Image: Carisbrooke kitchen, B&Q
It’s really quite easy to give your kitchen a new lease of life by installing your own base units and you’ll be saving precious pounds at the same time. All you need are a few basic tools and you can get a whole new look
Always start by removing your old units and disconnecting power and water supplies. It’s also a good idea to finish any preparatory work you need to do on the walls and ceiling before you start fitting your units. So try and put the first coat of paint on the walls and ceiling before you fit the units, and the top coat after they’re in place. Please note, cupboard measurement may differ from those stated below. If you’re unsure, check with your manufacturer.
1 Using a spirit level as a straight edge, mark a horizontal guideline on the walls level with where the top of the units will go. Line them up with any existing appliances that you have. Don’t forget to allow for the legs when you’re working out the height of your units.
2 Starting with a corner cabinet, put together the base units and move them into place. Rotate the legs of each unit to adjust the height until it lines up with the pencil guideline on the wall. Use a spirit level to check the run of cabinets is level.
3 Clamp adjoining cabinets together to hold them securely. Wrap masking tape 20mm from the end of a 3mm twist bit as a depth guide. Drill between the two hinge holes, through one cabinet and 4mm into the next, stopping when you reach the tape. You’ll need to do this at both hinge positions. Next, screw the units together using the 25mm screws supplied.
4 To turn a corner with a run of cabinets, you’ll need to fit a corner post – otherwise there’ll be an ugly gap. Screw two brackets at the top and bottom of the inside face of the central post of the cabinet that goes into the corner.
5 Insert two 30mm screws through each bracket from behind, into the corner post. Then drill two pilot holes through the side panel of the next unit, 13mm in from the outer edge and steering clear of the hinge positions. Next, screw 30mm screws through the holes and into the corner post.
6 You’ll then need to attach each base to the wall with two brackets. Start by marking the drilling positions in pencil on the wall and cabinet. Remember to check for any pipes or cables before you drill into the wall. On solid masonry, use a drill with a hammer action and masonry bit, and wall plugs too. On plasterboard, use plasterboard fixings. Drill a pilot hole into the cabinet and secure the bracket with a 15mm screw. On end panels, angle the screws slightly downwards so they’re easy to get to.
Any fitting or moving of gas appliances must be carried out by a Gas Safe registered professional. Modifications to plumbing or electrics must be in accordance with the Wiring and Building Regulations. If you’re in any doubt, get advice from a professional.
Main image Carisbrooke kitchen, B&Q
Project courtesy of B&Q www.diy.com