Installing Kitchen Cabinets

Installing kitchen cabinets can be a relatively challenging DIY project. Find the info you need to make the process a little easier.

Installing Kitchen Cabinets

If you're embarking on a kitchen redesign, or contemplating a brand-new kitchen (and you consider yourself quite handy—AND you've got at least one full time assistant lined up for the project), then you may want to consider installing kitchen cabinets as a do-it-yourself project. You'll save a tremendous amount of money—potentially tens of thousands of dollars. But be warned: this project is neither for the faint of heart, nor, more importantly, those inexperienced with construction and carpentry.

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Assuming you've passed the gut check, you'll first need to carefully remove any existing cabinets without damaging the walls. You may want to use the old cabinets for framing, as well, tracing their outline or measuring them to create a template.

If there are no existing cabinets, you'll need to finish the rough wiring and plumbing in the kitchen before installing new cabinets. Another good idea is to make sure you wait to install finished flooring until after the cabinets are up. This way it won't be damaged during the installation.

Start your installation with one wall cabinet, minus any doors or hardware. Once this cabinet is installed and you've confirmed that it's completely flush and level, you can use it as a guide for the rest of the wall cabinets, then follow suit with the floor cabinets (this way they won't obstruct your work while you install the wall cabinets).

Cabinets are heavy by themselves, but imagine them filled with every conceivable piece of china and glassware. For this reason, be especially careful to ensure that your upper cabinets are firmly secured to a sturdy wall stud, and use appropriate screws, which should fasten the cabinet to the wall stud through a support rail that runs through the back of the cabinet.

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