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How to Build Your Own Kitchen Cabinets: Tips and Tricks — If you love spending time in the kitchen, you know how important it is to have a space that fits your lifestyle, taste, and wallet. The kitchen is more than just a place to cook and eat; it’s also a place to enjoy and connect with your loved ones. That’s why you need a kitchen that reflects your personality and preferences. One way to achieve that is to build your own kitchen cabinets from scratch.
DIY Kitchen Cabinet Plans & Ideas, Fixing Kitchen Cabinets to Walls
Kitchen cabinets can be purchased built-up or in DIY flatpacks, complete with all the necessary components to assemble them such as door handles, hinges, and screws. They are relatively simple to assemble by the average DIY person who can achieve a well-finished, professional job.
We begin with measuring the kitchen, drawing a plan of the kitchen, and then, using the plan, see where the wall and floor cabinets are best suited to be located.
Planning the Layout
It is beneficial to visit a few local DIY stores to get kitchen cabinet brochures (or download them from the website) and select a shortlist of DIY kitchen cabinet plans that suit your taste and budget.
The first step is to make a plan by measuring the length and height of the kitchen walls. This will include the size and location of kitchen doors, windows, upright refrigerator, and stove hood as the cabinets will have to fit around these, nicely spaced out. This is the most important step. Measure twice.
Below you will find a kitchen planner in Excel software which is similar to the one available from the cabinet supplier, but they will produce a computer 3D plan from the dimensions on the plan. Find a view of a kitchen plan at the end of the article as an example.
The bottom kitchen cabinets are fitted vertically below the wall units under the countertops, except where the dishwasher stove, and so on are placed.
Once the plan is complete, calculate the number of cabinets required using the cabinet dimensions from the store brochure; fortunately, the width and depth of the wall and floor cabinets are standardized. Then, visit the DIY store and make your final selection from the cabinets in the kitchen display section.
Assembly of the Kitchen Cabinets
First, once the cabinets are delivered, check the parts supplied against the parts list. This may take a while, but will save time in the long run because if parts are missing you can start chasing the supplier right away.
The assembly instructions are usually clear and easy to follow with diagrams and sequences, showing the tools required for assembly; flat and cross-cut screwdrivers, a small hammer, a mitering box, and wood glue. I wouldn’t recommend the use of a power screwdriver to tighten the special fixing screws.
The only problem I had in assembly was the building up of drawer packs, especially lining up the steel runners on the edge of the drawer, but there are small pinholes to show the location of the very small fixing screws.
Once the cabinets are assembled (leave the doors off until the cabinets are fixed in position) it is time to attach them to the walls.
Attaching Cabinets to the Walls
It is essential to attach the cabinet to a stud behind the drywall as some of these cabinets carry a lot of weight, especially if used to store heavy crockery, dinner sets, or canned food. Use a stud finder to mark your studs before beginning.
Remember to use a level to make sure the cabinets are level and in place before attaching them to the wall. If not, you will need to use shims to level the cabinets.
The doors can now be fitted and adjusted for correct closing and levelness. To give a professional finish, a cornice can be fitted to the front top edge of the wall cabinets, mitering the corner joints with a mitering saw and block. I will show sketches of this in the Image Section.
Attaching Floor Cabinets
The same procedure used for fixing the wall cabinets is applied if you have chosen cabinets with adjustable feet. Adjustable feet are fitted to the bottom of the cabinets to acquire the correct height and level. Once the cabinets are all installed the doors can be fitted.
The cabinets can then be secured to the countertop with the brackets provided in the cabinet kit (flatpack).
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Summary of DIY Kitchen Cabinet Plans & Ideas
Easy DIY kitchen cabinet plans are becoming more popular makeovers as we spend a lot of time in the kitchen and this is a reasonably inexpensive project, but can give dramatic results.
The kitchen units can be purchased from most large DIY stores which will provide a brochure of their selection of cabinets and will also offer a planning service, usually in 3D to show what the cabinets will look like on assembly and fitting.
Flatpacked kitchen cabinets are usually easily assembled by the average DIY person, but all the components should be checked against the parts list before assembly starts. The assembly instructions should be closely followed, ensuring the cabinets are correctly built in the right sequence.
Sketches of Mitre Block, Wall, and Bottom Cabinet Fixing Detail, Plan Showing Partial Layout of Cabinets
Building your own kitchen cabinets is a rewarding and cost-effective way to customize your kitchen design. With these DIY kitchen cabinet plans and ideas, you can create your dream kitchen from scratch, using simple tools and materials. Whether you want to add more storage space, update your style, or create a unique feature, you can find a plan that suits your needs and skills. DIY kitchen cabinet projects are not only fun and satisfying, but also a great way to express your creativity and personality.
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