I have the Ikea 12" kitchen cabinet. It is standalone (between sink that's separately attached and stove). It is a pullout, so I need to attach it to wall.

I cannot find the studs in that wall at all. I have the Franklin sensor that just shows that theres something there for 80% of the space behind the cabinet, and it varies as i move it up and down.

When I use a strong magnet (type that can hold a hammer) - it stick to a small horizontal part above the cabinet but does not feel anything below it (so not a stud).

2 part question:

1 - how can I find a stud (I dragged the franklin sensor and magnet across that whole wall and not getting anything reliable)

2 - potentially it is a concrete wall or somehow solid? (it's between my apartment and neighbors). The building was build in 1930s, can I use on of the screw in anchors regardless of whether its a stud or not? and would it be safe to use? I don't foresee us putting anything extremely heavy into the kitchen cabinet, but I expect there will be pots and dishes.

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Most likely it's a lathe and plaster wall, which can give stud finders fits. Since it's behind a cabinet anyway try measuring from a known stud and drilling a test hole with a small bit. You know there will be studs at windows and alongside electrical boxes. (Though you may need to remove the over plate and peek to find the correct side.)

  • when i say 'behind a cabinet' i meant behind the cabinet that i want to attach, i'll have to do test holes as you said, there's an electrical box on the other end of the wall, and i think the studs are 16" apart in the house, so ill try that out first.
    – StanM
    Commented Mar 1, 2018 at 11:18
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    If you can't find a stud, being a 12" cabinet, then yes, you can use an anchor system. But rather that the little plastic ones, try a metal one, one that will support more weight than you think you might have. Or a hurricane/earthquake strap. If you are just holding it to the wall to keep from moving, you won't have a lot of weight to it in that regards, and you could probably use 2 of the plastic anchors, one top and one lower down.
    – Jeff Cates
    Commented Mar 1, 2018 at 14:16

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