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How to Install Cabinets

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Installing cabinets may seem daunting, but with accurate measurements, precise positioning, and secure mounting techniques, you can do the job independently.

Before beginning, make sure your floors are perfectly level. In older homes, some areas may have higher spots than others.

Layout

The proper cabinet layout can make or break your kitchen remodel. Make sure it maximizes space and budget, considering appliance sizes, locations, and how often they’ll be used. Your cabinet designer can help narrow down options and find the best layout for you, usually working together as a team with you and your contractor. A knowledgeable designer should suggest an efficient yet cost-effective design while maximizing investment potential.

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to installing kitchen cabinets, but here are a few tips for an effortless experience: measure with a measuring tape and pencil in the sizes of each cabinet you plan on installing; next, visit your local home center and ask for their cabinet catalog where you can view dozens of cabinets in various shapes and finishes so you can visualize your dream kitchen in no time!

Positioning

Hardware placement is an integral element of cabinet design. From knobs to pulls, where your hardware goes will determine how functional and attractive your cabinets look.

Most cabinets come with standard placement for knobs and pulls, but there are other ways to customize your cabinets’ hardware for a unique look. Here are some tips on determining where to put your cabinet hardware:

A traditional cabinet door knob or pull placement places them at the opposite end of the hinges, making it easier for people to grab them to open the doors.

Installation

Installing cabinets is a crucial component of any remodeling project, as it determines their fit together and guarantees they will be level and plumb on the wall.

Begin by marking a high point on each wall and measuring across from it to where your upper cabinets will go. Make sure this line is parallel to the layout line you created earlier.

If your floors are uneven, add shims underneath or between the cabinet and bottom to level them.

Once your cabinets are level, mount them onto the wall with 2-inch screws into studs. Don’t tighten them yet – work slowly and carefully to guarantee they remain level and plumb.

Now that your base and upper cabinets are mounted to the wall, it’s time to finish installing them. Filler strips or toe kick trim can help fill gaps between the cabinet base and floor.

Finishing

Once the walls have been constructed, and rough framing is complete, cabinet installation can begin. Timing is essential to ensure everything fits perfectly in its designated spot in the room.

Once all cabinets are installed, it’s time to paint them. This step is essential as it guarantees your finished cabinets have a professional appearance.

When selecting paint for your cabinets, durability is critical. Make sure your chosen color will last over time and still look good.

For wood surfaces, the most reliable finish is catalyzed conversion varnish, which is water-resistant and easy to maintain. It comes in various colors for added aesthetic appeal. Although more costly than traditional lacquer, this investment offers superior strength and is easier to keep clean.