The following procedures are a simple way of
installing premade cabinets:
1. First, locate and mark the location of all wall
studs where the cabinets are to be hung. Find and
mark the highest point in the floor. This will ensure
the base cabinet is level on uneven floor surfaces.
(Shims should be used to maintain the cabinet at its
designated leveled height.)
2. Start the installation of a base cabinet with a
corner or end unit. After all base cabinets are in
position, fasten the cabinets together. To get
maximum holding power from screws, place one hole
close to the top and one close to the bottom.
3. Starting at the highest point in the floor, level
the leading edges of the cabinets. After leveling all
the leading edges, fasten them to the wall at the studs
to obtain maximum holding power.
4. Next, install the countertop on the base
cabinets making sure to drill or screw through the top.
5. Then, make a brace to help support the wall
cabinets while they are being fastened. Start the wall
cabinet installation with a corner or end cabinet.
Make sure you check for plumb and level as you
install these cabinets.
6. After installing the cabinets and checking for
plumb and level, join the wall cabinets through the
sides as you did with the base cabinets.
7. Finally, after they are plumb and level, secure
the cabinets to the wall at the studs for maximum
Here are some helpful hints for the general
construction of cabinets:
Cabinet parts are fastened together with screws
or nails. They are set below the surface, and
the holes are filled with putty. Glue is used at
all joints. Clamps should be used to produce
better fitting, glued joints.
A better quality cabinet is rabbeted where the
top, bottom, back, and side pieces come
together. However, butt joints are also used. If
panels are less than 3/4-inch thick, a
reinforcing block should be used with the butt
joint. Fixed shelves are dadoed into the sides.
Screws should go through the hanging strips
and into the stud framing. Never use nails.
Toggle bolts are required when studs are
inaccessible. Join units by first clamping them
together and then, while aligned, install bolts
Figure 3-74.-Types of drawer guides (view A) and faces (view B).