Installing cabinets is a great way to add some life to your kitchen. Whether you're removing old cabinets and replacing them with new ones or simply adding new cabinets for the first time, this is a job that you can easily do yourself. You'll need a few tools and materials to get the job done, which can be found at your local hardware store. The process of doing this job yourself will save you some money, but you may need a partner to help you with any heavy lifting.
The first step in the installation process is to prep the area you plan to install the cabinets in. If you're installing cabinets for the first time, then you'll need to outline the space on the wall and make pencil marks for the areas you want the cabinets to be installed. This will make the installation job easier and allow you to avoid making any mistakes while hanging the cabinets.
First, you'll need to attach a wooden ledger to the wall in order to give the bottom of the cabinets support while hanging. Once the ledger is installed, remove the doors from your cabinets to make installation more convenient. You can attach them again later.
When the doors are removed, you can start by installing the corner cabinets first. Locate the studs on your wall by using a stud finder. Mark the distance of the studs from the corner of the wall and then make an equal mark on your cabinets so you know where to drill your holes.
Lift up the cabinet and rest it on your ledger for support. Use your drill to screw the cabinet into the wall, making sure to drill into the studs and not the drywall. Drill them in half way at first. Once your screws are set, use a level to make sure that the cabinet is straight. If everything looks good, then you can continue drilling, fastening the cabinet securely to the wall. Continue with this process for all of your cabinets, making sure to install a ledger under each separate cabinet you add.
When the cabinets are securely fastened to your wall, you can put the doors back. Remove any ledgers that you have installed up to this point as the cabinets will be securely attached to the wall now. Repair any holes in the wall from the screws in your ledgers with a simple putty and some touch-up paint. Your cabinets are ready to be used.
For cabinet installations, contact a company such as CK Custom Kabinetry Inc.