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How To Hang Kitchen Cabinets

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How To Hang Kitchen Cabinets

Mark Up the Wall First A good cabinet installation starts with a good layout. Measure from the highest point in the floor and draw a level line marking the top of the base cabinets. Measure up 19-1/2 in. from that line and draw another line for the bottom of the upper cabinets. Label the location of the cabinets and appliances on the wall. Draw a vertical line to line up the edge of the first cabinet to be installed. Finally, mark the stud locations. Remove Cabinet Doors and Drawers Removing shelves, doors and drawers makes installation easier and prevents damage. Mark the location of the doors on painter’s tape, and make a pencil mark at the top of the hinges so you have a good starting point when you reinstall them. Remember that many upper cabinets have no designated top or bottom. They can be hung either direction depending on which way you want the doors to swing. So decide that before you mark the hinges. Shim Large Bows Most of the time you can shim the cabinets as you go, but if there’s an extreme bow in the wall (more than 3/8 in.), shim it out before you hang the cabinet. If you don’t, you may accidentally pull the back off the cabinet while fastening it into place. Hold a level across the wall, and slide a shim up from the bottom (go in from the top when you’re doing the top side) until it’s snug. Then pin or tape it into place. Swipe Here For Next Slide Start With the Upper Cabinets It’s easier to hang the uppers when you’re not hanging way over the base cabinets. Rest the uppers on a ledger board—it’ll ensure a nice, straight alignment and eliminate the frustration of holding the cabinets in place while screwing them to the wall. Clamp, Drill and Fasten When connecting two cabinets to each other, line up the face frames and clamp them together. Both cabinets should be fastened to the wall at this point, but you may have to loosen one cabinet or the other to get the frames to line up perfectly. Hand-screw clamps don’t flex, and less flex means a tighter grip. Predrill a 1/8-in. hole before screwing them together with a 2-1/2-in. screw. Choose the less noticeable cabinet of the two for drilling and placing the screw head. Use a Block of Wood for Scribing Find the largest distance between the outside of the cabinet and the wall. Take that measurement and make a pencil mark on your filler strip (measure over right to left in this case). Clamp the filler onto the cabinet flush with the inside of the vertical rail. Measure over from the wall to your pencil mark, and make a scribing block that size. Use your block to trace a pencil line down the filler strip. Masking tape on the filler strip helps the pencil line show up better and protects the finish from the saw table. Swipe Here For Next Slide Use Good Screws Many top cabinet makers prefer GRK’s R4 self-countersinking screw. You’ll pay accordingly, but why scrimp on screws when you’re spending thousands of dollars on cabinets? Whatever you do, don’t use drywall screws—they’ll just snap off and you’ll end up with an extra hole. Learn more about the R4 screws at grkfasteners.com. Fasten the Back, Then Shim Line up the base cabinets with the level line on the wall. Fasten the back of the cabinets to that line. Once the backs of the cabinets are level, use shims to level the sides. Take your time on this step—nobody likes to have eggs roll off a slanted countertop. Use 2x2s to Secure Cabinets to the Floor Cabinets that make up islands and peninsulas need to be secured to the floor. Join the island cabinets and set them in place. Trace an outline of the cabinets on the floor. Screw 2x2s to the floor 1/2 in. on the inside of the line to account for the thickness of the cabinets. Anchor the island cabinets to the 2x2s with screws. If needed, place flooring blocks under the 2x2s. Swipe Here For Next Slide Raise the Cabinets for Flooring If the kitchen flooring is going to be hardwood or tile, and you’re installing it after the cabinets, you’ll have to raise the cabinets off the floor or the dishwasher won’t fit under the countertop. Use blocks to represent the finished floor height, and add those distances to the guide line for the base cabinet tops. Hold the blocks back a bit from the front so the flooring can tuck underneath. Your flooring guys will love you for this. Cut Oversize Holes Cutting exact size holes for water lines and drainpipes might impress your spouse or customer, but such precision is likely to result in unnecessary headaches for you. Cutting larger holes makes it easier to slide the cabinet into place and provides wiggle room for minor adjustments. No one’s going to notice the oversize holes once the cabinet is filled with dish soaps, scrubbers and recycling bins. Use the Door Rail as a Guide The location of knobs and pulls isn’t written in stone, but there are some standard practices. One good rule of thumb is to line up a knob with the top of the bottom door rail. If you’re installing door pulls, line up the bottom of the pull with the top of the door rail. Always center them on the door stile. Swipe Here For Next Slide Temporarily Attach the Hardware If you’re not sure about where the knobs and pulls are to be installed, stick a piece of reusable putty adhesive to the hardware and try out different spots. Mark the one you like with a pencil and install the rest of the hardware accordingly. Reusable adhesive is available at hardware and art supply stores. More Collections Installing Kitchen Cabinets How to Install Cabinet Hardware Kitchen Cabinets: 9 Easy Repairs How to Refinish Kitchen Cabinets Frameless Kitchen Cabinets
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How To Hang Kitchen Cabinets

Install Upper Cabinets With your room prepped and guidelines marked, it’s time to hang the upper cabinets. It’s easier to install upper cabinets before the base cabinets go in. Save Item Send to a FriendPrint Installing Upper Cabinets Step 1 Start by attaching a straight 1-by-4 ledger level on the wall at the 54-inch line. A ledger is a board that helps support the cabinetry as you work. If you need a refresher, wathc our video on How to Use a Tape Measure. Good to KnowIf your cabinets are already assembled, remove the doors for easier handling. Step 2 Begin your installation with a corner cabinet, or from the far left if you don’t have a corner unit. Using the outline you created on the wall, measure the distance from the cabinet edge to the stud and transfer this to the cabinet. Remember to account for the face frame. Step 3 Drill holes through the cabinet backs at the top, middle and bottom rails. Your top and bottom holes should be about 3/4 inch from the cabinet’s edge. Do this step for each unit. Step 4 Set the cabinet in place and drive the mounting screws into the wall. Don’t over-tighten the screws. Tighten just enough to hold the cabinet in place. Step 5 Check that the cabinet is level and plumb. Shim behind the cabinet if needed. Step 6 Set the second cabinet into position and line up the faces so that they’re even at the bottom and across the front. Clamp the cabinets together and drive screws into the back – again, just tight enough to hold the cabinet in place for now. Use shims in the back to make it plumb. Step 7 Keep the faces even and use a countersink / taper bit to drill through the face frames and connect with the cabinet screws. Good to KnowIf your wall is really bowed, it helps to glue shims over the stud lines where you’ll secure the mounting screws. This will prevent the cabinet backs from bowing when you drive in the screws. Step 8 Continue the process until you reach the end of the row, continually checking that the faces and edges are even and level. Step 9 When you get to the end of the row, you may have a space between the cabinet and the wall. Use filler strips to fill the gap. Step 10 Measure the gap at the top and the bottom and cut your filler strip to fit. For uneven walls, clamp the filler strip to the outside of the cabinet face. Use a compass to scribe a line that follows the contours of the wall. Cut the piece along the line at a 7- to 10-degree bevel to help fit it against the wall. Step 11 Once all the cabinets are connected, drive in the rear screws and remove the clamps. Step 12 Remove the ledger board and touch up any wall damage. Step 13 If you’re installing crown moulding, attach it with finish nails, then hang the doors, adjusting the hinges according to the manufacturer’s instructions for keeping the doors even. In our final video, we’ll help you install base cabinets. You May Also Like . . . Cabinet Storage Buying Guide Cabinet Hardware Buying Guide Prepare for a Kitchen Remodel Shop Lowe’s Kitchen Cabinets Cabinet Accessories Cabinet Hardware Hinges Related Videos & Guides Install Base Cabinets Measure and Prep for Cabinets Cabinet Storage Buying Guide Ideas & Inspiration Stock Cabinet Projects Refined & Roomy Kitchen Remodel Lowe’s Services Cabinet Installation Redesigning Your Kitchen? Check out our FREE planning guide for budget advice, design tips, product info & more. Learn More

How To Hang Kitchen Cabinets

How To Hang Kitchen Cabinets
How To Hang Kitchen Cabinets
How To Hang Kitchen Cabinets
How To Hang Kitchen Cabinets
How To Hang Kitchen Cabinets

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