Save Time and Money on Cabinet Installation

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Planning Cabinet Layout Saves Aggravation

Failing to plan is planning to fail. Those words can be a painful echo in our heads when we get to a point in a job and realize the cabinets we ordered for a remodel will extend about 6 inches into a doorway. The homeowner is probably not going to be pleased with that look. And that’s understandable. Human error is inevitable, but a little pre-planning can avoid a lot of headaches.

Cabinet Layout

Cabinet Drawings (on the floor):

Painter’s tape, felt markers and 2×2 lumber are all relatively cheap, but in this Quick Tip, they become priceless.

Cabinet Layout

By fastening 2x2s to the floor, you have a physical barrier to walk around. This gives you a better idea of exactly where the cabinets or island will be and helps you avoid potential trouble.

Before you place the order for the cabinets, no matter how many times you’ve measured, take some extra time to physically mark out the layout of the base cabinets on the floor. By doing so, you can avoid potential problems before they turn into budget-sucking monsters.

There’s nothing worse than having to either a) pay to ship cabinets back for replacement or b) tell your client that they’ll get used to stepping around the fridge to get into the hallway behind it. Either way, it’s not likely to turn into repeat business.

Easier Cabinet Installation:

Another practice that can make installation of wall cabinets easier and faster is by fastening a layer of plywood behind the sheetrock. Yes, it adds some expense to the project, but can save time and headaches later on.

Cabinet Layout 3

Using even scraps of plywood across a wall planned for cabinets is a great way to save time when it comes to installation. You’ll have a solid surface for mounting the cabinets, plus it flattens the wall more evenly.

Finally, take advantage of programs like Google Sketchup. It’s reasonably simple to use and can be invaluable to deciding what works and what doesn’t in any room’s layout.

See some of these tips in action in this video.

Laying Out a Cabinet Design



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Brad Staggs

Contributing Writer/Producer at Tool Skool
Brad has worked in and around the home improvement and tool industry most of his life. He was host of Talk2DIY Home Improvement, Co-produced DIY Tools & Techniques and is the author of Spend a Little, Save a Lot Home Improvement.