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Can Anyone Install Cabinetry?

The answer to this question is both yes and no. A better question might be – “should” anyone install cabinetry. Although the installation is not terribly difficult for anyone with basic carpentry skills, you can really mess things up if you do not know what you are doing. Also, there are some very specific tools to aid in proper installation. While not absolutely necessary, they make the process much easier and produce much better results.

This article is not meant to be an instruction for installing your own cabinetry. There are many excellent references for that purpose. Just remember that your cabinetry will not function properly (or even look good) if they are not installed square, plumb and level. Since the walls in most homes are not perfectly square and plumb, and floors are not perfectly level, you have to compensate by using shims while the cabinetry is installed. In addition, it is necessary to determine the high and low points on both the ceiling and floor, and factor those points into your installation scheme. The same process applies to the walls in order to avoid problems that would be caused by curves in the wall.

It is always the safest choice to hire an experienced contractor – one who has actually installed cabinetry in the past. But, if the above admonitions have not discouraged you, and you have the necessary tools, you can certainly expect to do a good job as long as you research, read and acquire the necessary knowledge.

When planning your kitchen remodel, you can get a lot of great ideas from the photo galleries on the Cabinet Discounters website For even more good ideas, stop at one of Cabinet Discounters showrooms. Call ahead to schedule a free consultation with an experienced designer