Are you about to embark upon a cabinet installation in order to save money? Today, many kitchen cabinets come in pre-fabricated, modular pieces which can be fit together to suit your needs. Many showrooms have entire kitchen sets already created; all you need to do is purchase them and install them. But cabinetry can be a challenge, especially for those who haven't done significant DIY projects before. Here are a few of the problems that homeowners often face.
Forgetting About Your Unexposed Cabinets
Well, not forgetting precisely -- but forgetting about their utility. Often a homeowner doesn't test out whether the cabinets in the unexposed areas can open properly when appliances and other items are installed. For instance, you might install cabinetry all along one wall while forgetting that a refrigerator is going to be placed against a wall -- those cabinets will never be able to open, so they don't actually need any (often expensive) doors.
Not Using the Correct Braces
Have you ever seen a picture of cabinets that have fallen off the wall... and often taken down the wall with them? This almost always happens because the cabinets were braced incorrectly. When applying cabinets to concrete, special concrete screws and equipment need to be used. When cabinets are applied to drywall, it's even more important to get bracing correct. Braces need to be placed in studs only and then attached to the cabinets. Too often, homeowners attach the braces directly to the drywall. While this distributes the load a little, it's not enough to hold the cabinets long-term.
Placing Them Too High or Too Low
When placing cabinetry, it can be tempting to place them directly against the ceiling -- but ceilings aren't always standard heights. Placing the cabinetry too low will mean that there may not be enough room for a stove vent or a microwave. Usually, there is a recommended distance between the lower cabinetry and the floor that you should follow, so you should make all of your measurements before placing the lower cabinets, and they should be relative to the ground rather than the ceiling.
Sometimes the simplest solution is the best solution: if you aren't experienced with cabinetry, it can be better to call the professionals. Long-term, it's usually less expensive to get things done right the first time. But, if you really are committed to the job, your local home renovations store can usually give you some fantastic pointers.Share
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