Tips for properly installing cabinetry. Here are some practical tips from the pros on installing kitchen wall cabinets. Good cabinet installation begins with a well-planned design. You need to draw a level line from the top of the floor to the top of the base cabinets. This line should be 19-1/2 inches from the first one.
Mark the Wall
Good cabinet installation begins with a well-planned design. You need to draw a level line from the top of the floor to the top of the base cabinets. This line should be 19-1/2 inches from the first one, where the top cabinets’ bottoms should be drawn. Mark the locations of the kitchen wall cabinets and wall-mounted appliances with a marker or permanent marker. Line aligns the first cabinet’s edge by drawing a vertical line. Lastly, record the stud positions as you begin a kitchen cabinet installation job
Place the First Cabinet
Shim the bottom of the first cabinet until it is level from front to back and at a 1/4-inch distance away from the placement line. Drive 2-1/2-inch screws into the wall studs from the back to secure it to the wall.
Remove the doors and drawers of Kitchen Wall Cabinets
We’ve all seen paint jobs when the hinges and hardware are painted, and the drawer interiors are splattered with paint. It’s tempting to begin your how-to paint kitchen cabinets project with the doors still in place, but removing them and all the hardware will result in a neater and more professional-looking work.
Shim Large Bows
If your wall has a significant bow (more than 3/8 in. ), you should shim it out before hanging the cabinet. Doing so could result in an inadvertent cabinet back-pull when you’re trying to attach it into place. As you move the shim up from the bottom, use a level to make sure it’s snug. Pin or tape it in place after that.
Start With the Upper Cabinets
It’s easier to hang the top cabinets when you’re not dangling over the base cabinets.
Clamp, Drill, and Fasten
Face frames should be aligned before clamping two Kitchen Wall Cabinets together. One or both of the cabinets may need to be loosened to align the frames precisely. Clamps with hand-screws don’t flex, and a tighter grip implies less flex. Before screwing them together, drill a 1/8-inch hole using a 2-1/2-inch drill bit.
Use a Block of Wood as a Scribing Instrument
Use High-Quality Screws for Cabinet Mounting
Many top cabinet builders prefer GRK’s R4 self-countersinking screw.
Shim After Fastening the Back
The base cabinets should be aligned with the wall’s level line. The rear of the cabinets should also be fastened to that line. Shims can level the cabinets’ sides once the backs have been leveled.
Measure the Gap
Find the distance between your wall and the end cabinets at the very top and the very bottom. The reverse of a filler strip should be marked with a 1/16-inch cutting line.
Cut the Filler Strip
Set up a clamp on the “keeper” piece and cut a 10-degree angle into the filler strip from behind.
Fit and Install the Filler
Plane the beveled edge of the filler strip until it fits precisely. To secure the strip, pre-drill and screw it into position.
Install New Flooring by Raising Cabinets
To accommodate the dishwasher under the counter, you’ll need to lift the cabinets off the floor if the kitchen flooring is hardwood or tile.
Large Holes Should Be Made
More room for adjustment is provided by larger holes, which are simpler to slip into place.
Guide Yourself by Using the Door rail
We don’t have any hard and quick rules for the placement of knobs and pulls, but there are several common practices. A decent rule of thumb is to place a knob such that the top of the bottom door rail is aligned with the knob’s center. The bottom of the door pull should be aligned with the top of the door rail when installing door pulls.
Temporarily Attach the Hardware
Put a piece of reusable putty on the Kitchen Wall Cabinets and experiment with several locations until you find the perfect one.