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Hang the wall cabinets
AKURUM wall cabinets are mounted using a sturdy
steel suspension rail. This ensures a strong installation,
and makes it easier to hang and level the cabinets. In
most kitchens, it’s easiest to install the wall cabinets
first. This way there won’t be any base cabinets to work
around and you can more easily use a stepladder. If you
don’t have wall cabinets to install, go straight to Step 4.
If you haven’t already done so in Step 1, measure and
draw the position of the cabinets on the wall to be sure
everything will fit. It’s also important to mark any
uneven spots on the wall and smooth them out with
putty or shims.
Hang this poster on the wall
so you’ll have your hands free!
Important before you begin installing
Begin installing the wall cabinets
1. Fill in irregularities
Start by checking the walls visually
and running a 4 foot level along the
surface. Mark any uneven spots such as
bows and high spots. If major problems
need to be fixed, it’s best to hire a
professional. It may also be necessary
to use shims when mounting wall
cabinets. Shims are often used to fill
in gaps and correct the angle: Use a
piece of wood, fibre-board or plywood
depending on the size of the gap.
2. Check the floor for uneven spots
Find out if the floor is uneven. This is
important to consider if you want to
be sure there will be room for legs or
toekicks under all cabinets. Use a spirit
level to check the areas where you’ll be
installing base or high cabinets. Find
the floor’s highest and lowest points
and use a pen to mark them on the
3. Right-angled corners
Fit a combination square or right
angled wood panel into each corner,
and see if there are any gaps between
it and the wall. If the gap is more
than 1/4”, call your IKEA expert for
assistance. In a “U” shaped kitchen,
measure between opposite walls at
a number of spots to see if they are
Good to know: If you will be
installing a high cabinet, don’t make
final adjustments or fully tighten
the screws until after the cabinet
is installed. It’s easier to see if
everything is level and fits correctly
when the cabinet is standing.
Good to know: Before installing the
fan cabinet saw a hole for the fan and
fan duct. Instructions are enclosed
with the fan. If you’re installing a fan
over a gas hob, you must follow spe-
cial regulations. These may be differ
from country to country. Before you
start, find out what regulations apply
in your country.v
4. Mark the level lines for the wall
cabinets and suspension rail
Using the high point on the floor
that you marked in Step 1, measure
up the wall 83-7/8” for the top of 30
wall cabinets or 92-5/8” for 39” wall
cabinets. Next, locate the bottom of the
suspension rail by measuring down
2-1/2” from the first mark. Using your
4 foot level, draw level lines at both
points on the wall.
5. Finding the studs in drywall
At the marked suspension rail line, tap
the wall from the corner out (or use a
stud-finder) to check for the first stud.
Mark its position. While subsequent
studs are usually at 16” intervals, they
may be at 12” or 24” intervals in some
kitchens. Mark the location of each
stud along the line. This will show you
where to attach the suspension rail to
the wall.
6. Cut the suspension rail
Measure the length of the wall cabinets
to be installed along one wall. Include
the length of wall behind a high cabi-
net only if the high cabinet is 12” deep.
Subtract 1/4” from the overall measure-
ment. (This will leave 1/8” of space at
either end of the rail.) Use your hack
saw to cut the suspension rail to this
7. Insert suspension rail hardware
Slide the suspension rail hardware into
the suspension rail before putting it up.
You’ll need two pieces per wall cabinet.
(Be sure to position one piece on each
side of the corner cabinet if your plan
calls for one.) You may find it helpful to
tape the hardware into place until the
rail goes up.
8. Secure the suspension rail
Secure the suspension rail to the studs,
aligning the bottom edge of the rail
with the level line marked on the wall.
If you found a bow in the wall of more
than 1/4” in Step 1, shim the suspen-
sion rail until it is straight. Should
the end of the rail fall between studs,
secure it to the wall with a heavy duty
9. Hang the corner cabinet
Starting with the corner cabinet, align
one piece of the suspension rail hard-
ware with the predrilled hole at the top
of the cabinet. Position the second hole
and its hardware. Note: If you don’t
have a corner cabinet, install a cabinet
that fits against both the back and side
walls, allowing the filler space shown
on your plan.
10. Level and secure the cabinet
Fit the small metal plate over the bolt,
thread the nut loosely in place. Level
the cabinet, using shims at the bottom
edge if necessary. With your wrench,
loosely secure the cabinet hardware. Do
not tighten; this will allow you to make
adjustments once all of the cabinets are
11. Hang the remaining wall cabinets
Hang the rest of the cabinets in the
same way, aligning each with the
previous one. Use your C-clamps to
temporarily hold adjacent cabinets into
position. To avoid marring the surface
of your cabinets, use a small scrap
of wood between the clamp and the
12. Drill through cabinet walls
You’ll find predrilled holes on the
inside of each cabinet. For all doors
except ULRIKSDAL use a 3/16" drill bit
to drill through the fourth holes from
the top and bottom edges. (The second
and third holes are for the door hing-
es.) For ULRIKSDAL door, drill through
the second holes from the top and bot-
tom edges. (The hinges for ULRIKSDAL
fit into the third and fourth holes from
the top/bottom.)
13. Fasten cabinets together
Place the connection screws enclosed
with the cabinet frames into the holes
and tighten. Remove the C-clamps.
Continue fastening the remaining cabi-
nets together in the same way.
14. Tighten the mounting screws
When all wall cabinets have been
mounted, aligned and connected, and
final adjustments have been made,
tighten all of the mounting hardware.
Slide the plastic covers in place over
the metal corner bracket.
You’ve completed Step 3!
And the wall cabinets are in place.