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How to Install Kitchen Cabinets

Mayuri Kulkarni Jun 16, 2019
Installing kitchen cabinets is an easy task, and does not need professional help. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to install them.
Before installing kitchen cabinets, you need to arrange for the equipment required, which is specified in the following list.
  • Cabinets
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • 4 feet spirit level
  • Handsaw
  • Screwdrivers
  • Drilling machine

Procedure for Installing the Cabinets

Step #1

If you are replacing old cabinets, make sure you have dismantled them properly without causing any damage to the walls. It is recommended that you paint the walls with a color that will suit your new cabinet.

Step #2

Cross check if the floor on which you will be working is uniform. Use a 4 feet spirit level for the same. The point where the bubble moves from one side of the tube to the other is the highest point. Alternatively, mark a line 3 inches above ground level.
Measure the distance between the line and the ground from different points on this line. The point with the highest measurement should be the highest point.

Step #3

Take accurate measurements. Sketch out the proper layout on the wall where the cupboards are to be installed. Mark the height of the cabinets from the highest point with a pencil. 18 inches above this line, mark the layout for the wall cabinets. Check for the spaces where appliances like dish washers, the sink, and kitchen counter-tops are to be installed.

Step #4

Once you are done marking the layout, start with installing the wall studs using a hammer and some nails. These wall studs should align properly with the layout. Mark the positions on the back of the cabinets.

Step #5

Now install the wall cabinets, starting with the corner one. Drill the holes such that they pass the wall studs. Now fix the nails properly in these holes so that they hold the cabinet in place.

Step #6

After installing the wall cabinets, start with the lower ones. As mentioned earlier, there should be a minimum gap of 18 inches between the upper and lower cabinets. Align the lower cabinets perfectly to the wall studs and then install them in the corner.
If you want to attach two cabinets, then drill holes and attach them. Use shims for leveling if the cabinets are not on a uniform level.

Step #7

While installing cabinets near the sink, make sure you leave space for plumbing. If there are gaps between the lower cabinets, you need not worry, as these gaps will be covered when you install kitchen counter-tops.
Thus, this installation process is very easy and you can do it on your own, without professional help. It will not take more than one or two days.