In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner purchase and install a kitchen wall cabinet.
- Use a 4-foot level to see if the wall is plumb.
- Mark the locations of the wall studs, then drill a small hole at each mark to confirm the stud locations.
- Measure from a corner of the wall to the center of each stud, then transfer those dimensions to the back of the cabinet. Be sure to take into account the overhanging face frame.
- Drill a pilot hole through the back of the cabinet at each stud location.
- Reach inside the cabinet and hand-thread one 3-inch cabinet screw into each pilot hole.
- Stand a cabinet jack in place below the cabinet location, then adjust the jack to the proper height.
- Set the cabinet on top of the jack and press it tight to the wall.
- Check the cabinet for level, then use a the drill to drive the screws through the upper back of the cabinet and into the wall studs.
- Drill pilot holes and screw through the bottom of the cabinet, too.
- Set a glass panel into each door and secure it with screw-on plastic clips.