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How to Install Cabinets in a Kitchen

Host Paul Ryan demonstrates how to install kitchen cabinets.

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  • Time


  • Price Range

    $5,000 - $10,000

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Place the Base Cabinets

Start by placing the base cabinets in their locations.

Step 2: Find Where the Cabinets Line Up

Determine the starting point by picking a hard edge. Use a level to make a mark on the wall -- this is the point where the seams of the upper and lower cabinets line up.

Step 3: Set the First Base Cabinet

Set the first base cabinet on the hard edge.

Step 4: Fasten the Cabinets to the Wall

Shim the cabinets to level and use 3" cabinet screws to fasten to the wall. One of the great features of these particular "stock" cabinets is the fact that the toe-kick is 4" higher than the standard for easier accessibility for wheelchairs.

toe kick has easier accessibility for wheelchairs

Step 5: Drill Holes on the Corners

For the oven cabinet, mark the cutout for the electrical junction box. Using a spade bit, drill four holes at the outside corners. Then, use a jigsaw to finish the cutout.

mark cutout for electrical junction box

Step 6: Attach the Fill Stock to the Cleat

Use fill stock between corner cabinets to prevent cabinet doors from interfering with each other. Slide a cleat into place. Clamp the cleat down and then fasten it to the cabinet. Attach the fill stock to the cleat.

use fill stock between corner cabinets




  • Cabinet hardware (Amerock/model: BP979-26D/color: Brushed Chrome) from Knobby Kneeds
  • Cooktop (model: DECU1054B); wall oven (model: DES0171); microwave (model: DM0S200); microwave oven trim kit (model: DMTK275); built-in refrigerator (model: DFUD042D/color: Stainless Steel); range hood (Zepher/model: ZTA-E30/color: Stainless Steel) from LakeView Appliance
  • Washer/dryer combo (Majestic/model: MJ9900/color: White) from Majestic Appliances, Division of MSI