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Installing Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Installing new cabinets in your kitchen to a great extent can
enhance the look and usefulness of your kitchen. At the present time,
customers and clients have been giving their homes extra attention since
they know much more about houses and their interiors now in comparison
to earlier times. The clients and customer visit the furniture showrooms
equipped with some specific things that they want for their custom
kitchen cabinets. Even if your kitchen design needs help from an expert,
installing cabinets can be done by yourself and at the same time will
help you to save a lot of money. The next step is the installation of
kitchen cabinet. 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. Installation of kitchen
cabinets can be easier than you would think. 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 are familiar with the instructions
for their installation. Some very simple steps must be followed to make
your installation an easy task.

Installation of wall base cabinets

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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 is relatively straightforward and follows basic steps such as:

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Cabinets are preset collectively before
fasteners are installed. The installers fasten the cabinets before
attaching them to the wall

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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.