Think Like a Pro When Installing Kitchen Cabinets
The time has come. You're ready to renovate those kitchen cabinets. While it is highly recommended that you hire a professional for cabinet installation, anyone can be their own designer. But where do you start? Here are three tips to consider when planning a cabinet design:
• For first-time installers, it's ideal to start with the wall cabinets and then move down and install the cabinets that go under the countertop. Starting at the top will prevent anything from getting in the way. Also, starting at a corner will save time and frustration.
• Center the sink below a window: If there is a window above the cabinets where a sink will be placed, it's best to center your sink under it. Before a professional (or you) install new lower-level cabinets, remember to consider the window’s size and location.
• Ceiling height: If you're looking for storage in your kitchen or a more modern look, bring the cabinets to the ceiling (with or without crown molding). If you have a smaller kitchen, it's worth the extra cost to extend your cabinets to ceiling height to give the illusion of more room.
• Add a “Lazy Susan” to your corner cabinets—a turntable that's installed inside a cabinet that rotates for easy access to those hard-to-reach items.
• Beware of using staples when putting your cabinets together. Staples will pull out of the wood, so get cabinets with thick panels that have been corner-blocked and glued, or fastened with screws.