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How to Install a New cabinet

Cabinets can be customized to fit an individual's needs in more ways than one. Learn how to create custom cabinets for your specific needs like this family that loves doing craft projects.

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cabinets customized to fit individual needs
  • Time

    Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Prepare for New Cabinets

Remove doors and hardware from cabinet before hanging, then determine height to install cabinets.

Mark line where the bottom of the cabinets will be and install a temporary ledger board to support the cabinets during installation.

Locate studs in the wall and transfer the measurements of the locations to the top and bottom mounting strips on the cabinets

install temporary ledger board

Step 2: Install Wall Cabinets

Use countersink drill bit to pre-drill holes in the mounting strips. Lift cabinet onto wall and check for level and plumb, using shims where necessary.

Secure in place using 3” wood screws into the pre-drilled mounting holes.

Trim shims where necessary using a utility knife to score them before breaking them off.

Install doors and other hardware.

install wall cabinets

Step 3: Prepare to Attach the Base Cabinet

With the wall cabinets in place, move to the base cabinet installation. First, remove doors and hardware from cabinet before installing

Next, locate studs in the wall and transfer the measurements of the locations to the top and bottom mounting strips on the cabinets.

Pre-drill holes in the mounting strips with a countersink drill bit.

Check for level and plumb (Image 1), using shims where necessary, both under (Image 2) and behind cabinets.

attach the base cabinet

Step 4: Install the Base Cabinet

Use 3” screws to secure into the pre-drilled mounting holes. Be sure to screw through the shims to hold them in place.

Trim shims where necessary, using a utility knife to score them before breaking them off.

Install doors and other hardware.

use shims to level base cabinets

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