Installing filler strips between your kitchen cabinets can be a tedious process. They’re usually included with the package of your cabinet, but they’re not often the exact size to fit your kitchen. Since kitchens are seldom alike in size, dimensions, and design, installing cabinet filler strips will require some handy work to make it fit.
So how can filler strips be installed between kitchen cabinets? You may either have upper cabinets or base cabinets, but the process is typically the same. First, you’ll need to measure the gaps between cabinets and the wall or the gap between an adjacent cabinet if you have a corner cabinet. Cut the filler strips to match your measurements. Once you're confident with the size, slide it between the gaps to attach it.
The tools used for this job are not to be handled lightly, especially the saw, belt sander, and drill if you intend to use them. Always be careful when using these tools to avoid any risks to your health. Always wear safety goggles and gloves while operating these tools. Always keep children and household pets away from the area that you will be working in. For additional safety, ask someone you trust to help you or spot you for support if you're climbing a step ladder.
If you have little to no experience operating these tools, and you see this as an advanced project, it’s highly advised that you contact a professional to do it for you. Here at Zothex Flooring, we take your safety seriously. We will be your partner in designing custom kitchen cabinets that fit your home only. Contact us and let us know if you are interested in styling your kitchen together.
Why thrice? Cutting the filler strips is irreversible, which is why you want to make absolutely sure that your measurements are accurate. It is also because spaces between cabinets or walls are seldom the same.
Gaps between kitchen cabinets are not universal in measurement. Take measurements of the gap from the top, middle, bottom of the cabinet to the wall or the neighboring cabinet. There are occurrences where sections of cabinet are inconsistent or you have uneven walls or an uneven floor in your kitchen; the cabinet bottom may be closer to the wall or adjoining cabinets than the top or your kitchen floor may slope downwards.
Also measure the height of your cabinet box or cabinet doors to know the exact size to cut the filler strip. You ideally want the cabinet filler strip widths and height to be the exact size or slightly larger to keep it forced between the gaps once you've installed them.
After you have found the measurements, cut a piece of cardboard to match the exact size. Then, place it in the gap to see how accurate your measurements were. You can use a simple utility knife to cut the edges of the cardboard that you feel is too wide or tall. Measure, test, and refine until you are confident with your measurements.
Once you have found the appropriate measurements, place the cardboard onto the strip of wood that is the gap filler. Trace around the cardboard and be prepared to saw, but don’t go at it just yet. Try to make your cut a few inches wide at first, and do this especially if you don't have access to an accurate circular saw.
You’ll need to repeat the process that you did with the initial cardboard sizing: measure, test, and refine. Use the belt sander to refine the edges of the strip until it's reached a snug fit in the gap between cabinets or the wall.
Spread the wood glue or silicone along the side of the filler strip. Then attach the strip diagonally. First place the glued side of the strip along near the cabinet, then push the other side until it aligns flush with your cabinet or a few inches within the gap, depending on your preference.
This method should be performed with the advice of someone who has had experience installing filler strips; you will be drilling through the cabinet's frame. Drilling holes through your cabinet will be irreversible.
First, remove the doors of the kitchen cabinet to make it easier for you. Then, place the small wooden blocks outside of the cabinet frame, flush with the front, behind where the hinges are attached. Align the blocks to where the hinges are screwed and pencil a mark below it; you will be drilling through the frame to attach a screw through this block.
Attach small blocks of wood to the back of the filler strip itself. To ensure that it is secure, counter-drill through the block until halfway through the filler strip, to avoid the sharp point of the screw poking out from the other side. Then drill in the screws to firmly attach the blocks.
Then drill a screw through the cabinet frame at the area that you marked previously. Afterwards, reattach the cabinet door.
Should attaching filler strips between your kitchen wall cabinets be too labor intensive for you, it is recommended to contact professional services such as Zothex Flooring.
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