Hanging kitchen cabinet has the advantage that it does not occupy any floor space. When you hang new cabinets it will not only provide you with some additional storage space, but also transform the look and feel of your kitchen.
Preparing the Wall
Start by measuring the height of the base cabinets. Leave about 54 inches from the ground and make markings on the wall. Draw a horizontal line connecting the marking on the wall. Ensure you use a level to check the line is perfectly parallel to the ground. Remember to leave at least 18-inches backsplash to make room for small appliances.
Once your kitchen wall is marked, locate the wall studs using a stud finder. The studs are important to support the weight of the cabinets. Take into consideration the position of plumbing and wiring to avoid leaks or electrical short circuits and shocks.
Secure Ledger Boards
Secure support boards to the wall by screwing it into the marked studs. The ledger board will temporarily support the cabinets during installation. Take out the cabinet doors, drawers and hardware from the main frame. Doing this will ensure the frame is not only lighter but the installing will be easier.
Assemble and Hang the Cabinet
Attach the cabinet on the ledger board, and use clamps to fix the vertical pieces of the cabinet together. Drill and secure two cabinets together and check for leveling. Secure the cabinets into the wall at the studs. Repeat the process till all the cabinets are fixed.
Before you secure the last cabinet, ensure you measure, mark and cut and secure the filler bar to the side of the cabinet. Once they are in place, attach the doors, drawers and hardware. Remove the ledger board once the installation is completed.
In many cabinets, brackets are given by the manufacturer. You have to fit the brackets to the wall first using the wall studs and then the cabinets are hung onto the brackets.