Ready to assemble kitchen cabinets are a great way to save money but, installing them is not always the easiest of things to do. Many reasons for this fact include 1. Ready to assemble kitchen cabinets are usually fairly universal in size and dimensions. This reason it makes them hard to fit in every kitchen. 2. You may not be able to fit there dimensions into you space.
All of these set backs can easily be over came with the addition of planning and foresight. I have ten great tips that help you with you installation.
Tips Number one:
Know your dimensions.
Where ever you get your cabinets from make sure they can provide you with detailed blue prints before the date of delivery. This can save you a lot of time and effort. You can also lay out the locations in advance and help yourself in the decision of which kitchen cabinets to buy.
Tips Number Two:
Start by drawing a level line three inches up from the floor. Then using a tape measure determine the highs and lows in the floor. This will assist you in the installation. Now from the highest point measure upward the distance will be the height of your cabinets. Please refer to your blueprints for this measurement.
From here measure up about nineteen inches and mark a level line. This should be the bottom of your hanging wall cabinets.
Tip Number Three.
Use your blue prints and mark the location of your cabinets. This will help you plan around anything that might get into the way like light fixtures, outlets, or windows. This step is a must do if you are renovating your entire kitchen.
Tips Number Four.
Find Your Studs.
Along the lines that you have already laid out you need to use a stud finder. Find and mark all of the locations to all of the studs that you will be using. Mark the locations along the bottom and the upper cabinet lines. This will get you closer to finally hanging and mounting your kitchen cabinets. Some times having another set of hands will help in this.
Tips Number Five.
Wall Hanging Units.
If you are using wall hanging units then this tip is for you. Mark the upper and lower reaches of your hanging units. Use a piece of 1”x3” stock and at least 2to 4 three inch screws to attach the stock to the upper and lower reaches of where your cabinets are going to be. This gives you a solid three inch wide foundation to mount your upper cabinets to.
Tip Number Six.
This is a step that most every novice misses. Pre-drill pilot holes in all of you cabinets where they will mount to the wall. This prevents wood splitting when you screw them to the wall. Also pre-drill any other points of contact.
Tip Number Seven.
Shims and Scrap Wood.
With any type of ready to assemble project like this there is no better tip then to have an assortment of shims and scrap wood pieces readily at hand. Some times the parts do not fit right or you will have to shim between the floor and the bottom of the cabinets.
Tip Number Eight.
This tip comes from experience with these types of cabinets. Keep you some wood glue on hand to spread in-between the joints. Most of the manufacturers say that you will only need a screw driver to build them and install them but, keep some on hand just in case.
Tip Number Nine.
Clamp it up!
Your best friend weather you have other hands helping you or not will be a good set of clamps. Vary the sizes you keep on hand. With this kind of job having them on hand can mean the difference between a head ache and success.
Tip Number Ten.
For a more finishes look inside and out for your cabinets use some dowel rod to plug the holes that you screw the sides together with. Use a dowel rod just larger than the size of the screw you are using so that it will fit nice and flush.
I hope some of these simple novice tips will help one of your next cabinetry projects to go just a bit smoother.