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Spirit level: to make sure you do not drill in the timber on a crooked angle. It’s good to have one whenever you are installing or fixating anything in your household. Always keep it near the tools.
Piece of Timber: Nothing fancy, just make sure the timber is at least 20mm thick. This will need to be drilled into the wall to support the weight of your cabinet as you are installing it. Be sure that the timber is roughly the same length as your cabinet.
Power drill with screws: We strongly recommend you do not try to hammer some nails or manually screw them in. Try and use a square headed screw at least 2 1/2 inches long. The square head will stay on the drill tip allowing you to hold the drill in one hand and (if needed) the cabinet with the other.
Fillers (dependant): Filler strips are small pieces of wood placed between the wall and the side of the cabinet, allowing cabinet doors to open. They can also be used to cover any gaps between kitchen cabinets. They should have the same finish as the cabinets, and are one to three inches wide, and sometimes wider.
Assistant: Have a friend, partner, or family member to hold the timber at the correct angle while you drill it in. Once the cabinet is resting on top of the supporting timber, have your assistant holding the cabinet against the wall while you drill the screws in.
1. Plan the location: make measurements and mark dimensions of where the cabinet will be.
2. Use spirit level to check that the angle of the border is not off.
3. Drill in one end of the timber.
4. Check spirit level before drilling in other end. Have your assistant firmly hold the timber.
5. To lighten the load, remove all doors, shelves, and any other detachable items from the cabinet.
6. Have assistant firmly holding the cabinet against the wall on the supporting timber while you drill.
7. Remove timber.
Things to Consider
Is your kitchen wall prepared?
In most cases, we would assume that your wall is either plain or stripped. Ultimately, we don’t want any cabinet installation to be happening over tiles or splashbacks.
Is your cabinet next to a wall or Range hood?
In other words, would you be able to open the cabinet doors if the cabinet is right next to a wall? And while we’re here, would you be able to open those doors in a hurry? Without them getting scraped against the range hood? You also don’t want the handles bouncing against the wall and gradually leaving a dent. Remember to use fillers.
Number of screws
When you are drilling, make sure you have fortified each corner inside the cabinet as well as the middle (top and bottom) so that there are no hanging gaps. While the cabinet may appear secure after just a few screws, time and the pull of gravity may prove different.
For basics on cabinets, please visit our Cabinet Types page.