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Disclaimers and Warnings

The information below is a general guideline, it cannot replace a professional advice. If you do not have a prior experience with cabinet installation, we recommend hiring a professional contractor to do the work or advise on the installation. Installation steps, tools, and supplies often depend on a cabinet type, wall surface, molding selection, and other factors. Disconnect gas, electric, water, and other utility lines before installation. Mark all utility lines to avoid driving screws, drilling holes, and other possible contacts during cabinet installation. It is very important to wear safety goggles and other protective equipment. We strive to provide accurate cabinet information. However, each project is different and our guidelines and instructions are not intended to cover all possible situations or questions that may occur during installation. Cabinet installation is a skill that cannot be learned entirely from reading an instruction sheet. We are not responsible for any damage or injuries that may occur during installation or as a result of installation.

Tools & Supplies

Non inclusive list of tools and other items:

  • Drill We recommend a powerful cordless drill.
  • Level Short and long levels will be needed. It is recommended to have both types.
  • Tape Measure Tape measure is essential at every stage of any remodeling project.
  • Screwdriver It is recommended to have both phillips and flathead screwdrivers.
  • Pencil Carpenter pencil markings are easier to paint over, they are not normally visible through paint.
  • Stud Finder Finding exact stud locations is very important for cabinet installation.
  • Shims Shims can help to level base cabinets. Shims can also be used to compensate for uneven walls.
  • Clamps Clamps will help to join two or more cabinets together.
  • 2x4 (or similar) piece of lumber 2x4 boards are needed to provide a temporary support while hanging wall cabinets.
  • Cabinet Screws Cabinets do not come with installation screws. We offer cabinets in different construction types, our products come from different manufacturers. Installation screw length generally depends on a cabinet and wall construction. The information below applies to walls with a standard wood stud and drywall construction type.
    You need to take into account the wall material, cabinet back panel thickness (including installation and/or hanging rails), drywall/plaster thickness, and wall imperfections. The installation screws must be long enough to penetrate wood studs by at least 1½”.
    Consult with a contractor or a cabinet industry professional for other wall materials (concrete, masonry, etc.).

    Separate screws will be needed to join cabinets together. Length and type of cabinet-to-cabinet screws will depend on cabinet construction. Framed and frameless cabinets usually require different screws. Width/thickness of rails and side panels may vary.

    Additional screws may be needed for molding and accessory installation depending on a project scope.
  • IMPORTANT: DO NOT USE NAILS Never attach cabinets to drywall or plaster only, installation screws must fit securely into studs or other strong structural surface. Use screws that are specifically designed for kitchen cabinet installation.

Buildipedia Cabinet Installation Video

Installation articles

Links below will provide a general idea on the process.

Old House Online - Cabinet Installation Information
HGTV Network - Cabinet Installation Information