Top Tips To Install White Shaker Cabinets In Your Kitchen

White shaker cabinets can bring life to any kitchen, including yours. Here's a step-by-step guide for installing them covering the needed tools, key considerations, and FAQs.

Questions To Ask Before Installing White Shaker Cabinets

Before you install white shaker cabinets, here are some of the questions you may want to ask yourself.

What is the maximum cost you are willing to spare to install them?

Give careful consideration to the cost at the outset of the project.

After you've determined your budget, think about what's essential to you. You can make a decision based on your financial plan.

If you don’t have a design plan before you begin, you may end up paying more than you intended before the work is completed.

As a result, you will be unable to add any desired functionality.

Thus, set an achievable spending limit and make a checklist of the crucial items you wish to incorporate.

How long do you plan to keep the cabinets in place?

Do you intend to live in your current residence for a while and prefer to look at identical cabinets for a long time? If yes, pay special attention when choosing your design. You might focus on stylish trends if you want to keep up with modern standards.

If you're looking for something unique, inexpensive gadgets or decorations could be an interesting way to experiment and keep the white shaker cabinets simple. You may quickly switch out the extras if you become bored with them.

Even then, kitchen cabinets are a long term investment. So, ask yourself if you'll enjoy your white shaker cabinets a decade in the future.

What material is behind the cabinet?

You may have found your dream white shaker cabinets but have you had the chance to look inside them to evaluate the space?

Before making an irrevocable choice and beginning the installation procedure, it is critical to determine what type of storage room the unit provides.

White shaker cabinets may feature a variety of storage options, including sliding racks and corner shelving.

Depending on the sort of capacity you desire, you may want to investigate various white shaker cabinet extensions.

Will you be installing lighting as well?

Lighting can help improve the appearance of your kitchen cabinets. Subtle strips of LED lights are the type of lighting utilized within and underneath kitchen cabinets.

It will add an appealing appearance to your kitchen area at nighttime. It will also assist you navigate your way across.

If you install automated lighting in your cabinets, you'll wonder how you survived without it before. This is an ideal addition to a white kitchen.

Tools You Need To Install White Shaker Cabinets

Having the right tools is essential when it comes to installing white shaker cabinets.

Here is the list of things you will need when you are doing so:

  • Layout plan
  • Measuring tape
  • Ladder
  • Framing square
  • Screws
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pry bar
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Miter box
  • Saws
  • Extension cord
  • Clamps
  • Pin nailer
  • Stud finder

A Step By Step Guide For Installing White Shaker Cabinets

Now that you have carefully considered choosing white shaker cabinets and have your tools on hand, it is time for the ultimate showdown: installing them.

Here is the step-by-step guide for installing white shaker cabinets in your kitchen:

Step 1—Checking Your White Shaker Cabinets When They Arrive

As soon as you have the cabinets delivered, open the packaging and verify each component to ensure you have received the exact sizes, colors, and styles as ordered, including any additional pieces.

Once that is done, you need to get to assembling.

Step 2—Put Together Your White Shaker Cabinets

If you're new to dealing with RTA white shaker cabinets, check out this comprehensive assembling video for detailed instructions.

Your initial installation of a single cabinet piece may take approximately thirty-five minutes. Every installation following it should take less time depending on how well you understand the process.

It is also important to walk through the cabinet arrangement. This critical pre-installation procedure will detect any issues before they come up so make sure to do it.

Step 3—Locate the Important Spots For Your White Shaker Cabinet Placement

An important aspect before starting the installation is to locate the spots necessary for the placement of your white shaker cabinets.

To do this:

  1. Identify any elevated places on the ground, which can form over time. To level a cabinet, place pieces of wood below it.
  2. Place a straight board on the ground, followed by a level. Shim the level until the desired reading is obtained. Mark the highest point.
  3. Run a straight edge right against the wall where the front cabinet edge will terminate, comparing the high points of the cabinets to the back along the wall.
  4. Locate any protruding on the wall, such as material bumping out of the top.
  5. Locate any other faults in the wall by measuring cabinet height from the roof and marking the shifts owing to the hump.
  6. Determine the high position on the ceiling by measuring the cabinet's height on the roof and recording the location.

Step 4—Mark the Necessary Places For Your White Shaker Cabinets

Once you have satisfactorily discovered these spots, it is time to begin making the markings to use as a baseline for your installation.

Begin by outlining the spot on the wall where the top of the white shaker cabinets will end and measuring the length of their rear portion from the floor's highest point.

Draw a straight line around the area where the lowest white shaker cabinets will be installed.

Arrange and then fit the lowest spaces, beginning with the edge piece, and then placing the rest of them level together based on your kitchen plan.

Take an estimate and label the position of each white shaker cabinet box against the block.

Keep in consideration that the face panels extend beyond the box on each side, leaving a space on the back side. Use a shim if necessary.

Check the specifications for the openings like the stovetop, and make sure the white shaker cabinet doors turn in the right direction.

To start, attach a strip to the line for the bottom and top cabinets to assist them and keep them even.

Step 5—Begin By Installing the Top Layer White Shaker Cabinets

The first white shaker cabinet installation is on the upper level. To determine the length of the side of your top wall cabinets, start at the highest point of the ceiling and measure down.

Estimate and identify boundaries to either side and left of the initial mark, then draw an even straight line to connect them.

Do that across the room where the higher cabinets will be placed. Then, mark and name the location of each upper cabinet on a structure. Finally, verify the outlay and cabinet position.

Design the top cabinets on walls across the room and plan on installing them first. This keeps the foundation cabinets away from the way while you construct the top cabinets.

Step 6—Install Center and Corner White Shaker Cabinets

To install cabinets, use a finder to locate studs and mark the centre of each screw. Secure a ledger to each stud where the cabinet will be erected.

Select the right installation hardware, such as screws for the studs or lever nuts for plasterboard installation. Begin in a nook between two rows of kitchen cabinets.

Choose the proper installation material, such as screws for wall studs or toggle bolts for plasterboard installation.

Begin in a corner, where two rows of completed kitchen cabinets will intersect. Remove the cabinet doors and mark the stud locations on the rear with a pencil before screwing into the cabinet's installation rails.

Place the corner cabinet on the wall stud marking and fasten it to the ledger for added stability. To mount the cabinet on the wall, use the proper hardware for your wall type.

Step 7—Attach Upper and Middle White Shaker Cabinets Together

After securing the former cabinet, use clamps to put the latter cabinet to it.

Adjust your hooks and clamp down the next cabinet until it is even with the first, inserting pieces of wood if necessary.

When stationed, use your hooks to hold the white shaker cabinets together. Then drill a trial hole through the side of the face frame.

Each wall cabinet should have three holes. Attach the second cabinet to the first cabinet with a screw.

Step 8—Insert Remaining Hardware

This stage entails mounting all cabinets in order. Drill a trial hole through the back wall and the stud, then secure the cabinets together with a screw. Screw the cabinet against the wall and put a wooden piece if required.

Tighten the screws at the rear of the white shaker cabinet, making sure they stay level.

Test the drawers to check that they are level. Open up the screws that secure the drawer slides against the cabinet frame, then position the drawer vertically and tighten the screws.

To secure the drawer, drill an experimental hole through the second hole below the glide and screw it in place. Check for alignment by glancing at the cabinet components from the front.

Moving forward, create space within the white washer cabinet doors for knobs and pulls, ensuring that all handles line up.

Step 9—Follow the Same Process For Lower White Shaker Cabinets

Now that you have reached the last level, things are far easier. You just have to follow the steps you did before.

The process you now have to repeat includes removing cabinet doors, relocating studs, situating the cabinet on the wall, and attaching it to the wall.

Following that, attach the base cabinets with g-clamps, then drill pilot holes and countersink screws.

Put together the leftover base cabinets sequentially, fastening screws against the cabinet's back.

Adjust the base cabinet drawers and doors to ensure they are level. Create holes in the doors to ensure appropriate alignment of handles and pulls.

Step 10—Add the Finishing Touches

Now that your cabinets are installed, you can add the finishing touches to your project. You can put in finishing moulding, crown, scribe, and polish up.

Behold your brand new white shaker cabinets are installed!


Are white shaker cabinets still in style?

Yes, very much so!

You can check out our blog post for why they are timeless here.

Do white shaker cabinets turn yellow?

Yes, white shaker cabinets may turn yellow with age which is why it is important to maintain them.