A Guide to Installing Kitchen Cabinets

By Martin Hart on Thu 05 March 2020

Kitchen cabinets should be installed after the plumbing and rough wiring is done, but before the flooring has been installed. This prevents flooring from being unnecessarily used or damaged in the process of kitchen cabinet installation.

When replacing old cabinets in a kitchen, these should be carefully removed to prevent wall damage. They are also useful for measuring, and they should be removed by taking out the drawers, doors, and removable shelves.

How to Install Wall Cabinets

The correct screws are needed to install wall cabinets, as the cabinets weight and dinnerware needs to be taken into account. Wall cabinets should be installed to the wall stud framing and behind the surface material of the wall. You might require separate finish washers for some screws, but don’t use drywall screws as these aren’t strong enough. The screws need to go through the cabinets, and at least three screws should be used to penetrate the framing of the wall by at least an inch and a half.

1. With a level and a pencil, measure a parallel line three inches up from the floor. From this line, measure down to the floor to find the highpoint and mark the wall there. From that point, measure up approximately 34 and a half inches, and draw a line level across the wall for the top of the base cabinets.

2. From the 34 and a half-inch line, make sure that you measure up 19 and a half inches before you mark a level line on the wall. This will be where the bottom of the wall cabinets will be. Mark the dimensions and the placement of the cabinets lightly, to ensure you have the right placement and layout.

3. With a stud finder, find the wall studs and mark their locations with a pencil both six inches above and below the line for the bottom of the wall cabinets. To know the centre of the studs, draw a line vertically between the top and the bottom marks.

4. A temporary one-by-three support rail should be screwed into the wall, ensuring that the top edge of the rail is aligned with the bottom edge of the wall cabinets.

5. Install any corner wall cabinets first before installing the rest of the cabinets. Secure them to each other with a clamp and, on the face frame, drill two 1/8 inch-pilot holes to screw the cabinets together.


How to Install Base Cabinets

The base cabinets should be installed next:

1. Levelling the corner cabinet, make sure that the upper edge aligns with the line previously drawn on the wall.

2. Install the adjacent cabinets and clamp the face frames together, following a similar process as with the wall cabinets.

3. Drive both screws and shims through the back of the cabinet to ensure they are sturdy.

Here at Hart Wholesale, we provide high-quality fittings to guarantee that you can provide a high-quality service to your clients. Get in touch with us by giving us a call on 01702 614044 and we’ll be more than happy to help.


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