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  • Writer's pictureSpencer Keife

Avoid These Five Common Mistakes When Replacing Your Kitchen Cabinets.

Are you ready to start that kitchen remodel, get rid of your old, outdated cabinets and install new ones? Are you looking to install the cabinets yourself and you want to make sure you get it right the first time so that you don't have to buy replacement parts for your cabinets? While their are seemingly an infinite amount of layouts for kitchen cabinets, many are simpler to install cabinets in than others and there are some common mistakes that we see homeowners make far too often and we wanted to make sure that you don't do the same.

Kitchen cabinets are the heart of any kitchen. The serve both a functional and aesthetic purpose to the kitchen and so you want to make sure they're installed correctly to keep your kitchen looking spectacular. Here is a list of the 5 Most Common Mistakes When Replacing Your Kitchen Cabinets.

  1. Buying cabinets that are the incorrect dimensions: If you are taking the cabinet journey and going DIY(do it yourself), then you are likely looking online or at store line Home Depot or Lowe's for cabinets for your kitchen. While there is a wide variety of cabinet choices between them, there are also a variety of sizes. It is important to remember that every kitchen is unique and that careful consideration needs to be put into what size cabinets you will pick and how you will orient them in the kitchen to best utilize the space and maximize functionality. Being precise in your measurements will guarantee that you pick the right size cabinets for your kitchen without error.

  2. Not taking plumbing or electrical into account: There are many hidden obstacles in your walls. Especially in your kitchen. Plumbing and electrical wires are everywhere and it can be pretty easy to hit one of them if you aren't careful. As mentioned in the previous point, being precise with your measurements will make sure you don't send one of your screws into a pipe or electrical wire causing you unnecessary grief and expenses. It will also make sure you don't cover or block plumbing or electrical that is needed for fixtures in your kitchen like for a dishwasher or an outlet or recessed lighting box is that you need. It helps to draw a diagram on graph paper and stick to it to ensure that you don't make that mistake.

  3. Not hitting studs when hanging your cabinets: When cabinets are installed, they absolutely must be secured to the studs. It is imperative that you mark the stud locations prior to installing the cabinets to ensure that each individual cabinet hits a stud and hits it well. Not just grazes the edge of one. If you fail to hit a stud and the cabinet is only secured to drywall, the drywal maybe, just maybe, might be able to hold the weight of the cabinet, but as soon as you load any sort of dishes, cups, or other kitchen accessories into them, they will come crashing down and you'll not only have broken dish ware, but broken cabinets and drywall with big holes or tears in it.

  4. Not keeping cabinets fronts flush or level: This point makes cabinet installation a bit more tricky. Often times, drywall isn't perfectly even throughout the entire space. There may be high and low points in the drywall where one stud might sit back just a 1/16 of an inch further than another causing waves in the drywall. What this does is cause gaps or uneven cabinet faces when it's time to mount your cabinets to the wall. To avoid this, use a chalk line, a ledger board, and plenty of shims to ensure that the cabinets sit level and that when you secure them to the studs, they remain flush with one another the whole time.

  5. Hanging kitchen cabinets yourself: Of course the last point is a mistake of trying to hang the cabinets yourself. While some people may be able to hang their own cabinets, it also might not be a task suitable for everyone. For more simple layouts, setting and installing kitchen cabinets yourself is a lot simpler than more complex cabinets with unique layouts. If you have even the slightest doubt on hanging your kitchen cabinets, it is recommended that you contact a local cabinetry or carpentry contractor to help you bag your cabinets to prevent any unnecessary grief or finincual setbacks if your cabinets happen to be installed incorrectly.

Hopefully, after this article you are armed with the knowledge you need to be able to install your cabinets and have peace of mind knowing that they were installed correctly and that they will withstand the test of time. And if you decided that maybe it's too much of an undertaking for you at this point in time, that's okay too. Contacting a professional takes the burden of an mistakes off of your shoulders and guarantees that you can rest easy at night knowing your cabinets are installed properly.

If you are in Northern Nevada, specifically the Reno, Sparks, Incline Village, or surrounding areas and you have decided that you want a professional cabinet installer to handle your kitchen cabinet installation, our team of experts at Paramount Craftsman Services are here to Bring Your Vision To Life and give you that peace of mind knowing your cabinets were installed correctly. To learn more about our company and our services, visit our website by clicking here.


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