When you purchase an already made cabinet, or order one custom from us, you may wonder what the steps are in installing a dart board cabinet. This is not all inclusive, but it should help you decide which method is best.

  1. After pulling out your cabinet from the crate, gather up the following tools:
    1. Stud Finder
    2. Drill/driver
    3. Hardware/screws/toggle bolts/wall anchors (depending on what wall you’ll hang your cabinet)
  2. Fasten your wall cleat to the wall
  3. Hang cabinet

To hang my cabinet, I picked the approximate center of the room, and grabbed my stud-finder (if you have an older home that has plaster walls, this method will not really work well–I would use wall anchors that are referenced below. stud-finder

If you’ve never used a stud finder before, they typically mark the edge of the 2×4 stud behind the sheetrock. Make sure you know how to find the stud, and secure the cleat to the wall with the most precaution. with a $400+ investment into a cabinet that can weigh north of 60 lbs., it pays to take your time.

wall-cleat-roomwall-cleatmarking-cleat

It’s standard that the studs behind your sheetrock are 16″ center to center. So, in theory the cleat should overhang by 2″ on either side to give you some floating left and right adjustment after it’s hung. Based on where your studs are, make a mark on the cleat so you know where to pre-drill the holes.

pre-drill

I used 2 1/2″ regular woodscrews on this cleat. You need to figure in the 1/2″ thick drywall, 1/2″ cleat, and then have enough “grab” to hold the cleat securely into the stud.

At this point, only put in one screw, since you’ll need to level the cleat so the cabinet hangs level.

Grab your phone, or actual level, and place at the bottom of the wall cleat and adjust to level, then screw other side into adjoining stud.

iphone-level

Now, its so simple to hang your cabinet. We build all our cabinets with the opposite integrated cleat. The point is so they interlock.

If you can’t use screws into the studs on both ends, use heavy duty drywall anchors rated to hold 60 LBS or more. Ideally, use toggle bolts, since they really pull against the drywall.