How to Hang Cabinets
In the previous video we prepped the room
and marked guidelines for new kitchen cabinets. Next step is to hang the upper cabinets. They’re
easier to install before the base cabinets go in. Start by attaching a straight 1×4 ledger at
the 54-inch line. This will help support the cabinets while you’re hanging them.
Go ahead and remove the doors. It’s best to begin with a corner cabinet,
or from the left if you don’t have a corner unit. Using your outline on the wall, measure
the distance from the cabinet edge to the stud and transfer this to the cabinet. Remember
to account for the face frame. Drill holes through the cabinet backs at the
top, middle, and bottom. You’ll need to do this for each unit.
Set the cabinet in place and drive the mounting screws into the wall–just enough to hold
it, you’ll tighten them later. Check that it’s level and plumb, and shim behind if
needed. Onto cabinet #2. Set it into position. Line up the faces so
they’re even at the bottom and across the front, and clamp them together. Drive screws
in the back just enough to hold the cabinet for now. Again, use shims in the back to make
it plumb. Keeping the faces even, use a countersink/taper bit to drill through the face frames and connect
the cabinets with screws. And that’s how all the cabinets will be installed.
If your wall is really bowed, it helps to glue shims over the stud lines where you’ll
secure the mounting screws. This will prevent the cabinet backs from bowing when you drive
in the screws. Continue installing the rest of the cabinets.
Keep checking that the faces and edges are even. When you get to the ends you might have a
space between the cabinet and the wall. No worries. Filler strips can fix that. Measure
the gap at the top and bottom. Mark and cut the strip.
For uneven walls, mark the piece using a compass to scribe a line following the contours of
the wall. And cut. It helps to cut at a 7- to 10-degree
bevel to help fit the piece against the wall. Check the width of the piece and cut the cabinet
side. Or use a plane for minor adjustments. Drill holes through the frame, and attach
with screws. Once you have all of the cabinets connected,
drive in the rear screws and remove the clamps. Remove the ledger boards, and touch up any
spots on the walls. If you’re doing moulding, attach it with
finish nails and hang the doors. Adjust the hinges following the manufacturer’s directions
to make them even. Looks good so far. Want more great ideas and how-to’s? Go to
Lowes.com/HowTo or just click to subscribe. Next up, installing the base cabinets.