How to assemble a three drawer cabinet

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How to assemble a three drawer cabinet

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Project Overview

The flat pack system makes it easy to design and build a kitchen yourself. We’ll show you how to put a cabinet and drawers together. We’ll also show you how to adjust the height of the cabinet to cope with uneven floors and walls.
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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How To Assemble a 3 Drawer Cabinet
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Hide cabinet screwholes

When you screw two cupboards together, there’s an easy way to hide the screw holes. Find where the hinge plates for the cupboard doors will be attached. Drill a hole in the middle of these areas and drive in your joining screws. Then install the hinge plates over the top.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Attach the back of the drawer cabinet to the base
2 Attach the sides to the drawer cabinet
3 Attach the top rail to the kitchen cabinet
4 Attach the plastic feet to the bottom of the kitchen cabinet
5 Adjust the height of the feet
6 Assemble the drawers
  • Step 1. Attach the back of the drawer cabinet to the base

    Put the back and base panels together so the pre-drilled screw holes line up. Use an impact driver to gently drive the screws into place. Check to see if the joining edges have properly lined up. If not, tap them lightly into place with a rubber mallet and then tighten the screws.
  • Step 2. Attach the sides to the drawer cabinet

    Put the first side panel into place and line up the pre-drilled holes. Screw the base and side panels together, then do the back panel. When the first side is on, turn the cabinet over and do the same on the other side. Remember to use the rubber mallet to keep your edges lined up.
  • Step 3. Attach the top rail to the kitchen cabinet

    Put the top rail into position. Push all four screws into position with your thumb to temporarily hold the rail in place. Then drive the screws in. Once again, use the rubber mallet to tap the edges into place before giving the screws a final tighten.
  • Step 4. Attach the plastic feet to the bottom of the kitchen cabinet

    The plastic feet for your kitchen cabinets come in four parts – base plate, tube, screw thread and foot. Attach the base plate to the base of the cabinet, using the predrilled holes and the short screws. Push the tubes into the base plates and the feet onto the screw threads. Then drive the screw threads into the tubes and you’re done.
  • Step 5. Adjust the height of the feet

    You can adjust the height of your feet by screwing the threads in or out. This is very useful if your floor isn’t level. Use a combination square to help set the height of all the feet at 145mm. Then put the cabinet in place and adjust the feet if you need to level it up on an uneven floor.
  • Step 6. Assemble the drawers

    All the drawers are put together in the same way. Screw the back and bottom panels together, then attach the front and sides. The sides are marked ‘left’ and ‘right’ and include pre-drilled holes for the drawer sliders. Once the drawers are assembled, you will need to attach runners and front panels. Check out our videos on How to install drawer runners and How to install drawer panels to find out what to do.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Clamps
  • Drill bits
  • Drills
  • Pencil
  • Safety gear
  • Spirit level
  • Squares
  • Tape measure

Materials

  • Screws
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