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How to Install Base Corner Kitchen Cabinets

Updated February 21, 2017

Are you remodelling or building a new home? Installing cabinets yourself can save you a lot of money. The corner base cabinet is usually the first cabinet that needs to be installed. It is important to make sure the cabinet is level and in the correct position before attaching other cabinets to the corner cabinet. Corner cabinets can be fastened to the wall with grabber screws and a power drill.

Locate the studs behind the wall using a stud finder. Position the stud finder against the wall and move it horizontally until the light on the stud finder lights up. This indicates a stud. Mark the wall at the centre of each stud using a pencil.

Measure how far each stud is away from the corner of the room.

Transfer the stud measurements to the back of the cabinet using a tape measure and a pencil. Most cabinets have a cleat on the top and bottom; this is where the screws go through. Make your marks on the top and bottom cleat.

Drill a 1/8-inch hole through the back of the cabinet at each mark. This will allow you to place a screw into the cabinet when installing.

Slide the cabinet into position. Level the cabinet using a level. If the cabinet needs to be raised in any direction, install shims between the floor and the cabinet or between the wall and the cabinet. Shims can be purchased at any hardware store.

Fasten the cabinet to the wall using 2 1/2-inch grabber screws and a power drill in the holes previously drilled.

Double check that the corner cabinet is still level and in the correct position after fastening the cabinet to the wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Stud finder
  • Power drill
  • 1/8-inch drill bit
  • Level
  • Wood shims
  • 1 box of 2 1/2-inch grabber screws
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Living in Utah, Jared Curtis graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. Curtis is continuing his education in hard sciences to apply to medical school in the future. He began writing professionally in 2010, specializing in cabinet-related articles.