How to Install Cabinets

An expert cabinet installer shares his secrets

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Belt sander
  • Clamps
  • Cordless drill
  • Drill bit set
  • Framing square
  • Hole saw kit
  • Jigsaw
  • Level
  • Miter saw
  • Pry bar
  • Stud finder

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Shims
  • 2 x 2s
  • 1 x 4 (for ledger board and to match flooring thickness)
  • Self-drilling, self-countersinking screws
  • Painter's tape