Guide to DIY Cabinets

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Guide to DIY Cabinets

For people who enjoy working with their hands, building cabinets from scratch can be a fun and educational project. It does require some skills and a willingness to experiment, but it can also be a great way to add a unique touch to a kitchen, bathroom, or other rooms in the house without purchasing cabinets from a retail store.


Building DIY Cabinets

Building DIY cabinets does involve a lot of work and buying the right materials and tools. With some spare time and willingness, anyone can build beautiful cabinets to provide charm and storage for a home.


Plan the cabinets before beginning. There are two types of cabinets - floor cabinets and upper cabinets. The general height of the floor cabinet should be 91cm and the depth 61cm. The lower indentation, or toe kick area, should be 10cm high by 7.6cm deep. The distance between the top of the countertop and the bottom of the upper cabinet should be 45cm - 61cm and the upper cabinets are usually 30.5cm deep. The length of all cabinets depends on how big the area is and how much space is available. It is best to draw out the plan for the cabinets with measurements of the room to scale before starting the project.


Assemble all the materials needed. Pick the right wood for the cabinets and have the pieces cut to size. For an upper wall cabinet, there will be two sides, a top and bottom, and facing panels.

Start Gluing

Use a strong wood glue to align the base panels to the bottom panel. Make sure that one flat face meets perfectly with the back edge of the panel, and one is 7.6cm away from the end. Use butt joints to screw up through the bottom of the cabinet and into the bottom edge of the panels to secure them.

Glue the sides to the bottom and use butt joints again to secure them. Nail the back panel on by using small screws that go through the back of the panel and into the sides, about 2.5cm apart around the edges.

Reinforce the joints by screwing in corner brackets in all corners. Add on the facing panels, which will be the doors. This can be tricky and requires a little more extensive skill. A professional can help install the brackets if this is above the DIYer’s skill set.

Mounting Cabinets

Once the cabinet is finished, it needs to be mounted on the wall. The first step is to draw a horizontal line where the bottom edge of the cabinet will sit. Use a ruler and pencil to do so. Use a stud finder to find the studs in the wall and then lift the cabinets to the designated spot. This may require some assistance as you’ll need to hold the cabinets in place and then use a drill to screw through the wood and secure them into the wall studs.



Building DIY cabinets is easier than ever because supplies are available at local hardware stores or online outlets like eBay, but it can be a time consuming project. Most of the steps require a little knowledge about carpentry and the right tools to make sure the edges are aligned evenly. However, the finished result is worth the effort.

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