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DIY Kitchen Cabinets Installation

As the recession continues, DIY (do-it-yourself) home renovations have become the norm. People just don't have the money to hire professionals all the time. Fortunately many of these jobs are easy enough to do yourself, if you take the time to research and learn all you can about the project before you start. DIY kitchen cabinet installation is one of those projects.

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What you need to know before you attempt a DIY kitchen cabinet installation project

There are several things you have to do before you begin an actual diy kitchen cabinet installation project. The first step is to take pen to paper and map out your current kitchen. Then draw a picture of the kitchen of your dreams. Somewhere between the two, you will find the right arrangement. Be as detailed as possible, and measure the cabinets as accurately as you can, as this will help determine what cabinets you need for your space.

The next step is to find the style, material and cabinet sizes that will fit your budget as well as your space. There are countless choices in not only color, but finishes and materials as well. You also should look at some of the more innovative cabinet configurations, such as built-in spice racks, lazy Susans, or mini-pantries. These come at a higher price, but you are saving installation costs by doing it yourself, so you may be able to fit these extras into your budget.

DIY installation of kitchen cabinets

After you have checked your cabinets to make sure everything is the way it's supposed to be, you need to determine where on your wall you would like the cabinets to be. Don't forget to leave space for the backsplash. To help hold the cabinets in place, you can nail a 1x4 along where the bottom of the cabinet will be; nail this support bar into the wall studs.

Once you have the cabinet stabilized, pre-drill holes through the cabinet and wall, and then install the screws. Be sure that the screws are going into the studs, or the cabinet will fall right out of the walls. If you have measured everything correctly, the rest of the installation should be pretty easy. You should install the upper cabinets first, then the base. This job will probably take you quite a bit of time if you do it properly, however, it will be worth it. Not only will you save installation costs, but you will be able to take pride in the fact that you did it yourself.