There are many choices when it comes to new kitchen cabinets. If you want to save money and are just a little bit handy with tools you can have an entire kitchen’s worth of cabinets by installing pre-made cabinets that you assemble yourself and set in place. Here are some tips to guide you through the process of installing your new ready to assemble kitchen cabinets.
Planning ahead is the most important thing you can do when getting ready for new cabinets to install yourself. Make sure you have measured the spaces correctly and ordered the right cabinets from the manufacturer. Go by your local hardware store and see how the cabinets are set up and someone in the store can show you ahead of time how they fit together. If your hardware store has good sales clerks, they will have a demo model to show you how to put it together.
Proper tools are essential for putting together your cabinets. You will certainly need a Phillips head screwdriver, a rubber mallet, and depending on the manufacturer some type of glue or hot glue gun. Again, your local retailer or the manufacturer will tell you specifically what tools you’ll need. I also suggest some kind of saw for cutting away pieces to make a space for outlets and plumbing. If you have cabinets that go above your head you will need a step ladder as well. A level will also be handy for above your head cabinets.
Clear out the areas where you will be working to ensure you have plenty of space to maneuver your cabinets into place once they are assembled. You will need extra room for assembly and putting all of your cabinet pieces out. Consider making a space off to the side that is an assembly area adjacent to your cabinet spaces or kitchen.
Map out which cabinet you will install first and then the second, third, and so on and so forth. Organize your cabinets accordingly before you start assembly so you save time later and you’re not hunting down a cabinet.
Only unwrap and put together one cabinet at a time. This will alleviate any confusion about mixed up parts and pieces that you have spread out before you.
Assemble the cabinets according to the instructions. If your cabinet doesn’t look right, double check the instructions to make sure you have the right parts in front of you and that you have assembled them properly.
Start with a corner piece and work along the shortest wall out from there first and completely finish the shortest wall. By short I mean shortest length. Then go to the next adjacent wall out from the same corner.
Place cabinets on the floor first and then go to the one above it. It may not be wise to put bottom ones along the wall and then go back because it will be harder to put a ladder next to the wall for attaching upper cabinets. If you have room for a ladder you will be reaching with your arms less as well.
Get an extra hand to help you hang the upper cabinets. Get someone to help keep them steady for you while you fasten them to the wall. Find all of the studs in your kitchen to fasten your cabinets to the wall.
As you fasten your cabinets to the wall, install one screw along the upper part a few inches under the top of your cabinet until the screw is about a turn away from being tight. Make sure your cabinet is level and plumb and then make the screw permanent in the stud within your wall. Screw along that same stud at the bottom and then put screws in between about twelve inches apart. Do the same for the other studs within that cabinet.
Some argue that ready to assemble cabinets are less sturdy than custom made. That may be true in some cases, but if you want an easy project to do and save money you can put together your own cabinets and still have a very nice kitchen.