How to Install Upper Kitchen Cabinets

Written by Eric Brophy. Posted in Adjustable shelving hardware, Repurposing furniture, Spice storage

Owning a home is a major accomplishment for most people. Considering that, you’re likely to want to show your home off to others. However, an outdated kitchen might be preventing you from achieving this goal. Therefore, you might be thinking that it’s time to update the cabinets in your kitchen. In fact, statistics show that kitchen cabinet demand throughout the United States is estimated to reach $17.1 billion by 2021. You can even choose to paint your new cabinets. A recent study found that nearly 47% of millennials prefer to have the classic look of white kitchen cabinets. Before you have renovated cabinets, these items will need to be properly installed. With that in mind, here is how to properly install upper kitchen cabinets.

Creating Outline and Placing Support Boards

The first step you’ll want to take is to ensure that you’re working on a level surface. After you’ve created a level space, place your support or ledger board along the wall where you’ll be working. This board gives your cabinets support while they’re being installed. It’s wise to start placing cabinets within a corner unit. If you’re working with a different setup, start from either the left or right side.

Placing Your First Cabinet

In order to begin placing your first cabinet, you’ll want to drill holes through the backs of these items. These holes need to be located at the top, middle, at bottom of your cabinets. Drilling holes through each of these sections ensure your cabinets remain firmly in place.

Connecting Cabinet Frames Together

After your first cabinet is firmly in place, it’s time to connect another frame. This time you’ll need woodworking clamps in order to attach the two cabinet frames together. Many homeowners prefer the durability of Bessey clamp sets. Owning a Bessey clamp set ensures you’ll complete this job faster than if you only had a single clamp. After clamping together your first and second cabinets together, you can begin drilling your next set of holes. While installing your cabinets, make sure that they remain parallel to each other.

Finishing the Installation Process

Eventually, you should have all of your cabinets placed in a row. Once this is completed, you can begin inserting the rear screws. After inserting these rear screws, it will be safe to remove your clamps. If you notice there are any gaps, experts recommend using what is known as filler strips to correct these problems. After your cabinets are properly installed, you’ll want to remove your ledger board. In addition, this is the perfect time to touch up any damages that occurred during this installation.

In closing, it’s important to know how to install upper kitchen cabinets. Statistics show that cabinets make up for nearly 40-50% of all total kitchen remodeling costs. Considering that, it’s important to ensure that these items are properly installed. If you’re in need of tools for this job, considering owning a Bessey clamp set. Many people prefer Bessey tools for their durability. You should be able to these items from any company selling quality clamp replacement parts and accessories.

Eric Brophy

Eric Brophy

I’m Eric Brophy, a carpenter and homebuilder with 16 years experience doing the job right, the old-fashioned way. What they used to say is true — measure twice, cut once. If you plan out a project from the start, with blueprints, a bill of materials, the whole nine yards, you may seem to be wasting time at the start, but it’s time saved on having to do the job again when it just doesn’t fit. Whether you’re building in the city or off the grid, ground-up or touch-up, I can guarantee you’ll find home improvement tips for your next DIY project at home.
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I’m Eric Brophy, a carpenter and homebuilder with 16 years experience doing the job right, the old-fashioned way. What they used to say is true — measure twice, cut once. If you plan out a project from the start, with blueprints, a bill of materials, the whole nine yards, you may seem to be wasting time at the start, but it’s time saved on having to do the job again when it just doesn’t fit. Whether you’re building in the city or off the grid, ground-up or touch-up, I can guarantee you’ll find home improvement tips for your next DIY project at home.

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