Do It Yourself Kitchen Remodel: How To Hang New Cabinets

Installing wall cabinets requires help from another person, the correct tools such as screws or toggle bolts and a level. Follow these instructions on how to securely attach and properly align cabinets for a successful budget redecorating project.

Wall cabinets must be able to hold very heavy loads. When they are filled with dishes, drink glasses and food, the load can be very heavy. All wall cabinets must always be mounted very securely in order to be safe. Usually, wood screws or toggle bolts are used. They are long so they go through the cabinets back rails, the wall covering and into each stud of the framing. Each cabinet should have a minimum of four screws. Never use nails because nails will not hold securely.

First, the studs of the frame will have to be located. Then you want to mark where you wish to place the cabinets. You don't want them too high or too low. Most cabinets are about eighteen inches above the countertop. This usually puts the tops of the wall cabinets about seven feet from the floor. Always start installation in the corner and go towards openings like windows or doors. If there is a soffit, be sure the cabinets are tight against the bottom of that. Be sure the cabinets are level and not leaning forward or backward. You may need to make adjustments to get a proper fit. You can use shims or you can scribe the back of the cabinet. Many houses, even new ones, have uneven walls.

There are many different sizes of wall cabinets, from twelve inches wide to eighteen inches wide or more. Always have plenty of help when lifting cabinets into place. Have someone hold them in place while you are drilling the holes for the screws or toggle bolts. Toggle bolts should be used if there are not enough studs that are behind the cabinet. Screws can be used if the cabinet spans two studs. Be sure the screws are long enough to go into the stud properly, at least one inch into the center of the stud.

Wall cabinets should flank a window evenly. Planning is the key when hanging wall cabinets. Be sure you have the correct measurements of the cabinets and of the room. Each element of the room should be included when drawing a room to scale. The doors, the windows, the walls, the plumbing, the electrical and any other important information need to be included before hanging cabinets.

Cabinets come in varying depths also. Be sure all of yours are the size you want for your room. Be sure they look good together also. You can add shelves to the ends of your cabinets , such as near a window. They can be used like fillers. Another thing to consider is how your cabinet doors open. You need to have them open the correct direction for the location it will be installed. You also want to be able to easily reach inside your cabinets. Corner cabinets with a lazy susan are very efficient and make everything readily accessible. There are cabinets that have various cabinet sizes in one unit. Sometimes these units are used over a stove or over a sink that doesn't have a window above it.

Get together with a home center specialist when purchasing your cabinets. They will help you decide what is best for you and figure out the cabinets you need as well, for your budget.

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