Installing Cabinets

 installing kitchen cabinetsWhile planning for a complete remodeling of a room or even trying to use an empty wall in a more productive way, one step one often comes across is installing cabinets.

This is a very important part of home decoration as it adds variety and a slight interchange in style and type of the cabinets dramatically changes the entire appearance of a room. These cabinets need some basic steps to be followed. The entire process starts with proper planning.


Readymade cabinets will of course cost more than raw materials, but keeping in view of the professional looks and finishing available in products available in market, this would be the first thing to decide whether to go for a readymade one, or design it yourself. They are available in various shapes and sizes to choose from, so it seems to be an advantage to use readymade cabinet over a handmade one.

In this case it is important to know the type of cabinet required, and the reason why it is required. This helps in designing the structure or even finding a design suitable for the purpose.

Establishing Layout

The next thing is to know the terrain where the cabinet will be installed. Measuring and marking the area can be proved useful. Layout marks on the walls and floors will be required not only to spot exact location of the cabinet, but it comes handy later to find the places of adjustment.

In case of installing wall cabinets it is important to check the corners for out of square problems. Most of the times this problem occurs due to a build up of plaster or similar things and not the entire wall are misaligned. In the later case a complete new orientation will be required.

Installing the Cabinet

Finally we deal with installing cabinets. By now the layout is finalized, the plan is made, now it’s time to implement the plan properly. Between wall and floor cabinets it is advisable to install wall cabinet first, as it does not involve reaching across the lower cabinets and hence increasing damaging possibilities.

To reduce weight and improve mobility it is better to remove the doors while installation and level them with painter’s tapes. For complicated doors a cardboard can be taped over them to keep them from marring.

Base Cabinets:

    For base units the floor provides the required support, but attaching them with walls provides extra support and it helps in alignment too. Inserting cedar shims under the frame of the unit proves handy. The base cabinet can be completed before it is secured with the wall. Shims can be used behind the cabinet also to ensure the corners are square and the top is leveled.

Wall Cabinets:

    Here the main difference is we do not have the floor support in case of its installation. To hang a grouping of two or more compartments it is always advisable to drive a screw each from the top of each of them to provide extra stability.

    Rest of the work is almost similar to the base cabinet installation. Extra caution is needed to be practiced so that the entire weight gets divided into various parts of the cabinet and not at any single point at any time.

Winding Up

When the cabinet structure is securely fixed with the wall, it’s time to reinstall the doors and shelves that were removed in the first step. Then check for any misplacement, any scratch, and any other damages. If found none, then the job of installing cabinets is complete.

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