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Installing Base Cabinets Instructions

  • Installing Base Cabinets

    Installing new cabinets in your kitchen can greatly enhance its look and functionality – plus updated kitchens are a major selling point for homebuyers. Buying ready-made cabinets makes this project that much easier. The cabinetmaker has done all the hard work by providing you with modular cabinets that are usually pre-finished and ready for installation.

  • Overview

    Before you begin the installation, locate studs and mark the cabinet height on the wall. Next, install the first cabinet in a corner…. The following cabinets need to be installed flush with the previous cabinet faces and heights. Finally you can add the countertop, doors and drawers.

  • Locate and Mark

    Base cabinets must be anchored to the studs in the kitchen walls. Your first step is to determine where all the studs are in the walls. Use a stud finder or small drill bit to locate the studs. Once you find the first one, the others should be spaced sixteen inches apart. Make sure you mark both edges of the stud. Next determine if your floor is level. If not, you need to find the highest point in the floor and shim up the cabinet sections to compensate. Using a long, straight 2” x 4”, place a carpenter’s level on top of it and move it along the floor next to the wall. Identify the highest point and mark it on the wall. Measure the height of the new cabinets. Most likely this dimension is about 34” to 35”. At the high point you determined in your floor, measure up the wall using this dimension. Mark this point. Using a carpenter’s level, create a level line along the walls where you are installing the base cabinets.

  • Install Corner Cabinet First

    Install the first cabinet section in a corner. Using wood shims, raise the cabinet to the reference line on the walls. With a level, make sure the top of the cabinet is level in all directions – front-to-back and side-to-side. Using 2-1/2” screws, screw the back ledger of the base cabinet into the studs in the wall. If you find gaps between the wall and the cabinet, slip a shim in the areas you are screwing to avoid pulling the cabinet towards the wall. Using a chisel or utility knife, cut off any protruding shims.

  • Install Next Cabinet

    Put the next cabinet in place. Again, you need to shim it into position and make sure it is level. Also, make sure the faces of the two cabinets are flush with each other. Using clamps, pull the two adjacent cabinet frames together. Using long screws, secure the cabinets together. Screw the second cabinet into the wall.

  • Install Filler Strips

    You may need to install a filler strip in between a cabinet and a wall. Use the same technique you used to secure two cabinet sections together. Clamp the filler strip in place and use long screws to fasten it. Then install the cabinet.

  • Finishing Touches

    To cover up gaps between the cabinets and the floor, install a thin piece of molding that will provide a more attractive appearance. You can also follow our tutorial on installing vinyl cove molding to hide this gap. If you are installing a new countertop, you can buy a ready made counter that matches your tastes and the style of your new cabinets. To install the countertop, place it on top of the cabinets. Secure it in place from inside the cabinets with screws that go through the corner brackets of each cabinet section. If not installed already, the final step is to install the cabinet doors, drawers and the knobs or handles. Usually the holes are pre-drilled and ready to go.


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