How do you install kitchen cabinets?


Quick Answer

Install kitchen cabinets by measuring and marking the wall before installing a ledger board to support the upper cabinets. Install the upper cabinets before the base cabinets. This process can take several days to complete depending on the size of the kitchen.

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  1. Measure and mark the wall

    Calculate the position of the bottom of the upper cabinets. Take into consideration the height of the base cabinets, the countertop and the desired backsplash. Mark this measurement on the wall. Use a level to continue the measurement around the cabinet wall. Mark the location of electrical wiring, plumbing and wall studs.

  2. Install a ledger board

    Screw a ledger board to the wall along the line. The ledger board helps support the weight of the upper cabinets during installation.

  3. Hang the wall cabinets

    Remove the doors from the cabinets. Clamp two wall cabinets together at their front stiles. Make sure the cabinets are plumb and flush. Lift the cabinets onto the ledger board, and screw them into the wall through the back of the cabinets along the thicker framing pieces. Repeat for the other cabinets before removing the ledger board.

  4. Hang the base cabinets

    Mark the wall studs for the base cabinets. Install the first base cabinet at the highest point on the floor. Install additional base cabinets beside this one. Check that the cabinets are level, and shim as needed.

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