Fitting a corner kitchen cabinet yourself can be a daunting task. If you do complete the task yourself, it can save you a lot of money. Corner cabinets are usually the first to get installed before the other complementary cabinets are secured in their rightful place.
Determining the right kind of corner kitchen cabinet is an extremely important task before you start fitting it. You need to make a choice between a face-frame of a frameless cabinet. For a more conventional look, a face frame would suit you while if you are looking to modernize your kitchen, frameless cabinets are the one for you. Once you have selected the right kind of corner kitchen cabinet, it is time to fit it in the appropriate place.
Tools and Materials Required
- Stud Finder Or A Pivoting Magnet
- Tape Measure
- Drilling Machine
- Spirit Level
- Wood Shims
- Power Drill With Tip
- 2 And 1/2 Inch Long Grabber Screws
Step 1: Locating the Wooden Stud
First you need to make use of your stud finder. A stud finder gives you an eye inside the wall by accurately locating where each was previously placed. In case you don’t have a stud finder, you need not worry. Use a small pivoting magnet to locate the nails that had been driven into the stud. This will be a test of patience however, but once the job is done, make a small mark on the location of each stud so you do not have to search for them again. Now using your tape measure, see how far is each stud from the corner of the kitchen where you want to fit in the cabinet.
Step 2: Marking and Drilling the Cabinet
Now in line with the marks on the wall, you need to use your pencil to mark the cabinet too. It would be best if you use the measuring tape once again to achieve accuracy. Being a bit more careful will save you unnecessary work. Use your drilling machine to drill holes of size 1/8-inch through the back of the cabinet where you placed the marks.
Step 3: Positioning the Cabinet
You will need some help in pushing the cabinet into position. If the cabinet is an upper unit, ask two helpers to lift the cabinet into position while you mark on the wall where the bottom of the cabinet will be installed. Be extra careful in performing work involving heavyweight articles to avoid accidents.
Step 4: Leveling the Cabinet
Using your spirit level, you need to accurately level your cabinet. Make sure your leveler is working properly and also that it is positioned correctly before starting the procedure. It is recommended to install wood shims between the cabinet and the wall corner to level it properly.
Step 4: Installing Grabber Screws
In each hole that you drilled, you need to install a two-and-a-half inch grabber screw. Once the job is done, the cabinet can be securely attached to the wall. There you have it. You not only have more space to hide those cookies from the children, your kitchen already looks classier and more complete than ever!