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How to fit kitchen drawers

Fitting kitchen drawers

If you want to add character to your kitchen, well chosen doors and drawers are a great way to go about it and using our guide, you’ll understand just how easy it is to fit them to your new kitchen units. It explains how to screw on hinge plates, how to secure cupboard doors and drawer fronts into place, when and how to attach handles. You’ll also find detailed instructions on aligning your doors correctly, and what to do if you need to move them up or down, left or right, in or out.

Preparation

Doors and drawers should only be fitted after your cabinets have been assembled and installed, so make sure everything is level and secure before you proceed.

Aftercare

Once you have fitted your doors and drawers, you are ready to fit your handles. See our help and advice page for 'how to fit handles to doors and drawers' for further guidance.

Wickes Tip

Keep the blue protective film cover on your doors and drawers for as long as possible to avoid any damage. Once your kitchen build is complete, and your work surface is secure, you will be ready to unveil your new kitchen!

Safety

  • Take care when using a screwdriver and make sure you do not overtighten screws, as this can damage your cabinets.

Step by step instructions

Step 1 of fitting drawers
1

Drill and screw the drawer slides to the side panels of the base unit using the pre-marked holes. Make sure the runner wheel is facing the front of the cabinet.

Step 2 of fitting drawers
2

Assemble the sides, back and bottom of the drawer. Place cam studs and dowels into the holes in the edges of the two side panels. Insert locking cams into the holes in the back panel, making sure the arrows point towards the outside edges. Attach the back panel to the sides, using a screwdriver to tighten the cams and then slide the base of the drawer into place. Drawer assembly varies, so always check the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 3 of fitting  drawers
3

Hold the drawer front to the drawer, slot it into position and tighten the fixing screws.

Step 4 of fitting drawers
4

Slide the drawer into the drawer slides you attached to the side panels of the base unit in step 1.

How to hang a wall cabinet

Hanging a wall cabinet in the kitchen

Wall cabinets offer handy storage and can be a great design feature in any kitchen. But they must be hung securely, evenly and in the correct place. Our guide will show you how to hang your new kitchen cabinets no matter if you’re working with masonry or timber frame walls. You’ll find out how to mark up your walls, how to check for cables and pipes, where to position the cabinets, ensure they’re level and finally, how to fix and secure them to the wall.

Preparation

Before you do anything, find out whether you have masonry or timber frame walls. With masonry walls, cabinets can be hung anywhere. With timber frame walls, you need to identify secure points onto which the wall brackets can be fixed. This is important as it could affect the final design of your kitchen, and the size of the cabinets you’re able to hang.

Aftercare

After hanging your wall cabinets, secure them to each other with screws to increase their strength. Find more information on this technique on our help and advice page for 'how to install base cabinets'.

Wickes Tip

Hanging a large wall cabinet is a two-person job, so make sure you have help so you can ensure it hangs safely and securely on the wall. When fixing doors and handles, make sure you use a stepladder rather than standing on the base cabinets or worktop as this can cause unnecessary damage. Always ensure your wall cabinets are level with a spirit level.

Safety

  • Always wear safety goggles and gloves when drilling.

Step by step instructions

step 1 of installing a kitchen wall cabinet
1

Starting in a corner, draw a line at the height where you want the bottom of your cabinet to be using a measuring tape, spirit level and pencil.

step 2 of installing a kitchen wall cabinet
2

Use the spirit level to mark exactly where the outline of the cabinet will be, making sure the corners are clearly defined.

step 3 of installing a kitchen wall cabinet
3

At the back of the cabinet, you’ll find the hooks that will attach it to the wall bracket. Using a tape measure, measure the distance these hooks are from top and side of cabinet.

step 4 of installing a kitchen wall cabinet
4

Mark these measurements onto the outline you’ve drawn on the wall so you know where the brackets need to be positioned.

step 5 of installing a kitchen wall cabinet
5

Use the brackets as a guide to mark the exact position of the screw holes.

step 6 of installing a kitchen base cabinet
6

Use a drill bit and drill setting appropriate to your wall type to create the holes. Place wall plugs into the holes and screw the brackets into place.

step 7 of installing a kitchen wall cabinet
7

Lift the cabinet into place slightly above the brackets and carefully lower it down so that the cabinet brackets hook onto the wall brackets.

step 8 of installing a kitchen wall cabinet
8

To make sure the cabinet is level, use a spirit level and a screwdriver to adjust the adjuster block inside the cabinet. Clamp and screw adjacent cabinets together and then use the spirit level to check they are all level.