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A step-by-step guide to installing kitchen cabinets

With Kitchen Click Direct you can replace only your kitchen units and doors to give your existing kitchen an amazing facelift at a fraction of the cost of a full refit.

Thanks to the innovative ‘one click’ technology that our units use, they can be assembled five times faster than traditional units and you don’t need tools or glue. They are strong, robust and durable and available in a wide range of sizes and styles, so can be adapted to fit any space.

So, once you have browsed our online store, chosen your style and ordered your units and doors, have a read of our step-by-step guide to installing kitchen cabinets…

 

Step one – measure and mark

Once you have removed your old units and prepared the area for installing kitchen cabinets, you need to measure and mark your walls.

Measure the height of the base cabinets, then add a further inch and a half for a standard countertop a further 18 inches for a standard backsplash, then draw a true horizontal line at this point, which will represent the total measurement from the floor to the bottom of your upper cabinets.

 

Use this as a guide for hanging your upper cabinets, paying close attention to and marking out where the wall studs (use a stud finder if you can) and the position of any electrical wires or plumbing – be careful not to pierce these when drilling or screwing your cabinets into the wall.

 

Step two – fit a guide board

Fit a temporary screwboard along your wall line, which will be used to support the weight of the cabinets during the installation. Ensure it’s flush and level.
Then, place your end cabinet on top and position it where it needs to be. Check to ensure it’s level and when happy, attach to the wall studs. Repeat the process, installing one cabinet at a time until they are all in place, flush, secure and level.

Once all the cabinets are in place, attach the doors and hardware and then remove the guide board.

 

Step three – fit the base cabinets

Firstly, determine if your floor is level or not. If not, find the highest point in the floor along the wall where the cabinets will be installed and mark it lightly with a pencil. Use this as your guide.

Install your first cabinet to this mark if possible, by placing it to the wall and adjusting the legs to ensure the top is level at all corners.

Once you’re happy, attach the first cabinet into place by fastening it into the wall studs.

Once the first cabinet is in place, use it as a guide to build the other cabinets around it, using a spirit level to make sure that each one is level and adjusting the legs where necessary to ensure stability on the floor.

 

Repeat the process until all of the base cabinets are in place. Once happy, attach the doors and hardware and you’re good to go.

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