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Install pre-fabricated kitchen cabinets

  • Difficulty: hammer hammer
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    Beginner Do-It-Yourselfer - Easy
    Intermediate Do-It-Yourselfer - Moderate
    Experienced Do-It-Yourselfer - Difficult
    Professional - Expert
  • Completion Time : Week-end Project

The introduction of ready-to-assemble kitchen cabinets has revolutionized the possibilities of a dream kitchen for do-it-yourselfers. In fact there are cabinet kits available on the market for almost every style and design of kitchen cabinets. Although this project may require several hours of work it is relatively easy. The kitchen cabinets can be assembled with a few simple tools and then installed by two people.

As with any major project you should carefully plan ahead before getting started. This includes drawing a map of the kitchen area and deciding the main function of the kitchen.


Tools and materials required

Your kitchen transformation starts with a good plan. Download our planning guide and leave nothing to chance.


  • Clamps
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Jigsaw
  • Level
  • Measuring tape
  • Nail set
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Screwdrivers
  • Stud finder
  • Utility knife
  • Wax pencil


  • 1" x 3" boards
  • Decorative moulding
  • Finishing nails
  • Kitchen cabinets (and accessories)
  • Paint
  • Quarter round
  • Screws
  • Shims

Before Assembly


The cabinets mentioned here are called "face frame" cabinets. This means meaning they have a ¾" thick frame around the front of the cabinet box. (Frameless cabinets sometimes called European cabinets are box construction without the frame.)

Make a drawing of kitchen floor plan using graph paper. This will help keep the scale accurate. Mark out the room dimensions, appliance locations and all window and door spaces. Take this to a home improvement store and they will translate this into your kitchen. Make sure certain points are made:

  • Doors swing the right way
  • Finished panels on the ends
  • Toe kick and filler boards

When the cabinets arrive check and confirm the design and that the cabinets match the printout form the home improvement store.


Remove the old countertops, cabinets and appliances.

Patch any holes or any other drywall damage.

Install the flooring before the base cabinets. This will save time and mess cutting and fitting.

Paint the walls and the ceiling beforehand. This will make a neater job.

Select trim moulding based on the style of the kitchen as well as the cabinets.



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Install pre-fabricated kitchen cabinets