Monday, 29 December 2014

How to Install Kitchen Cabinets

Change the functionality and style of your kitchen by installing new kitchen cabinets.

Installing a kitchen cabinet can take a very long time and be a challenging issue, but it can be easy and inconvenience free if the right strategies are used and the kitchen cabinet is done in an expert way. A kitchen cabinet installer can do the task in a fast and effective way.

The kitchen cabinet has to be of a certain size and shape to suit the readily available area. The kitchen cabinet can be set up onto a base on the ground or can be installed onto a wall. The kitchen cabinet is not installed all of a piece however is set up in pieces. Various parts come together to form the cabinet which is then finished as a complete piece.

Installing Wall Cabinets

When installing kitchen cabinets, it’s easiest to install the upper wall cabinets first; this way, the base cabinets are not in your way during the necessary lifting and fastening.

When moving them around, you will discover that upper cabinets are heavy—just imagine their weight when they’re loaded with dinnerware or foodstuffs. For this reason, it is imperative that they be fastened securely to the wall stud framing behind the wall’s surface material. And the screws you use must go through a strong part of the cabinet, such as a support rail, that runs along the cabinet back. Every cabinet should be secured by at least three screws that penetrate the wall framing by at least 1 1/2 inches.

Select a cabinet style

You might want to match your existing cabinets in color and finish or create contrast by adding something different. When mixing styles, maintain a consistent kitchen cabinetry design theme for a cohesive look.

Draw installation guidelines

Once you've removed the old cabinets, you'll want to place marks to guide installation. The measurements will differ depending on the size of your cabinets.

Mark the walls for the top edge of the lower cabinets and the lower edge of the upper cabinets. Ask another person to hold a level along the marks, and then draw lines along the length of the areas.

Locate studs using a stud finder and mark their locations with a pencil. Aim to mark the center of the studs when possible.

Installing Base Cabinets

After all the upper wall cabinets are in place, install the corner or end base cabinet.

  • Level and shim the corner cabinet. If necessary, use shims to level it and raise it up to the high point of the floor so that its upper edge aligns with the line on the wall. Be sure it is level from front to back and from side to side, and then screw it to the wall studs.
  • Add the first adjoining cabinet. Align it the same way you did the first cabinet. If necessary, tap shims under and behind the cabinet to adjust for plumb and level. Clamp together the face frames. Then drive screws through one face frame into the other, as shown, to permanently fasten them.

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