How to Install Kitchen Cabinets In 7 Easy Steps

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Installing your kitchen cabinets yourself is a rewarding experience that helps you save money while also allowing you to explore your DIY side. Installing your kitchen cabinets may seem like a lot of work. However, with this helpful, step-by-step guide, you’ll find it easy.

The keys to successfully installing kitchen cabinets on your own are careful measurements, secure fastening, and proper shimming. Take your time, don’t rush it; you’ll be done before you know it. In this article, you’ll learn how to install kitchen cabinets for any kitchen or cabinet layout.


How to Install Your Kitchen Cabinets

If you’re feeling overwhelmed about the project, remember this fundamental rule: if you get the first element right, the other will fall into position. This is true for installing kitchen cabinets as it is for layering brick.

Follow the instructions below:

Step 1: Prepare your space


If you’re installing new kitchen cabinets, gut the kitchen and remove any old ones. This will give you a plain space to work with and help you stay organized. Follow this step-by-step process:

  1. Turn off the electricity, gas, and plumbing lines to eliminate the chances of an accident.
  2. Remove cabinet doors and drawers, and other kitchen appliances attached to the cabinets.
  3. Uninstall the sink, cabinet toe-kick, countertop, and molding from the cabinet.
  4. Remove the screw from the cabinet face frames.
  5. Unscrew the cabinet back from the wall and pull it out. Repeat the process for all the cabinets.

Step 2: Get your new cabinets and tools ready

how to install kitchen cabinets tools

Before installing kitchen cabinets, ensure all your tools are in place. The fastest way to get frustrated is not having the right tool when needed. Below are all the tools you’ll need.

  • Pry bar
  • Stud finder
  • Laser level or chalk line
  • Framing square
  • Carpenter’s level
  • Ladder
  • Padded clamps
  • Ledger
  • Drill bit set
  • Drill
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Screws
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil

Once all the tools are ready, ensure your cabinets are the correct size. To get the right size cabinets, you must ensure your cabinets are built for your kitchen floor plan. Take the floor plan to the dealer, and they can advise you on the suitable cabinets to buy.

Step 3: Take measurements of your kitchen and cabinets