Preparing your kitchen for new cabinets is something that needs to be done in order to make installation easier. Whether you are getting replacement cabinets or building a whole new kitchen, here are some tips for getting your kitchen ready for cabinets.
The first thing you want to do is be prepared. If you are installing your own cabinets or getting someone else to do it, make sure you’ve got all the measurements ready and spaces set for your cabinets. You also need to know what you are getting into so have your installer go through what needs to be done beforehand as well.
Your cabinets will be a permanent fixture in your house. If floor coverings such as tile exist you can remove them since your cabinets won’t need flooring underneath them. If your floor doesn’t have any covering on it then you can feel free to leave that part of the subfloor uncovered.
Allow for any plumbing, wiring, and utility fixtures such as incoming water lines for your sink and dishwasher, a gas line for your oven or range, and outgoing water drains from your sink and garbage disposal unit. Usually that means cutting holes in and around the back, sides, or bottoms of cabinets. Your installer will need measurements of everything to an exact fit when he brings your cabinets.
Clean any walls and make sure your cabinets can be attached to any drywall studs. Windows should also be unimpeded so hopefully your design won’t completely shut out any windows when your cabinets are open.
Make sure for any tall cabinets that your light fixtures are out of the way of any cabinet doors that may open. Ceiling fans should be completely out of the way and at least a foot away from any open doors.
Clear out any unnecessary space to make room for the cabinets to be laid out. If any islands can be moved out of your kitchen, before installation is the time to do it.
Lay out the new cabinets so you can see how they should go in their respective spaces. Do a dry run with how exactly they will be put in before making anything permanent so you can do one final review of how your kitchen will look.
Get all of your tools ready and laid out in the order you’ll need them. Drywall screws, caulk, screw guns, nails, and hammers will all be needed.
Leave plenty of time to install your cabinets, at least an entire day. It may also be a good idea to prevent traffic from going through your kitchen for a day and eat out for a day instead of using your kitchen.
Lastly, you may want to turn off the utilities to your kitchen before installing just be sure nothing drastic happens. Turn off the gas, water, and electricity to your kitchen just in case because you never know if an accident may burst a pipe or shock yourself.