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Installing Hanging Cabinets Instructions

  • Installing Hanging 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 doors and hardware.

  • Installation Prep

    Hanging 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 you need to determine the bottom reference line for the hanging cabinets. Generally you will want at least eighteen to twenty inches in between the bottom of the hanging cabinets and the countertop below. Based on this dimension, determine the height of the bottom reference line and use a level to mark it along the wall. Take the 1” x 3” strips of wood and line up the top of the board with the reference line. Screw the strips into the wall studs with 2-1/2” screws. This will serve as a ledge for resting the cabinets on while you install them. You will remove these boards once the cabinets are secured to the walls.

  • Install Corner Cabinet First

    Install the first cabinet section in a corner by resting it on the 1”x 3” strip of wood. Using 2-1/2” screws, secure the cabinet to the wall with a top and bottom screw for each stud that the cabinet spans. Do not completely tighten the cabinet in place. You still need to shim it into position. Using wood shims, make sure the face and side of the cabinet are plumb. Once it is in the proper position, tighten all the screws. Using a chisel or utility knife, cut off any protruding shims.

  • Install Next Cabinet

    Put the next cabinet in place and secure with screws. Again, you need to shim it into position and make sure it is plumb. 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.

  • 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 in place. Then install the cabinet.

  • Finishing Touches

    Once all the cabinets are installed, you can remove the temporary support ledge. To hide gaps in between the cabinets and the walls, tack a piece of molding in place. Finish it to match the cabinets. If not installed already, the final step is to install the cabinet doors and the knobs or handles. Usually the holes are pre-drilled and ready to go.


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