How to Install Kraftmaid Base Cabinets

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Kraftmaid makes cabinets that are welcome additions to any kitchen. There are a variety of styles and wood types to pick from to suit your preferences and plans for your kitchen. There are a few things to consider when installing the base cabinets so that they will be installed correctly. Take the time to do it right, since they will probably be in place for around 20 years.

Things You'll Need

  • Electric drill
  • Level
  • Measuring tape
  • Masking tape
  • Wooden shims

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Set your cabinets in place on the floor in the position you would like them to sit. Make sure you have saved enough space for the stove, the dishwasher and the refrigerator, if they are going to be included in this installation. It is best if you can do a dry run with everything in place.

Mark out the layout with masking tape and write on the tape the label of the cabinet or appliance going in its place. Mark down the measurements of the items on the tape.

Remove the doors and drawers so you can gain access to the inside of the cabinets. This will allow you to clamp them together. Set all the extra pieces aside.

Make sure the floor is level. If you find that there is a noticeable difference, use shims to level the cabinets. Make sure you check the level in both directions. If the whole room is slanted, make a mark on the wall to show the high point with a line to the low point, and install the cabinets along that line.

Mark the wall above each cabinet area where the wall studs are located. You will need to drill into them for a secure installation. Use chalk or masking tape so you can remove it after the cabinets are in place. Shim the cabinets up, if necessary, to meet the level line.

Drill a hole through the mounting rail inside the cabinet, about 3/4 inch down from the top. Go through the cabinet and into the wood stud. Screw the cabinet in place with the included screws.

Set the next cabinet in place and clamp it together with the installed cabinet, making sure it is sitting straight and level. Drill a hole through the inside, through the end panels, and screw them together. Remove the clamps.

Install the rest of the cabinets in the same method. When they are all installed, put the drawers back on their slides and the doors back on the cabinets.

Tips & Warnings

  • If there are any outlets on the wall behind the base cabinets, have an electrician bring them up to counter level. Base cabinets not along a wall need to be screwed into the floor.
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