toggle bolt's position. When using steel studs, you want to install the screws in the center of the stud. Put the cabinet down and drill the hole through the drywall to the steel stud. Install the toggle. Next, hold the cabinet in place and drill the toggle screw into the toggle until it is flush with the cabinet.

Renovations may install additional metal studs or cross pieces between existing wooden studs. The cross pieces allow for more surface to insert bolts and screws. They also strengthen the attachment of the cabinet. 


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Follow the same steps used for the upper cabinets. Begin by removing all of the old flooring material underneath the cabinets. Measure the cabinet’s top position from the bottom of the floor. Draw a line across the wall marking the top position for all of the lower cabinets. In some cases, the floor may have high spots. When installing the lower cabinet, you can slide a shim or wedge under the cabinet to lift it to the wall markings. Once you have the cabinet securely in place, make sure the cabinet is level by placing the level on top of each side of the cabinet.



Metal studs offer budget savings compared to the cost of wood studs. Keep in mind, DIY cabinet install is a two-person project. Before starting the project, do an evaluation of the current situation. Come up with an install plan for the new cabinets.


Iris M. writes blog content for real estate; research, region and community information for the purpose of providing information to the reader, helping them with decisions when selecting a home. She writes content on a variety of subjects, pertaining to client specifics, industry related, research and informative studies, including "how to" for mass market and social media.