Cabinet Installation Instructions

New Leaf Cabinet Installation Instructions

  1. Review Cabinet Drawings
    1. Orientate yourself in the work area and locate spaces where cabinets will be installed.  Identify walls that have elevations provided.
    2. Verify room dimensions with plans, check walls and floors for flatness, resolve any potential conflicts such as protruding nails, bumps on floor etc.
  2. De-box and gut Cabinets             
    1. Remove all cabinets from packaging
    2. LABEL ALL DOORS AND DRAWERS PRIOR TO REMOVAL.  Use painters tape to label each door or drawer and corresponding cabinet.  Skipping this step will result in tons of wasted time upon reinstallation.
    3. Remove all doors, drawers, pull out trays and other easily removable accessories and stack neatly outside of work area somewhere where they can stay undisturbed for the duration of the cabinet installation.
  3. Locate Studs
    1. Locate all studs that will be needed for installation.  Locate and mark edges of studs so that you can USE THE CENTER OF THE STUD.
  4. Dry-fit Lower Cabinets
    1. Put all lower cabinets in their designated location and identify and possible issues with fit.
    2. Mark out locations for coordinating uppers
    3. Remove lower cabinets from work area
  5. Determine height of upper cabinets
    1. Check ceiling for level and determine lowest spot of ceiling
    2. Typical upper cabinet installation is usually 54” from the finished floor height to the bottom of upper cabinet to allow for 18” + or – 1” between the finished counter height and the bottom of the lower cabinet.
    3. Check measurements and layouts for crown molding if applicable.
  6. Connect Cabinets
    1. Arrange cabinets in order of installation on wall starting with upper cabinets first unless other sequence is required.
    2. Securely clamp the face frames of coordinating cabinets together in the largest possible manageable sections.
    3. Install appropriate sized fillers between sides of cabinets if there is space between the back due to overhanging face frames.
      1. All face frames are completely flush
      2. Gaps between cabinets are less than 1/32 of an inch (if you can get a piece of paper through they are not tight enough)
      3. Make sure all finished sides are in their proper locations
      4. Make sure cabinets are orientated correctly (top up, bottom down)
      5. Use long straight edge or level on face of cabinets to make sure all adjacent cabinets are completely flat within 1/16th of an inch per 8’
    5. Predrill all screw locations with appropriately sized drill bit for screw.  Screws should ideally be located in the least visible location on the interior of the faceframe.
    6. Using trim head screws secure face frames together.  All screw heads must be recessed at least 1/32 below face frame, but no more than 1/8th.
  7. Layout and predrill stud locations on cabinets
  8. Mount cabinets to wall using a minimum of 4 cabinet to stud connections per 24” of cabinet width.
    1. All screws should be countersunk in coordination with matching screw covers (fast caps)
    2. All cabinets must be mounted plumb and level within 1/8” per 4’
    3. All cabinet tops and faces must be flat within 1/16th of an 1” per 8’
  9. Install crown molding
    1. Glue and pre caulk all corner joints and splices
  10. Install scribe molding on all wall to cabinet gaps greater than 1/16th of an inch
  11. Install toe kicks
    1. Miter all outside corners
    2. Use deadman’s corner for any exposed end of runs.
  12. Fill all nail holes with color match putty.
  13. Caulk all joints, splices and molding to cabinet connection and cabinet to wall joints with color match caulk taking extreme care to REMOVE ALL EXCESS CAULK THOROUGHLY
  14. Touch up any scratches and lightly sand with 400 grit or higher sand paper
  15. Install color matched screw head covers on all exposed screws
  16. Reinstall all cabinet doors, drawers, and removed shelving and accessories
    1. All cabinet doors must be level and in line with adjacent doors.  Use level or long straight edge to adjust heights.  Use adjustment screws on hinges.
    2. All cabinet door gaps must be even and true within 1/16” per 4’
  17. Install all door and drawer handles. VERIFY POSITION WITH CUSTOMER PRIOR TO DRILLING
  18. Sweep and vacuum interior of all cabinets
  19. Complete New Leaf Post Installation Checklist

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wall cabinet mounting ledgers
When mounting wall cabinets, it is smart to have a level ledger on the wall to rest the cabinet bottoms on. But don't use long board ledgers. Make about 3" dia, disks, as many as you need to support the length of cabinets being installed at strategic locations, with a hole saw, or, if you can get them, real hockey pucks. Drill a hole about 1/4" off center in the middle for a slide fit of a screw to anchor the disk to the wall, into a stud, with the screw one disk radius below the mounting line. When screwed on, use a level to get disks perfectly level by rotating them. Then tighten the screws. Once screws are in, remove disks, of course, to use for next section.The holes you make in the wall may be hidden by tiles, or if not, fill, sand, and paint. Use damp sponge "sanding", so good wall paint is not affected around the hole and all excess mud is removed.
02/28/2019 - Paul Shelton from Tukwila, WA