Kitchen cabinets are a great medium to increase the storage space in the kitchen and uplift the appearance. It helps in providing a dedicated corner to all those things in your kitchen which otherwise just eat up the space on your shelf.
Hence, if you are planning to install the kitchen cabinets then this post can be of help to you! We assume you must have already selected the cabinets which will go with the interiors of your kitchen and you must have spent considerable amount of money for this investment.
Therefore, we are here to guide you as to how can you hang/install these kitchen cabinets all by yourself so that you can save on labour cost! You would need bunch of tools to hang these cabinets onto the wall.
Start with a layout: You need to mark the boundaries to have a rough estimate of the space which cabinets are going to cover and also to ensure that all of them are hung in line. Mark the top edge i.e., the highest point from the floor and the level line to mark the base of the cabinets. A good layout is significant for good installation! Mark the stud locations as well after marking the top and bottom points.
Fix the ledger board and screws: Ledger board is required to support the cabinets from the bottom while you can screw them to the wall. So install the ledger boards below the bottom line created for the cabinets with the help of screws. These ledger boards run across the entire length of the wall. The ledgers are only useful if your wall is flat and plumb; if it is not then you would have to shim the large bows in the wall before applying ledger board. Ledger board provides a straight alignment and base to the cabinets.
Start with corner cabinets: Before you start hanging the cabinets, make sure you have removed the drawers and doors for easy handling. You can mark the location of the shelves to reinstall them later. If your installation has corner wall then you should start from the corner wall as it provides an extra support and makes it easy to install. Place the cabinet over the ledger board and then drill holes though the cabinet into the wall. Use long screws to tighten its placement but before tightening them make sure that cabinet is levelled from front and back side. Don’t over-tighten the screws; just tighten them enough to hold cabinet in place.
Installing adjacent cabinets: In the similar manner, hang up the cabinets adjacent to the first one. Before screwing the second one, make sure that you have lined up the face frames and clamped them together. You might have to use the filler strip as sometimes hand screw clamps don’t form a tighter grip. So to make sure that there is no gap between the cabinets, you might have to use filler tape or wooden scribing blocks. Make use of good quality screws and this way continue till you hang all of them. Install the drawers and doors of the cabinets at the end!