Learn to install base cabinets professionally with this step-by-step video.
Lay out the base cabinets according to your floor plan. Each cabinet should align with at least one wall stud. Measure the distance using the front width of the cabinet, since the front face frame is wider than the back. Remove doors, drawers, roll-out trays, shelves and accessories as necessary to provide access for installation.
Start with the corner cabinet. Refer to your design layout to determine what base corner cabinet to start with. Place it on the floor where it will be installed. If your design includes a base easy-reach or base easy-reach lazy Susan, as the kitchen in the video does, measure from the corner to the first wall stud and transfer this measurement, minus 1 inch, to the back of the base cabinet. Repeat for the next stud location on each cabinet.
Mark a 2 inches down from the top of the cabinet back at each stud point. Drill through the cabinet back at the intersections using a 3/32″ drill bit. Repeat for the adjacent corner back panel.
If your design includes a blind base cabinet instead of a base easy-reach corner cabinet, consult your design to determine the distance the cabinet needs to be installed from the wall corner. A blind wall cabinet is used for smaller spaces and does not take up the entire space in the corner.
Move the base cabinet into place and check for level and plumb to follow the floor high-point level line and shim where necessary. Measure your wall distance using the cabinet front-frame width and not the back width of the cabinet. Fasten the cabinet to the wall with #8 x 2-1/2 inch pan head trim screws, but do not fully tighten.
Place the next cabinet on the floor where it will be installed. Mark and pre-drill screw holes at studs. Align the cabinet face frames, leveling and shimming where necessary, and clamp face frames together. Drill 3/32 inch pilot holes inside the face frame. Countersink the drill holes.
Coat screw threads with bees wax to limit resistance and prevent the face frames from cracking. Fasten neighboring cabinets. Continue around the room until all base cabinets have been installed. Return to each cabinet for one last check of level and plumb, and then tighten all screws.
You may need to install a filler between your end cabinet and the wall or between cabinets.
Hold the filler in place where it will be installed, turn it over, and mark the top and bottom trim widths. Use a straight edge to connect the marks. Once cut, install the filler as if you were fastening two face frames together.
Install all shelves, drawers, roll-out trays, accessories and doors before proceeding to the tall cabinet installation.