Kitchen installation expenses are a significant portion of the total cost of a new kitchen. Depending on the size of your space and the intricacy of the design, you may save between £1,000 and £5,000* on the cost of hiring a professional fitter if you install your own kitchen. Fitting your own kitchen is a great way to save money, especially if it’s part of a bigger kitchen remodel or addition. If you’re starting from scratch, check out our custom kitchen design guide:
Installation instructions for your custom kitchen
Make sure you’ve taken out all of the previous units, disconnected the power and waste, leveled and tiled the floor, and plastered the walls before you begin. You should also give the walls at least one layer of paint. By this time you must decide the wall color for your custom kitchen.
Dimensions of custom kitchen cabinets:
The usual height of base units is 91cm, with plinths of 15cm, wall units of 72cm, and worktops of 4cm. Base units are typically 60cm deep with multiples of 10cm or 15cm in width. The depth of most wall-mounted units is 30cm, however according to the area of your custom kitchen the measurements may vary.
How to design and install your custom kitchen units?
- Measure the available space.
Mark the tops of the base units on the walls with a spirit level, measuring tape, and pencil, remembering to account for the legs, which may be adjustable.
- Set up the basic components
Start in a corner and place the base units there. Adjust the base units’ height till it matches the mark on the wall. Check that all of the units are level after that.
- Put the units together.
Now you must connect the components together. Typically, the components are clamped together and then fastened together through holes that will be hidden behind door hinges. To avoid gaps, you’ll need to utilize corner posts unless you’re utilizing a particular corner unit in your custom kitchen.
- Install the basic units.
After that, attach the base units to the wall with brackets. If you’re mounting the units to masonry, wall plugs are required; otherwise, plasterboard fasteners can be used.
- Determine the position of the wall units.
When you’re ready to go on to the wall units, write a horizontal line on the wall with your spirit level, measuring tape, and pencil where the bottom of the units will sit. Between the worktop and the bottom of the wall units, leave at least 40cm of space.
- Install the wall units.
The units must then be attached to the wall using wall brackets, with most units requiring two — one in each top corner. After the brackets are in place, attach the units and check for levelness.
- Put the pieces together.
Step three should be repeated to connect the wall units.
- Put the unit doors.
Attach the doors and door fronts, as well as any kick boards or plinths, with screws.
- Place the worktop on top.
Finally, the worktop must be installed. Laminate versions come with laminate strips to cover the edges and are easy to cut and put yourself. Professionals should handle counter tops made of wood, stone, or composite materials.