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Kitchen Cabinet Installation Guide - Step By Step

Kitchen Cabinet Installation Guide - Step By Step

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Your kitchen is the heart of your home. You cook meals, eat breakfast, and entertain guests there. Why not make it look its best? A fresh coat of paint or new kitchen cabinets can do wonders for your space. But if you're not sure how to install them, don't worry. We've got you covered. Here are some tips on how to prepare for your cabinet installation so it looks great in your kitchen.

Installing kitchen cabinets is a daunting task, but it is not impossible. If you are comfortable using power tools and have some basic carpentry skills. You can save money on the cost of hiring someone else to do this for you. By installing your own cabinets, you will also save money on labor costs.

What are kitchen cabinets? 

Kitchen cabinets are one of the most important pieces of furniture in the kitchen. They provide storage for dishes, pots, pans, and food. Cabinets also define the look and feel of the kitchen. There are many different types of cabinets. The most common are base cabinets, wall cabinets, tall cabinets, and appliance cabinets. 

kitchen cabinet structure

A kitchen cabinet is usually made up of many components. Such as carcase, kitchen cabinet doors, decorative parts, appliances, and various accessories. 

Appliances include stoves, range hoods, dishwashers, microwaves, refrigerators, and ovens.

The accessories include a handle, hinge, drawer slides, basket, sink, faucet, tap, flap-up door support, kickboard, bulkhead, adjustable leg, LED light, etc. These accessories help to improve your cabinets' functionality and usability.

The decorative parts of the kitchen are the top of the pillars, the range hood cover, and the ending panel. These parts should be designed carefully. It is especially for the narrow place kitchen which only consists of several parts. Yet, even a mini kitchen should be able to provide the cooking function.

Cabinets come in a variety of materials. It includes solid wood, laminate, stainless steel, and aluminum. They can also be painted to match any color scheme.

What you should check before kitchen cabinet installation?

Installing kitchen cabinets is a big job, and if you're not careful, it can also be a costly one. Here are a few things to check before you start: 

1) Cabinet boards

Every single cabinet board must be free of warping and damage. If even one is damaged, you will need to replace it before installation. All the boards were cut and drilled based on approved drawings. They are ready to assemble into a full kitchen set.

2) Cabinet organizer

Make sure that the hardware is in good condition and does not need to be replaced. Damaged hardware will cause problems with installation.

3) Check the floor

Make sure the floor is clean and dry. This is important if you're installing cabinets over tile or linoleum. Any dirt or moisture under the cabinet can cause problems down the road.

4) Check the wall

Inspect the walls for damage and make any necessary repairs before installation begins. If you're using drywall screws to install your cabinets. Please make sure the walls are sturdy enough to support them.

5) Check the ceiling height

 Check the height of your ceiling and make any adjustments to the cabinet plans if necessary.

6) Check the obstructions

Remove any obstructions from around the area where the cabinets will go. This includes electrical outlets, light switches, etc. that might get in the way.

The materials you need before modular kitchen cabinet installation

Most people remodel their kitchens with new cabinets, countertops, and appliances. If you are doing a kitchen remodel and including new cabinets. There are some materials you will need before installation can begin. 

1) Cabinet drawings

You will need to have the exact measurements of the space where the cabinets will be installed. This will ensure that the cabinets you order will fit in the space. 

2) Installation guide from your cabinet supplier

This guide will tell you how to install the cabinets and what tools you will need for the job. 

3) kitchen cabinet installation tools 

    Impact drill

    Electric drill

    Measuring ruler

    Marking pen





Once you have all the necessary tools and supplies. It's time to start planning your installation. Measure the space where the cabinets will go and mark the position of each cabinet with a pencil. Then use a drill bit that's smaller than your screws to make pilot holes in each marked spot. This will help keep the screws from splitting the wood.

Step-by-step Instructions for cabinet installation

Unloading and sorting packages are the most important step in putting together your kitchen.

If you order a large number of kitchen cabinets from China. It’s very important to find the cabinet packages specific to that room. It will save you a lot of time and money if you follow these instructions.

Unloading and distinguishing kitchen cabinet packages

Step 1. Unload the packages from the container;

Step 2. Distinguish packages according to the shipping mark;

Step 3. Delivering packages to the right room at the site.

When installing cabinets. It is important that you take your time and measure everything correctly. This will help to ensure a proper installation and prevent any damage to the cabinets or your walls. Here are the 13 steps you need to take for a successful cabinet installation:

#1. Remove the old cabinets and hardware

#2. Measure the space

The new cabinets will be installed and make sure to note the height, width, and depth of the opening.

#3. Base kitchen cabinet installation

Installing base kitchen cabinets is a home improvement project that anyone can complete successfully. It takes some knowledge about how to go about it and what tools you'll need, but it's not especially difficult. Here are the steps you should use when you install base kitchen cabinets.

Base kitchen cabinet installation

Step 1: Place the side boards on the floor. Use the cam-locks to attach the boards to the baseboard;

Step 2: Connecting the bottom panel to the sideboard, and tighten the cam lock;

Step 3: Attach the brace to the side panel and tighten it;

Step 4: Attaching the front brace to the sideboard, and tighten it;

Step 5: Attach the side panel. To connect with the bottom panel, back, and front brace as a complete cabinet frame installation;

Step 6: Insert a 5mm backboard into both slots of the sideboards;

Step 7: Tightening the backboard and back brace;

Step 8: Fix plastic adjustable legs with a self-tapping screw to the bottom panel. Uses 4~6 pieces of ADJ legs per cabinet.

Step 9: At the end of this process, attach the shelf to the cabinet. The unit is completed.

#4. Install the kitchen wall cabinet

The step-by-step cabinet installation guide will tell you how to install kitchen wall cabinets with ease. Whatever it is, whether a kitchen island or corner cabinet. You will get a clear idea of the kitchen cabinet installation kit. The detailed and illustrated step-by-step instructions are very easy to understand. Even if you have no previous experience.

Install kitchen wall cabinet

Step 1: Place the side boards on the floor, and fix the cam-lock set to the holes;

Step 2: Connect the bottom panel to the sideboard, and tighten the cam lock;

Step 3: Fix the vertical brace to the bottom board and then tighten it;

Step 4: Fix the top panel, sideboard, and vertical board, and then tighten it;

Step 5: Insert the 5mm backboard into the slot of the sideboard and the bottom panel;

Step 6: Attach the sideboard to the bottom panel;

Step 7: Set the cabinet hanging fitting bracket on the wall. And fix the hanger set on the side boards of the wall unit cabinet using 30mm length screws. Stretch the hook of the hanger set to the hanging fitting bracket.

Step 8: Finally, attach the shelf to the cabinet. Now your cabinet is complete.

After you have installed the base and wall cabinets. It’s time to place the unit cabinets in the designated room. 

#5. How to place the base unit cabinet in the designated room? 

There are a few things you need to know. Keep reading to find out how to place your unit in the room of your choice.

1) Install the base cabinets first, and then the wall cabinets;

2) Put the cabinets in a specific order or sequence. Front left to right or right to left;

3) The walled-in side with two ends should be installed first and the open side last. Refer to the diagram for details;

4) The layout of the cabinet should consider the location of water pipes and electricity sources.

base cabinet

Once you have your cabinets arranged by size, they should be placed horizontally. To make this happen, adjust the height of the plastic adjustable feet located at both ends of the cabinet.

#6. How to fix wall cabinets?

After the base cabinets are arranged, leveled, and positioned. The next step will be to hang the wall cabinets. The wall cabinets are mounted with a hanging bracket. So the hanging piece must be positioned first:

1) Before you hang the cabinet, it's important to know how high it needs to be. Draw a horizontal line on the wall that is the same height as the top of the cabinet. Then, 50 millimeters lower, draw a second horizontal line. To locate the drilling height of the hanger;

2) Use a drill to create the hole on the bracket for hanging the wall cabinet.  This will allow you to hang up the cabinet on the wall. Afterward, hang up the wall cabinet with the bracket on the wall;

3) The hanging bracket can be adjusted to the height of the drawing. So that the wall cabinet can be hung at the height of the drawing.

wall cabinets

#7. Fillers

Ensure that your base cabinetry and wall cabinetry are completely and securely installed. It's important to fill in the gaps with filers.

install fillers

#8. Drawers and kitchen cabinet doors installation


The most common kitchen cabinet door hinge is the DTC and the Austrian Blum soft-closing. And they can both be installed in a similar way.

After installing the cabinet door panel. The height and inclination of the door can be adjusted with screws. This ensures the door will open and close smoothly. And that the seam will be straight and consistent in size.

Drawer slides

When you install a drawer slide, there are two options. The first is a soft-closing imported Blum, and the other is a domestic DTC. It has the options of under-mounted, ball bearing, and tandem box. All of these slides can be installed in different ways. Please refer to the instructions configured by the rail manufacturers.

The drawer installation requires a smooth drawing. If the buffer rail is installed. It is necessary to ensure that the drawer has a good buffer effect before the installation is qualified to proceed.

Drawers and kitchen cabinet doors installation

#9. The ending panel

The cabinet side panel is also known as the ending panel. The side panel is often made out of the same material as the door panels. This gives the cabinet a sense of elegance. The side panel is installed using 30mm screws, which must be installed from inside to outside. 

Installing ending panel

#10. Handles

The handle was installed based on the drawings. The handle is first marked by the position, then drilled into place, and finally, the handle is installed.

Installing handles

#11. Appliances

Please refer to the instructions on how to install electrical appliances. The same instructions apply when attempting to install shelves, kickers, and bulkheads.

Installing appliances

#12. Countertop

When installing a sink and a stove. You must first create a hole in the sink and stove and then install them separately. At the same time, ensure that the drain connection is tight and leak-proof. It is necessary to adjust the faucet of the sink.

Installing countertop

#13. Cabinet organizer

For pull-out baskets, drawer slides, flat-up door fittings, and folding doors. Please refer to the installation instructions configured by the original manufacturers.

Installation complete


To make sure that the installation was done. We should confirm the following steps:

1) Check to see if the cabinet color matches the approved drawing;

2) The cabinet installation job should be performed according to the design drawings. And workers should not deviate from the specifications;

3) The wall cabinet and the wall must be firmly attached to each other to prevent them from moving;

4) All the cabinet doors and drawers should function smoothly when opened and closed;

5) Be sure to check for scratches and dents on the surfaces of your cabinets and drawers;

6) The edges of the cabinets should be blunt.

What about DIY kitchen cabinet installation?

If you order a kitchen cabinet from LOWE, IKEA, or from a Chinese factory, what should you do? Here are step-by-step instructions for installing kitchen cabinets:

1) Unload and unpack kitchen cabinet accessory packages;

2) Identify and classify the accessories for different parts;

3) Assemble the big items first and then the small ones.


Installing kitchen cabinets is a big job, but it's not as difficult as you might think. And it can be a difficult task for someone who does not work in this industry. So It is also best for people to have kitchen cabinet installation services for this job. As the professional will have better knowledge of how to install a kitchen wall cabinet properly. It helps the ower to have a cabinet installed in a great way and not get damaged easily.

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