Installing new cabinets in your kitchen to a great extent can enhance the look and usefulness of your kitchen. You must always install hanging cabinets before installing the base cabinets. It is much easier to work on hanging cabinets with no base cabinets in the way. The cabinets can be installed by yourself or you can hire a professional contractor to do the installation job for you. Installation for both wall and base cabinets can be easily done if you follow the below steps.
Installation of wall base cabinets
Before placing any order for your kitchen cabinets, you must very carefully examine the requirements for your cabinets such as what should be the size, shape, color, design etc. of the kitchen cabinets. This step is very important because of the simple fact that a kitchen cabinet without a required proportionate size or shape is of no use.
Determining the right position for the kitchen cabinets is a very important aspect of installation. It is an utmost requirement that you mark an exact level position with help of pencil. It will help a lot and make your installation easier when you know in advance the level and position where kitchen cabinets are to be installed. The level and position of the cabinet should be such that you can easily reach into them without any stress.
Installation of wall cabinets must be given the highest priority when installing kitchen cabinets, because of the simple fact that they will provide you good deal of space and also they do not occupy a lot of space. You can use the other empty floor space for installation of lower level kitchen cabinets.
Search for the studs in the wall. Mark the position of wall studs once you have located them. With help of a pencil you must mark the position an inch above and 6 inches below where the installed custom kitchen cabinets bottom would be. The stud finder can help you in locating each stud.
For the wall cabinets the first thing you must do is to attach a temporary supporting bar the size of the cabinet’s length. Attach rail’s upper frame parallel to cabinet’s bottom edge and then attach a support to the wall with the help of screws.
Prepare several single cabinets and then combine them together by placing them on a horizontal surface. Always be conscious about the height difference and proportion of the cabinets because it may create gaps or rigidness between them.
Make a sub-assembly. Attach each single cabinet together by placing them backside up on a flat surface.
Once you have fixed the cabinets to a flat surface and attached it permanently with help of screw and screwdriver, then you have to secure the overhead cabinets. At the back of cabinet you can find the hanging strip where you have to pierce the nails. Beside the stud you also have to relocate the hanging strips within the cabinet. With the help of a drill you must drill pilot holes and then fix the screws. With everything attached you can then attach the cabinetry to the wall.
Installation of custom kitchen cabinets
For installing base cabinets you must locate the highest point on the floor. The back of the base cabinets must be at the same height and level with the front. If the highest point of the floor is near the wall then the front of the cabinets must be elevated with the help of shims. If the highest point on the floor is away from the wall then the back of the cabinets must be elevated to the same height.
You must draw a straight line on the wall to mark the top of the base cabinets. This will help you to identify the exact height of all the base cabinets so that the countertop of all the cabinets is at the same level.
Cabinets are preset collectively before fasteners are installed. The installers fasten the cabinets before attaching them to the wall
Shims and levels are used for positioning as well as leveling the cabinets. Before putting the cabinet in place you must check and ensure that the cabinets are aligned without any mistakes or errors. They must be perfectly aligned with the line scribed on the wall previously. You can use shims for raising the base cabinets. Shims are placed over the studs whenever it is necessary to adjust the cabinet.
Once the level of the cabinets is perfectly correct, then you can fasten the cabinets to the wall. The fastener must be screwed through the cabinet before inserting it into wall studs. Three-inch screws are used to fasten custom kitchen cabinets to the wall.
The last step is to install the entire remaining fixtures like doors, drawers, partition, shelves and hardware. Pivots or the hinges can be concealed or covered depending on the style of cabinets.
All these above steps are simple and can be easily used to install any type of cabinetry. Note that you must never screw cabinets together all the way through thin walls. Always screw the framing or ledger boards first.
There is nothing better than having custom kitchen cabinets installed in your kitchen! It is the one place in every house where families gather to share conversation and meals. Don’t underestimate the value of a kitchen that reflects your taste and style. Spend the time and money on custom kitchen cabinets since it is an investment you will not regret!