Getting Ready to Set Up Your Kitchen Cabinets

You have taken that first big step and decided on getting a new kitchen.  Congratulations!  And since we can assume you are a logical and discerning person, you have decided on the best type of kitchen cabinet in terms of quality, price and longevity, which is RTA kitchen cabinets.  But even though you have saved a bunch of money out of your budget by going with RTA kitchen cabinets, you still want to save more, and one great way to do that is to install them yourself.  Setting up your kitchen cabinets can seem like a daunting task, but with a few simple steps beforehand, you can be well on your way to installing your kitchen like a pro!

Measure, Measure Again, and Repeat!

We know you have measured out your kitchen before you bought your cabinets, but now is the time to install them, and you need to make sure you know what you are doing, and have a quick visual reference of where those cabinets are going to go.  One thing the pros will tell you, it would be hard to find a kitchen anywhere without pencil marks on the walls behind the cabinets.  That’s right, even the professional installers need these visual references.  Take the layout that you made for your kitchen using’s free online kitchen design tool  and go ahead and begin marking out where your cabinets go on the walls.  We suggest taking all of your cabinets and numbering them, both on the wall and on the corresponding cabinet (where the marks won’t be seen after installation, of course) to make it easy on yourself once you begin installing.  Make sure you also have a carpenter’s square, to easily mark off 90-degree angles that you can fit your cabinets to.

Get Your Tools Together!

The tools you will need will be few, and include a drill motor with drills and bits, a screwdriver, a cabinet lift (you can rent them easily and cheaply), a tape measure, pencils, a utility knife, shims, a level, and a jigsaw if you are installing a sink.  It’s really that easy!  If you have a wall or floor that isn’t perfectly square or flat, there may be sections where you need to use shims to compensate for that wall.  Take these few steps before you begin installing your cabinets, and your install will go much easier.  Good luck!

By the way, if you haven’t gotten to the stage where you have already ordered your cabinets yet, and want to avoid costly mistakes and make the best choices in kitchen cabinets, The Consumer’s Guide to Kitchen Cabinets tells you what you need to know. Click that link now to get your free copy (plus two bonus reports).

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