by L. Marie
Personally I always thought that fitting a kitchen in is rocket science or that you had to be an absolute genius to do it. This is until I bought kitchen units the other week and decided to do it myself.
If you get a professional in to do it then yes the job will be done quicker, however if you do it yourself then you will have more pride in your work and you can usually do as good a job as a professional most of the time anyway. Now for people who have never installed kitchen units before I am here to help. I have done it myself, and it worked a treat. It is now all stocked up with food and utensils.
Right by this point you should already have all of your tools, and are ready to work.
Let me guide you around the maze of Kitchen Units:
Right, the first thing which you need to do is make sure that the flooring is thoroughly protected and that you have got the layout in your head of where every cabinet is going to go.
After this, you then need to build the units. To do this you must open the flat pack and take all of the materials out. To start yourself off, arrange your 2 side panels down onto the cardboard, then with the screws that came with the flat pack, fix the 2 corner braces, into what will be the ‘back section’ of the cabinet and use the cordless drill to screw in tight.
Next screw the 8 lock shafts into the holes provided, once this is done use a couple of drops of wood glue (which should be provided with the pack) into each of the dowel holes. Insert the 2 wooden dowels into the 2 upper supports and the base shelf. After this, you must ensure that you place 4 metal lock discs into the larger holes and then turn them with the screwdriver and so that the hole faces outwards.
The next few parts are easy.
Simply place the two upper supports on the side panel and give the lock disc a turn, so that you feel it tighten up.
Place the remaining lock discs into the base panel, and align it perfectly. Install the side panel to the base panel and tighten the lock disc, and then do the same with the other side panel.
Now comes the tricky Part!
Place the back cover on the back of the unit so that the white side is facing inwards and so that the big holes are aligned with the corner braces. Once it is in position, fix it there with small nails (these should also be provided) and make sure that you use all of the nails as we don’t want it falling apart do we.
When you have built all of your units align them all together and in place in your kitchen. Clamp two of your units together and drill a hole from one cabinet to the next (you need one hole at the top and one at the bottom.
Simply screw with your electric drill through the back of the cupboard and into the wall. Next put in the wall plug in each whole, and screw keeping the cupboard aligned with the holes. Do this with every cabinet and it is safely fixed to the wall.
I would recommend 4 screws to each cupboard.
To install the doors on your cabinet simply push the base of the hinge into the pre cut holes and push the lock plate of each hinge down into position, and you should hear it snap shut. Then fit the hinge mounts onto the side panel and screw into positions, and fit them at the top and bottom of the side panel.
Hold the door into position and push the heel of the hinge into the groove and press the back of the hinge to lock it into position.
There you have it a brand new kitchen unit, all installed!
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