How to install overhead cabinets?

Installing overhead cabinets can add both functionality and style to your space. Whether you are revamping your kitchen, laundry room or garage, overhead cabinets serve as storage solutions. In this article, we will take you through the process of installing overhead cabinets, sharing practical tips to ensure a successful installation.

See also: How to make a bookshelf?


How to install overhead cabinets?

Gather the necessary tools and materials


Ensure that you have the following at hand:

  • Power drill
  • Level
  • Measuring tape
  • Screws and anchors
  • Screwdriver
  • Carpenter’s pencil
  • Cabinet template
  • Safety goggles

Determine cabinet placement

Proper placement is crucial for both functionality and aesthetics.

  • Locate wall studs: Use a stud finder to locate the wall studs. These are essential for securely anchoring your cabinets.
  • Measure and mark: Measure the height from the countertop to the desired bottom edge of the cabinet. Mark this measurement on the wall, ensuring that it is
  • Use a cabinet template: Place the cabinet template on the wall, aligning it with the marked line. This template will guide you in marking the positions of the cabinet’s top corners and additional cabinets.

Prepare the installation area

  • Clear the area: Remove any items from the installation area to avoid obstacles during the installation process.
  • Protect countertops: Cover the countertops and surfaces with a drop cloth to catch any debris or falling objects.

Mount the cabinets

  • Attach a support board: For easier installation, attach a temporary support board along the cabinet’s bottom edge to hold the cabinet while you secure it.
  • Drill pilot holes: Using the cabinet template as a guide, drill pilot holes into the wall studs where the cabinet will be mounted.
  • Lift and secure: Carefully lift the cabinet and place it onto the support board. Align the cabinet with the pilot holes and secure it to the wall with screws and anchors.

Align and level cabinets

  • Check for level: Use a level to ensure the cabinet is perfectly horizontal. Adjust as needed by adding shims behind the cabinet.
  • Check for alignment: Place a straight edge across the top of multiple cabinets to ensure alignment. Make any necessary adjustments.

Install cabinet doors and hardware

How to install overhead cabinets?


  • Attach doors: If your cabinets come with doors, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to attach them securely.
  • Install hardware: Attach handles, knobs or other hardware as desired, enhancing both functionality and aesthetics.



How high should I install overhead cabinets?

A standard height is around 18 inches but this can vary based on personal preference and cabinet size.

Can I install overhead cabinets on my own?

While it is possible, having a second person to assist with lifting and alignment is recommended.

What type of screws should I use for cabinet installation?

Use screws that are appropriate for your wall type. Wall anchors may be necessary for added support.

Should cabinets be installed before or after the backsplash?

Install cabinets first and then add the backsplash to ensure a seamless fit.

Do I need special tools to install cabinets?

Basic tools like a power drill, level and measuring tape are essential. Additional tools may be required depending on your cabinet design.

Can I install cabinets on a plaster wall?

Yes, but you will need special anchors designed for plaster walls.

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