How to Attach Laminate Countertops

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Replacing a laminate countertop is an affordable kitchen update for the handy homeowner. Preformed laminate countertops are available in a wide variety of colors, and can give a kitchen a whole new look in an afternoon. If you’re in the process of replacing a countertop, you may be hindered trying to get the laminate to stay tight to the wall. The trick is to attach the countertop to the base cabinets in your kitchen, and although you’ll need a helper it’s not too hard to do.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill
  • Drill bit (1 size smaller than wood screws supplied with countertop)
  • Construction adhesive
  • Screwdriver bit
  • Level the countertop to be sure it will fit tight to the wall and cabinets; shim if needed; remove from cabinets.

  • Locate the braces on the bottom of the counter. There will be extra strips of wood along the back and on the front corners of the countertop.

  • Drill a pilot hole in each of the braces, using a drill bit that is one size smaller than the wood screws that came with the countertop.

  • Squeeze a bead of construction adhesive along the back and sides of the cabinet edges where the countertop will rest.

  • Lift the countertop into place, taking care to keep the bead of adhesive intact until the weight of the countertop presses it down.

  • Screw the countertop through the pilot holes into the back wall and to the front of the cabinet, using the wood screws provided. Have a helper check the countertop as you secure it to be sure it doesn’t shift from its designated location while you work.

Tips & Warnings

  • Install the sink before attaching the countertop.
  • Check the drawers and doors of the cabinet to be sure they open and shut properly before the countertop is attached.
  • Always wear eye protection when using power tools.

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