Installing new kitchen cabinets can be an intimidating job, but it doesn’t have to be. Installing wall cabinets for your kitchen is a job you can achieve without hiring the expensive contractor. I have worked with installing cabinets and building houses for years and to be honest if I can do it anyone can. In this article I will walk you through the basic steps to install your wall cabinets.
First you will need to measure your existing cabinets to make sure you get the right size for your available space.
Take your measurements with you when purchasing your new cabinets to assure you get the right size, your sales person can direct you to the right size cabinets. Ask your sales person for some pointers on installation of these cabinets, it’s always better to get more than one opinion because everyone has their own tips and tricks for the job.
Now that you have your new kitchen wall cabinets home you will need to recruit someone to help you. Trust me it is easier to have someone help hold the cabinets up doing this will save on your back pain.
With your friends help remove the old cabinets. Make sure your friend has a good hold of the cabinets before unscrewing them from the wall. You don’t want to have your old cabinet’s fall this will cause damage to your walls.
With your pencil and level draw a line down your stud about 6 inches below where your cabinets will sit. This ensures that you hit the studs and don’t put unnecessary holes in your wall.
Next you will screw in your temporary support rail along your wall where the new cabinets will sit, doing this will help hold them in place while you fasten them to the wall.
If using a corner cabinet you will need to install that first. If there is no corner cabinet start with the cabinet that butts up to the side wall first.
With your friends help hold the cabinet in place. Use your level to make sure your cabinets are straight; this will make sure your dishes don’t slide off after they are in place. If they are not level use shims to the back making them level.
Now you are ready to fasten them to the wall. Using your line you drew from the studs screw the cabinet into place. My suggestion is don’t go cheap on the screws remember these are what holds it up so put enough screws in to hold it in place.
If adding additional cabinets follow all these steps to get it in place. After securing your cabinet to the wall you must make sure it is flush with your existing cabinet. If one of the cabinets is in farther loosen the screws a little. After you get them flush you will need to screw them together.