Stabilize a cabinet rear wall

On most cabinets, the back of the cabinet is the weakest component. After some time, she often starts to groan and become bellied. If she is open in the room, she is shock sensitive. If it is pushed against the back wall more often when putting or hanging clothes or objects, it may also peel off.

Support function for lateral movements

Even if the cabinet back wall is apparently first noticed as a dust cover for the cabinet contents, it has another important function. It supports the entire cabinet against tipping sideways in the shape of a rhombus. Since most manufacturers of standard furniture use only simple and thin material, the back wall is quickly overwhelmed with its supporting effect.

If the cabinet is normally placed against a wall with the back, stabilization is easily possible. Since the lateral tilting forces are crucial, connecting the corners can help.

1. Turn the cabinet over to get to the back wall
2. Cut four flat wooden strips (thickness up to five millimeters) to twenty to thirty centimeters
3. Cut the ends of the wooden strips counterclockwise at a 45 degree angle
4. As an alternative, metal bands with angled ends or metal angles at right angles are also suitable
5. Place a strip diagonally at each corner and screw or nail down
6. Do not glue the diagonal supports, otherwise the cabinet can not be knocked off without damage

Replace, renew or bolt from the inside

If the cabinet rear panel is used as a room divider, the reinforcement is combined with the style. Several ways are possible:

  • Mount a new, more stable cabinet back wall on the old rear wall
  • Remove the old cabinet rear panel and insert a more stable new one
  • Fix the cabinet corners with metal angles inside the cabinet

Although a support cross made of metal or transverse strips can reduce the lateral tendency to tip over, they stabilize the rear wall only slightly. In addition, you interfere with the design. In some cases they can be mounted inside the cabinet. For this, however, the shelves must have appropriate distance to the rear wall.

Tips & Tricks

If your cabinet back wall makes a good impression, but the cabinet nevertheless still wobble, you can try first, nailing in shelves, screwing or fix the back wall with additional screws or nails.

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