Kitchen Cabinet Installation Guide Chapter 5

Learn how to install tall cabinets professionally with this step-by-step video.

Tall cabinets are installed in much the same manner as wall and base cabinets. Remove doors, drawers, roll-out trays, shelves and any other accessories as necessary to provide access to install the cabinets. If you have more than one tall cabinet, refer to your design layout to determine which to start with.

Locate the first wall stud and transfer the measurement minus 1 inch to the back of the tall cabinet. Repeat for the next stud. Now measure down 2″ from the top of the cabinet back, up 6-1/2 inches from the bottom of the cabinet back, and at a midpoint between the two. Intersect these measurements with the stud location measurements.

Drill holes in the cabinet back at all marked stud locations using a 3/32 inch drill bit. Move the cabinet into place and check for level and plumb. Shim where necessary and fasten the cabinet to the wall with #8 x 2-1/2″ pan head trim screws.

Carefully align face frames of adjacent cabinets using a “C”-clamp or a “Quick-Grip” type tool. Then drill 3/32 inch pilot holes in three places on the hinge side of the interior of the cabinet face frame. Countersink the screw holes. Coat screw threads with bees wax to limit the hardwood face frames’ resistance to screws and prevent cracking.

Tall cabinets 84 and 90 inches high are constructed with full-height end panels. 96″ high tall cabinets are constructed with a loose toe-kick box that must be assembled and positioned in place before installing the cabinet. This is necessary, as kitchens with 96″ high ceilings don’t have the necessary clearance— the tall cabinet is the same height as the 96″ high ceiling.

Because the toe kick is not assembled with 96″ tall cabinets, factory-applied panels are not available and must be installed in the field.