Installing new cabinets is a great way to breathe new life into your kitchen or bathroom. If you’re wondering how to install cabinets, here is everything you need to know before you begin your DIY project. While it’s possible to hang cabinets on your own, sometimes it’s easier to let a professional do the job. If you need help installing cabinets, you can rely on the team at Oliver.
How to Install Cabinets
When you are learning how to install cabinets, the ability to take accurate measurements is vital. If you are confident in your measuring abilities, you should be able to follow the following steps.
Cabinet Installation Tools
Before you start your project, be sure to gather these tools.
- Stud finder
- Cabinet trim
- Filler strips
- Tape measure
- Ratchet clamps
- Chalk line
Cabinet Installation Instructions
- Using your level, check in multiple places to see if the walls are plumb. You may need to shim unlevel spots.
- You can determine the floor’s high point by drawing a horizontal reference line and measuring vertically in several spots. The highest point will have the smallest measurement between the floor and the horizontal line.
- Measure 34.5 inches from the highest spot on the floor and draw a horizontal line. This is where the top of the bottom cabinets will line up. This is the measurement you should use if you are installing standard-sized cabinets.
- Measuring 19.5 inches up from the horizontal line, make a level, horizontal line to represent the bottom of the top cabinets.
- When you are hanging cabinets, installing a ledger for the cabinets to rest on is always a good idea. Line up the ledger with the 19.5-inch line. Use your stud finder to locate the studs and screw the ledger into them with two-inch screws.
- Remove the cabinet doors so they are out of the way. Clamp the upper cabinets together. Drill starter holes in the back of the cabinets that align with the studs. Screw the cabinets together at the top and bottom of the frames. Mount the cabinets between two studs using screws. Now you can remove the ledger.
- Installing the bottom cabinets is easier and less risky. It’s best to start with the end cabinet. Set the cabinet flush against the wall and make sure it is level. Secure the cabinet to the wall at the studs.
- Repeat this process until all bottom cabinets are installed. You can use shims under and behind the cabinets to make them sit flush and level.
- Finally, you can replace the top cabinet doors and add trim to fill in gaps and elevate the final look.
Delaware Valley Cabinet Installation
Homeowners in the Delaware Valley can rely on Oliver for professional kitchen and bath remodeling. Installing new cabinets can be a time-consuming, tedious process. Let the team at Oliver take care of the job for you. Contact us today and fill out an estimate form to get started on your project.