How to Install a Kitchen Pantry Cabinet

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Installing a pantry cabinet can be done yourself.
Installing a pantry cabinet can be done yourself. (Image: kitchen image by Rich Johnson from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Installing pantry cabinets is similar to installing smaller cabinets. Extreme caution should be used when maneuvering large cabinets to avoid scratching the cabinet or existing walls. Pantry cabinets can be installed in kitchens, laundry rooms, bathrooms and others. You must attach the cabinet to the studs inside the wall to secure it. Most pantry cabinets will come with a detached toe kick so the cabinet can be turned inside the room without hitting the ceiling.

Things You'll Need

  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Shims
  • Power drill
  • 1 box of 2-1/2-inch grabber screws

Locate the studs inside the wall where the pantry cabinet will be installed using a stud finder. Mark the studs on the wall using a pencil.

Place the detached toe kick into position on the floor. Screw the toe kick to the wall using a power drill and 2-1/2-inch grabber screws. Space the grabber screws 12 inches apart.

Use a pencil to mark a line on the wall where the edges of the cabinet will sit.

Measure from that line to where each stud is located. This will allow you to know right where to place the screw inside the back of the cabinet during installation.

Lift the pantry cabinet onto the detached toe kick. Slide the cabinet into position, aligning the edge of the cabinet up to the lines you previously drew on the wall.

Use a level to make sure the cabinet is even. Install shims if needed. A shim is a wooden wedge. Shims can be purchased at any home improvement store. Install shims underneath the cabinet between the toe kick and the actual cabinet. This will raise the cabinet to make it level. Make sure the cabinet is perfectly level before proceeding.

Measure to where each stud is inside the cabinet. Mark the line at the center of the stud. Make a mark using a pencil. Place a 2-1/2-inch grabber screw at each mark and fasten the cabinet using a power drill. Continue until all the screws have been installed. The amount of grabber screws will vary depending on the width of the cabinet, but be sure to install at least screws at each stud at the top, bottom and center of the cabinet.

Check to make sure the cabinet is level.

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