How to Secure a Filing Cabinet to a Wall

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What You'll Need
Electric drill
Metal drilling bits
Standard drill bits
Stud finder
Countersinks (optional)
Wood screws (larger diameter as the drill bit used)
Measuring tape

A filing cabinet is a great way to store many important items and documents. A filing cabinet can come in many sizes, from a simple two drawer unit to five drawers or more. A filing cabinet is also great for storing valuables, but sometimes the items can weigh a lot. When there is too much weight inside a drawer of the filing cabinet, the entire unit could tip forward and potentially hurt you or someone else. Bolting a filing cabinet directly to a wall is not only a safety feature, but also a security one, as it would be difficult to remove the filing cabinet. The following article will show you how to secure a filing cabinet to a wall.

Step 1 - Choose the Right Location

If you're not careful where you bolt a filing cabinet you can run the risk of the filing cabinet pulling away from the wall and causing serious damage. Positioning the filing cabinet is very important to prevent this from happening. Use the stud finder and locate the studs in the wall where you want the filing cabinet to be located. Make a mark at the center of the stud.

Step 2 - Guide Holes

Trying to attach metal to wood can prove to be difficult, making creating guide holes important. Make sure the filing cabinet is empty and that you remove the drawers. Turn the back so that it faces you. Use the measuring tape and find the center of the filing cabinet. On the back of the filing cabinet make a mark in the dead center of each drawer section. Use the electric drill and a drill bit meant for drilling through metal and drill the marked holes through the back of the filing cabinet. Push the filing cabinet against the wall and line it up to the center of the stud. Drill a pilot hole from the inside of the filing cabinet through the wall.

Step 3 - Fastening the Filing Cabinet to the Wall

Now that all of the holes are drilled it is going to be very easy to fasten the filing cabinet in place. Remove the filing cabinet away from the wall. The countersinks are used when you are fastening the filing cabinet to a wall made of sheetrock or other material that easily breaks or cracks.

Install the countersinks as needed through each hole you made. Place the filing cabinet against the wall and line it up with the countersinks you installed (or with the pilot holes you drilled). On the inside of the filing cabinet start with the center drawer and place a screw at the hole, making sure it is lined up with the countersink or pilot hole. Use the electric screwdriver to place each screw into the stud in the wall.