How are kitchen cabinets installed?
installing a new kitchen sounds like a task that you simply aren’t up to, you might be
better off hiring a team of professional fitters to carry the job out
for you. But, it is worth knowing the process, just in case you do
have enough rudimentary DIY skills to have a go yourself. Once you
have selected your new kitchen cupboards and taken delivery of them,
this is how you go about hanging them:
with your first cabinet, in order to give you an accurate pilot hole
in the wall. Drill and insert a wall plug, then check the cabinet
will be level, before hanging and screwing in place. Repeat along
your whole wall, checking that each cabinet is level and that each
door can open and function properly.
well as attaching your cabinets to the wall, they need to be screwed
together, to form a cohesive and weight-bearing system.
the case of bottom cabinets, you’ll need to add kick panels, to
hide the legs that support them.
materials make for good cabinets and how much will they cost?
living in an age where convenience is king, which means that bespoke
carpentry is no longer your only option for new kitchen
as built-in varieties are freely available now. A number of shops now carry ready
to buy cabinets and doors, but which material will work best for you,
your needs and budget?
woods, their properties and costs
Oak (Strong, durable, mid-cost)
Oak (Durable, stronger than Red Oak but also more expensive)
Maple (Light in colour, medium density, expensive)
(Lighter than oak but with similar properties and has a natural
(Very hardwearing, contemporary and darkens with age)
(Durable, light in colour, expensive)
(Strong, durable, light in colour)
(Soft, pale and inexpensive)
woods, their properties and costs
(Red in tone, stains well and is very hard)
(Dark brown with beautiful grain, expensive)
(Exceptionally dark wood, best suited for decorative inlays)
units are a little bit different, as they are made of multiple
layers of sheet materials, sealed with a plastic coating (the layers
are pressed together under high heat). The finished result is a
material that is stain resistant, easy to maintain and relatively
cost-effective, but it is difficult to repair, if damaged, as the
layers will be exposed.
can be accessorised with real wood or even metal trim.
kitchen design has seen stainless steel kitchen units really coming
into their own, in terms of stylish, beautiful and hardwearing
additions to a practical space in the home. They contribute to a
hygienic and sleek finish that is reminiscent of professional
kitchens and are non-toxic, recyclable, therefore sustainable, and
work in any setting.
downside of stainless steel units is that they have a tendency to
show any and all scratches and fingerprints. They can also be a
little expensive, due to them being so fashionable right now.
kind of kitchen units should I use in my small kitchen?
Professional kitchen planners are adept at coming up with new and innovative ways to make more of a
small kitchen, but if you want to try and design something yourself,
there are some guidelines to take into account. Naturally, you don’t
want to drown out any and all usable space with a slew of cabinets,
so you need to think about placement, materials and, where
appropriate, alternatives to standard cupboards.
starting your small kitchen design process, bear the following ideas
and tips in mind:
cabinets always work best in small kitchens. It’s a case of
keeping everything proportional.
smart designs, so as to open up more potential in the cabinets you
do install. Keep items such as larder cupboards in mind, when trying
to design with innovation and clever solutions in mind.
best idea is to build up, not out, in a small kitchen, as the
available space will quickly get swallowed up. Installing cabinets
up to your ceiling will help to create a seamless and integrated
possible, combine appliances, storage and cabinet space into one.
This means that integrated appliances are a must!
add to your floor cabinets, you can think about using shallow
complementary units, to create a proportional freestanding island.
racks to the back of your cabinet doors will add serious
functionality, while also doing away with the need for more bulky
cupboards than you need.
pale colours on your cabinet doors, to contribute to a lighter and
more airy feel in your kitchen.