How secure are metal studs? Can cabinets be hung from them? We are finishing our basement and want to put in cabinets at the bar.
I believe metal studs are the future though I did not use them as I'm comfortable with wood. Certainly they provide more fire safety and if your building code permits romax wire, they have openings to thread your wiring internally.
For your cabinets, I don't know about their bearing weight, but you could use a section of wood 2x4's there. I suggest installing a horizontal mounting strip too for ease in anchoring those cabinets to the wall.
"Certainly they provide more fire safety and if your building code permits romax wire, they have openings to thread your wiring internally."
Do not bet on the fore safety. While steel studs wil lnot add fuel, steel has a nasty hait of loosing all strength when heated. Wood only looses strength as it is burned away.
While there are holes on the studs for wiring, every hole must have a grommet installed if you use NM cable. AC and MC are used in most of the commercial work around me and require no protection from steel studs.
I have a set of punches for steel studs since the holes are not always in the desired location. That and the tools to build with them are a lot more expensive than a circular saw and a hammer.