Project Guide

How to Install Kitchen Cabinets

1
LOCATE STUDS IN WALL
Locate studs wall - Install Kitchen Cabinets
  • Use a stud finder to locate the studs in the wall.
  • Mark the center of the studs with a pencil.
  • Extend the lines up and down the wall with a 4-foot level, making sure you keep the lines plumb.
2
LOCATE HIGH SPOTS IN THE FLOOR
Locate high spots floor - Install Kitchen Cabinets
  • Place a straight 2 x 4-inch piece of lumber on the floor against the wall and place a 4-foot level on top of it.
  • Shim the low end of the 2 x 4-inch board until you get a level reading.
  • Transfer the top of the level line to the wall and extend it around the room.
  • The point at which the distance between the line and floor is smallest is the high spot.
  • Begin laying out the cabinets from the high spot.
  • Mark it with an X.
3
MARK THE TOP OF BASE CABINETS
Mark top base cabinets - Install Kitchen Cabinets
  • Mark the top of the base cabinets on the wall.
  • Begin at the high point on the floor and measure up 34 ½-inches.
  • Extend a level line around the room at this height.
4
MARK BOTTOM OF WALL CABINETS
Mark bottom wall cabinets - Install Kitchen Cabinets
  • Draw a level line 19 ½ inches above the top line of the base cabinets that you drew in the last step.
  • Mark all of the cabinets on the wall with a pencil and level to double-check your layout.