How To Install Your Own Wall Cabinets

Have you wondered “HGTV really inspired me, how do I do my own kitchen remodel?” But you don’t know where to start? Installing wall cabinets can seem like quite a complicated task to get right, but once you know the basics it is actually quite easy and you will find that you may even be brave enough to tackle your own DIY kitchen remodel.

Install cabinets in laundry rooms, basements, garages for extra storage. If you enjoy refurbishing cabinets, visit a resale store or a Goodwill and get some practice on some of these before you attempt your first full kitchen remodel. You can also apply these principals if you need to do your own cabinet repair. These are simple principles that will allow you to fix your own cabinets or upgrade them if you ever needed to.

Couple working together on their kitchen remodel

The Basics To DIY Kitchen Remodels

Although it’s not complicated, you do want to make sure you learn the basics to ensure a safe and aesthetically pleasing remodel. Here are our expert tips from our master kitchen installer, Dan.

Couple assembling furniture in their new apartment.

Materials Needed:

  • Wall cabinets
  • Stud finder (The Stud Buddy)
  • Level
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Cabinet hardware (handles or knobs)
  • Scrap piece of wood

Prepare the Area

  • Remove the doors from the cabinets so that it is easier to work with.
  • Measure the height you want the cabinets to be installed at and mark the level line using a pencil. Use a measuring tape to ensure accuracy.
  • Use a stud finder to locate the wall studs behind the drywall. Mark the stud locations on the level line to know where to attach the cabinets securely.
  • Using a long piece of scrap wood, install a ledger board support right underneath the cabinet. Make sure it is screwed into at least two studs so that it can support the weight of the cabinet.
diy kitchen renovation before and after

Attach the Cabinet

  • Place the cabinet above the wood support and attach your first screw. Make sure you hit a stud so that it supports the weight of the cabinet.
  • Check the cabinet with a level to make sure it is straight.
  • Use shims if you need to make the cabinet level. (Wood or MDF Shims will both work)

Install Adjacent Cabinets (if applicable)

  • If you have multiple cabinets to install side by side, repeat the process, ensuring that they are level and properly aligned with each other.

Secure the Cabinets Together (if applicable)

  • If you have more than one cabinet, secure them together using screws through the sides or mounting brackets provided by the manufacturer.

The homeowner sets a new handle on the white cabinet with a screwdriver

Install Cabinet Hardware

  • Drill holes and attach cabinet handles or knobs to the cabinet doors and drawers according to your preference.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed your wall cabinets. Now you can enjoy the added storage and functionality they bring to your space!

Happy Remodeling!

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