How to install a new kitchen IKEA by yourself
The installation of the kitchen is quite simple even by your own, if you follow the instructions and the rule “Score twice before you cut once” No special skills will be required: only accuracy at each stage of work.
The assembly and installation of the kitchen is a responsible, time taking process, but not particularly complicated. The main thing here is to carefully prepare everything: draw a plan, bring in communications and complete the installation. When everything is ready, you can proceed directly to the installation. Work is carried out sequentially: first, the bottom row of kitchen cabinets is assembled, after it – the upper one. And we will tell you what to do at each stage.
Installation of floor stands
If the IKEA headset has been delivered to you unassembled, the modules will be easy to mount on your own according to the manufacturer’s instructions (usually in the package). Before installing the kitchen, prepare the following tools:
drill and punch;
spanners and socket wrenches;
carpentry level and square;
After assembly, it is better to measure the main dimensions of the finished module, as they may slightly differ from the declared ones. If everything is in order, and the bottom row of furniture is sized, it is time to place the cabinets in their places. At this stage, the horizontalness of the upper edges and the correct line of the cabinets are checked, the modules are adjusted in height with the help of twisting legs. It is better that they are 5 cm longer than the base level – it’s easier to keep the kitchen clean, and the space under the kitchen cabinets will be well ventilated.
Installation of base cabinets
The work starts from the corner, and if the sink is located here, the corner cabinet must first be marked for the outlet of pipes. After checking, holes are made in the walls of the housing for communications and only then put the curbstone in its right place. Now you can hang the facades on it and proceed to the installation of the next cabinet.
Assembling cabinets in one row, check if neighboring doors interfere with each other’s opening. If the facades cling, their position must be adjusted using screws on the hinges.
Once the installation of the base row is completed, the cabinets are tightly bound. To do this, through pieces of hardboard, the walls of neighboring cabinets are attracted with clamps and fastened with screws or special furniture ties. In the frame, elements of storage systems are installed and facades are hung. The screw heads, which are in sight, are closed with decorative caps to match the color of the walls.
Installation of wall top cabinets
We will consider two possible installation methods below, but for now we’ll tell you what else will need to be done when all the frames are fixed to the walls. Here again clamps and couplers will be needed to assemble individual cabinets into a kitchen, but this will have to be done on the top covers, knocking them together with patchwork “patches” from pieces of fiberboard. A decorative cornice can also be included with some headsets. As a rule, it installed on furniture nails, but for reliability it is worth using glue as well.
Mounting on furniture hinges
Lockers can be hung from hooks in the wall or anchors. To do this, furniture hinges are screwed to each case at the back. It is important here to accurately measure the height of the fasteners and correctly mark out, constantly checking its level. Simple slats do not leave the possibility of regulating the position of the cabinets, and an error even a half centimeter will be noticed.
Do not immediately do all the holes for the anchor in the wall – each of them will have to be additionally checked by hanging the cabinet and exposing it according to the level. The process is long, and its only plus is the minimum cost of fasteners. However, the charge on muscles during work is also provided to you.
Much easier and more reliable is another way – using a special profile mounting rail and hinges. The first is a metal rail with slides and holes for attaching to the wall. It is mounted horizontally, dropping 3-4 cm below the upper mark for the installation of cabinets. The hinges are equipped with complex hooks and are mounted on the inner side of the side walls of the housing. And the hooks themselves are inserted into the slots of the mounting plate, for which, in the back of each module, you will have to cut small holes directly in the hardboard.
Installation of kitchen cabinets on the profile mounting rail
This method of mounting allows you to single-handedly install cabinets with high accuracy and without unnecessary effort. Small flaws made during marking or installation can be easily eliminated by adjusting the screws in the appropriate linkage. Also, technological fasteners will help to adjust the distance between the cabinet and the wall, for example, if the upper row of furniture is blocked by a thick ceramic or panel apron.
Internal shelves, drawers and other storage systems are installed last, when the headset finally takes its place.
Installation of cover panels
Often, outdoor kitchen furniture modules come with their own cover panels. In this case, they are simply combined into one with the help of corner profiles. But before it you should additionally treat the edges of the plates with sealant, and the ends adjacent to the sink or stove, also close with metal strips. So you will protect the chipboard from damage and swelling.
If you need a solid surface, then before you install the kitchen, consider the position of the main working areas: sink, stove and cutting table. The cover panel itself will first have to be cut to the desired size and prepare the mounting holes for the sink and built-in stove. The depth of the countertop can fully match the dimensions of the base cabinets, but more often leave 1-2 cm to get a small visor.
Installing cover panel in the kitchen
The finished panel is marked under the section system appliances, the holes are sawn with an electric jigsaw (if it’s chipboard). At the end of the work, all sections must be cleaned of dust, thoroughly lubricated with sealant and covered with an edge tape or a special profile, screwing it with screws.
Sink installation procedure:
Turn the sink upside down and put it on the cover panel, circle around the contour with a marker.
Cut and process the hole as described above.
In the holes of the sink you should install fasteners – with its help it will be fixed on the plate of the cover panel. At the same stage, it is better to immediately put a siphon.
Turn the sink into right position, lower it into the prepared cut-out and fix it with screws on the bottom.
The cover panels are attached to the cabinets with furniture bolts. To do this, drill recesses on the lower plane of the plate and the response – on the ends of the cases. Mounting through metal corners is also allowed. In some cases, additional installation of brackets may be required, which will transfer the weight of the cover panel and equipment placed on it to the bearing walls. And after connecting the cabinets system, the gap behind the working surface is closed with a decorative skirting board from a suitable material.
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