How to Install Cabinets Over a Washer & Dryer


Cabinetry in your laundry room is a must. You need a place to keep your detergents, cleaning supplies, and anything else which you keep hidden away in your laundry room. Without cabinetry, a laundry room will quickly become a disaster. Also, when you have cabinets in your laundry room, you will no longer have an anxiety attack if someone happens to see it when you leave the door open. Hanging cabinets above a washer and dryer is a simple task.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 inch screws
  • 1 inch screws
  • Drill with screwdriver attachment
  • Stud finder
  • 4 foot level
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • 1x3 lumber
  • Shop for an purchase the cabinets which you desire to hang above the washer and dryer.

  • On the back of the cabinets, locate the backing pieces at the top and bottom of the cabinet, and measure their height.

  • Use the stud finder to locate the wall studs and mark them with a pencil. Measure from the wall to each mark and write these measurements down.

  • Determine how high you would like your cabinets to be on the wall. Measure that distance up from the floor and mark it with a pencil. Use your 4 foot level to make a level line at that height.

  • Using the screwdriver attachment on your drill, screw a piece of 1x3 lumber, which is the length of the width of your cabinetry when it is fully in line, to the wall, lining the top of the board up to the line. Make sure you are screwing into the studs.

  • Using the measurements you wrote down of the stud locations, make marks on the inside back of your cabinet for those locations. Ensure that those marks are within the measurement of your backing piece.

  • Lift your first cabinet and set the bottom back edge onto the board you screwed onto the wall. Push the top of the cabinet so that the back of the cabinet is sitting flush against the wall. Using the screwdriver attachment on your drill, place screws on the top edge and bottom edge of the inside back of your cabinet on the marks you made for stud locations, and tighten.

  • Repeat step seven for additional cabinet units.

  • Using 1 1/4 inch screws, screw the joining sides of the cabinets together with the screwdriver attachment on your drill.

Tips & Warnings

  • It is helpful to have an extra person with you to help in lifting the cabinetry.
  • Make sure to lift carefully and to not have obstacles in your way, or you could get seriously injured.

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