Use a samoosa !
The most simple approach to securing your Smartfurn cupboard to the wall is to use a Samoosa, this is a basic fixer plate and gets its name from their overall size and shape. Fixer plates are mental triangular plates that have 4 strategically placed holes see picture below.They are inexpensive and can be bought from most DIY shops. You will need a minimum of 2 Fixer Plates per cupboard for each top corner. If you are looking for an even stronger setup and don’t think that is sufficient, you can use 4 one on each corner of the cupboard (2 x top 2 x bottom).
Before starting I recommend that:
- You fully assemble the cupboard
- Remove the the cupboard doors to make handling easier, this is done by simply pressing the button behind the door hinge to release them.
- Get your tools and hardware together
- Drill - for holes in backing board and holes in the wall
- Screwdriver - for screwing Samoosa to the cupboard
- Hammer - for driving in the plug screws
- Pencil - to measure and mark placement of wall holes
- 2 Samoosas per cupboard
- 6 wood (chip) screws - to attach the samoosas to the cupboard
- 2 wall plugs - to run through samoosas and into wall
- plug screws - to be inserted and hammered into the wall plugs
Directions for securing the cupboard
Attach the fixer plates (Samoosa's)
- Align the plates edges to the corner of the cupboard (as in the photo)
- Remove any of the plastic backing clips if they are in the way of the plate
- Take 3 chip screws
- Screw the screws through the plate, backing board into into the cupboard side
Make a pilot hole
Once the plate is secured to the cupboard carefully drill a hole through the remaining hole in the middle of the plate that goes through the backing board. I suggest that you use a wood bit to do this, once the point of the bit goes partially through the backing stop drilling and complete the hole by drilling from the inside of the cupboard to ensure you don’t breakout the face of the backing.
Place against the wall
After all plates have been secured and the single hole through the backing has been made you can place the cupboard in position against the wall.
Mark and drill wall hole
Whilst you have the cupboard positioned against the wall mark the position of the hole you will need to drill in the wall. You can push a pen or pencil through hole in the backing board, and mark the wall behind, making sure that it is at the centre of the backing board hole.
Move the cupboard away from the wall and then drill the hole in the wall at the place you marked. Ensure that you drill to a depth that can accommodate the wall plug, however do not insert the wall plug at this point !
Should you be attaching the cupboard to a drywall please make sure that you use the appropriate drywall plugs.
Fix in place
Once you have moved the cupboard back to its original position, ensure that the holes in the wall and cupboard are now lined up.
Insert the wall plug through the back of the cupboard and into the wall, you may need to tap with a hammer to secure
Hammer in the plug screw to secure
Do you have skirting…looking for a flush fit ?
If you have a skiring and want to have your cupboards fit flush against the wall there are two options providing that your skirting is less than 100mm high.
Option 1 - Removing the skirting
1/ Mark with a pencil lines either side of the cupboard on the skirting
The skirting will need to be removed.
Cut out the section where the cupboard needs to go
Replace the remainder of the skirting.
2/ Cut out a small section from the back of each side of the cupboard
This is messy and best done with a jigsaw but .
Remove the doors and lie the cupboard face down.
Mark out in pencil the area that needs removing and cut.
Standard skirting is 70mm high and 18-20mm thick A 75 x 20mm cut out would be recommended for this sized skirting.
Once the cupboard is flush against the wall drill through the 4 corner holes in the backing using a Masonry bit size 6 should be sufficient.
You need to get size 6 Knock- in Hilti screws. They are screws that come with they own raw plug these are secured using a hammer and are knocked in easily.
Depending on how hard your walls are and how accurately they 4 holes have been drilled you may find that the doors have moved out of alignment as the carcass has twisted slightly. The doors can be re-aligned by adjusting the hinge settings.
Option 2 - Plinth / Rail Option
A plinth or rail can be secured on the inside of the cupboard.
Plinth / rail should be as wide as the internal hanging section of the cupboard.
The plinth / rail is placed against the backing at the top of the inside of the cupboard.
This plinth / rail is secured from above by coming through the top of the cupboard and from the side by drilling through the partition
It is best to initially drill pilot holes using a 4mm wood bit through the top and partition whilst the plinth is in position, rather than just screwing the chip screws straight through the partition and top of the cupboard. This will ensure your screws go in straight and that the melamine doesn't split of break out.
Once the rail is secured to the cupboard drill two or three holes through the plinth / rail and the backing.
Place the cupboard flush against the wall and follow the instructions as described in option 1