Romaine Kitchen Cabinets December 29th, 2017 - 13:32:19
But what do you do when you are fitting cabinets between two walls? Well in this case the cabinet dealer can supply you with filler pieces to take up any large gaps that will eventually occur by using cabinets that are built within 2 inch increments. These cabinet filler pieces can be cut to fit the remaining gap relatively well. The main disadvantage with stock kitchen cabinets is the aforementioned incremental sizing but also the quality. Although as with anything the lower to mid range priced stock cabinets are typically made from thinner materials and have economy hardware such as cabinet door hinges and drawer slides. There are a few advantages with using stock cabinetry the very first one that comes to mind is cost. Since stock cabinets are mass produced they can be quite affordable. Another advantage is speed, in most cases dealers have access to larger warehouses where the cabinets are stored, and you can have your stock cabinet order within a few short weeks or in some cases days.
As I mentioned above, you have the option of using a piece of 1 x 3 lumber for the installation or building a frame to support the cabinets (I have included a picture of a sample frame below). This can be made out of 2x 4s and should be tall enough to support the bottom of your wall cabinets. If you plan on installing more than one kitchen, then I would suggest the frame, but a piece of lumber will do just fine if this is a one time event. In either case, you will need another set of hands to help with the installation.
9. If your cabinets end up butting against another wall, you may need a filler strip to make up the last few inches. If you have custom cabinets, they should have been built to fill this gap, but if you are using stock or RTA Kitchen Cabinets the filler strip may be needed. If you do need to use a filler strip, leave the last cabinet detached from the other cabinets. Clamp a straightedge to the face of the nearest installed unit, extending far enough for you to put alignment marks on the end wall. Allow a 3/4" offset behind those marks (for the thickness of the filler piece) and fasten a cleat to the wall. Then install and fasten the last cabinet and measure the gap between its face frame and the wall.
Building kitchen cabinets is one of the do-it-your-selfers dreams come true. If you know what you are doing, they can be easy to build and rewarding when you are finished. The large hardware stores have kitchen cabinets from kits that you just pop together and either nail or glue in place, sometimes both, before attaching them to the walls. Or you could start from scratch in building kitchen cabinets and draw your own plans, get the lumber, cut it, sand it, then nail the pieces together and then paint or stain it. It all depends on your comfort level and how skilled you are before you can be off doing it.