Most people seem to start at the top and work downwards when fitting new kitchen cabinets. If this is comfortable then carry on that way. However, there is another way (or two) that you can try.
Could There be Another Way?
Have you thought about starting by installing the lower cupboards first?
The single hardest thing about fitting kitchen cabinets is getting the levels right. Starting from the bottom makes this easier.
You can ensure there is sufficient space for your appliances.
Good Reasons to Do the Top Cabinets First
It will be a little easier to hold the upper cabinets in place
You won’t risk scratching your new worktop
There is no issue if you drop a screw driver or a tool onto the newly installed bottom cabinets.
You can shunt the cupboards upwards if necessary
Why You Shouldn’t Install the Top Ones First
Sometimes you might find that your cabinets are not quite placed right and need to be moved a little. If you install the top cabinets first, they will already be fixed in place. You won’t know where your base cupboards are going to finish up and your calculations may be off.
If this is the case you will have to remove the upper cabinets again. You must also be careful not to remove a lot from the bases if you have made a mistake. Large appliances, such as dish washers, need a certain amount of room. You could cut a little off the top and use edging to hide it or reduce the amount of space that is available between the worktop and the top cabinets.
Do you have storage for your appliances? These are often installed as the last part and, if your measurements are out they won’t fit. You could end up having to remove the uppers and then reinstall them at the end, wasting time and effort.
How do You Keep Those Base Cupboards and Worktops Safe?
If you are worried about damaging your lower cabinets while fitting the top ones, simply lay a blanket over the top of them. You also gain extra workspace while you are fitting the top ones.
Hire or Buy a T-Jak, Or Similar
It’s worth investing in a T-Jak or something similar. These are handy to help you hold the top cabinets up. If you not wanting to buy one, see if you can rent one.
Even if you find it hard getting hold of one, you should still consider starting with the base cabinets first. You could always get someone to help you with the top ones.
These are a few of the essential things you need to think about.
List of Essential Items for Installing Your Cabinets
An accurate level
Pencils, tape measure/measuring device.
Something to cover you floor, worktop and base cabinets
Drill, drill bits
Electric screw driver and bits
Stud finding tool
Wood to fix to the base tops to install the worktop onto.
T-Jak or something similar
Nail and staple guns
Mini air compressor
Tools You Might Want to Have at Hand
Electric saw with blades
About the Author
Jay Martins is a Kitchen Cabinet Specialist and a writer that blogs regularly on topics relating to Kitchen Cabinetry New Jersey and Home Remodeling Projects.