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A guide to Properly install Kitchen Cabinets by yourself

Please read carefully (Do not skip steps)

Tools and supplies

Assorted drill bits
Assorted driver bits
Putty knife
Clamps
Wood screws
Electronic stud finder
Jigsaw
Utility knife

Pencil
Level
Tape measure
Plastic mallet
Hammer
Screwdriver
Power drill

New cabinets or cabinet kits
New sink (replacing old one)
New countertop
Sink plumbing hardware
A piece of 1 x 4 for a ledger strip
Wood glue
Tapered shims

Installation Tips

Before demolition of your old kitchen, be sure that you have all cabinets and parts that will make up your new kitchen.

Before demolition be sure to shut off all existing water, power and utility lines and remove existing appliances to another room to keep them out of the way.

After demolition, repair or replace walls that have been damaged during the removal of the old cabinets to ensure a solid foundation for the new cabinets.

To ensure the cabinets will fit your area, measure the cabinets and transfer the measurements to the wall, creating an outline of where the cabinets will be. If something doesn’t look correct, remeasure to ensure accuracy. This will allow you to adjust cabinet unit selection if necessary, prior to the purchase of cabinets.

Using a magnetic stud finder, be sure to locate and mark the studs in the wall where the cabinets will be. Cabinets must be attached to the studs with appropriate screws to provide sufficient support for cabinets and their contents.

Doors and drawers can get “dinged” during installation. Be sure to remove doors and drawers prior to installation and store them in a safe area.

Use masking tape to mark corresponding doors and cabinets so you can match them up once cabinets are installed.

It is more efficient to begin installation with the upper wall cabinets as the base cabinets will not be in the way.

Installing a ledger board to represent the lower edge of the wall cabinets assists with lining up the cabinets as well as holding them while you screw them in place.

Begin cabinet installation in the corner of the room and work out. This will ensure that spacing is appropriate for all cabinet units.

When installing cabinets, do not tighten screws until you are sure the cabinets are plumb and level, using shims when necessary.

Use fillers to take up odd spaces when cabinets are installed next to a wall or another cabinet.

Use appropriate screws when fastening cabinets to walls or to each other. This ensures a secure attachment that can support both the cabinets and their contents.