Project Overview

Renovating your kitchen is a great way to add value and style to one of the most important rooms in your home. These days, renovating your kitchen has become easier, with a wide choice of modular cabinets that you can fit together in a U-shape that suit your space. 
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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How To Install Your U-Shaped Kitchen
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How to extend a spirit level

You can extend your spirit level to suit any size project. Just get a kick rail or a long, straight, flat piece of timber. Place it on the spot you want to make sure is level, then lay the spirit level on top to easily check that it is.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Check the floor levels and mark your cabinet height
2 Put all your cabinets in position.
3 Clamp and screw the cabinets together
4 Installing the other cabinets
5 Fixing the cabinets to the wall
  • Step 1. Check the floor levels and mark your cabinet height

    Use the long spirit level to find the lowest level of the floor. Add together the height of the cabinet (720mm) to the height of the kicker (125mm), which is the space below the bottom of the cabinet and the floor. Use this figure to mark the cabinet height around the wall. With your spirit level draw a line at this height, where all of the cabinets will go.
  • Step 2. Put all your cabinets in position.

    Start by putting the corner cabinet in position. Use your spirit level, from corner to corner, and set the adjustable feet on the cabinet to make it level. Now place the oven cabinet next to the first. Make sure the two cabinets are level with each other, use the feet on the second cabinet to line them up. Bring in the end cabinet and do the same. If you have drawers on your end cabinet, allow for a 20mm setback so that all the cabinets remain flush. 

  • Step 3. Clamp and screw the cabinets together

    Double clamp the end and oven cabinets together at the top and bottom. Now use your driver, with a countersink drill bit, to pre-drill pilot holes into the top and bottom of the cabinet. Then drive your 28mm screws into the holes to pull the two cabinets together. Use the same process to attach the oven cabinet to the corner cabinet.

  • Step 4. Installing the other cabinets

    Bring in the next cabinet and place it on the other side of the corner cabinet. Level it using the spirit level and adjustable feet, then clamp it, drill it and fix it. Bring in the final corner unit and the end cabinets. Make sure the three are level and lined up. Clamp them together, drill the countersunk holes and screw them together.

  • Step 5. Fixing the cabinets to the wall

    Use your tape measure to check the cabinets that form the U shape are parallel to each other. You can always adjust their position if you need to. If you find any gaps between the wall and cabinets, use pieces of wood as spacers to stop the cabinets from moving. Now pre-drill the countersunk holes into the cabinets and using a long screw, firmly attach all of the cabinets to the wall studs. 

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • 1200mm spirit level
  • Clamps
  • Drills
  • Ear muffs
  • Mallet
  • Power plane
  • Ruler
  • Safety glasses

Materials

  • Screws
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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint Test.
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