How To Install a Kitchen Corner Unit
A kitchen corner unit is a fundamental component in the layout, playing a crucial role in utilising space efficiently and creating a seamless flow in the kitchen. At Better Kitchens, we bring you quality, affordability, and excellence embodied in our premium DIY kitchens.
Our kitchen corner units are no exception to this rule. They form a solid foundation for the rest of your kitchen setup, without demanding a premium price tag. Here, we guide you through the installation process to ensure you achieve a professionally fitted look.
Safety and Preparation
Before starting the installation, prioritise safety and ensure you have all the necessary tools and materials.
- Ensure the area is well-ventilated and free from any obstructions.
- Use protective gear like gloves and eye protection during the installation.
Required Tools and Materials:
- Spirit Level
- Screwdriver or Drill
- Screws and Wall Fixings
- Measuring Tape
- Measure the space to ascertain the corner unit fits perfectly.
- If your design includes a corner void or requires a corner post, ensure these are accounted for in your measurements.
- Assemble the corner unit as per the manufacturer’s instructions. If the unit has adjustable legs, set them to the correct height.
Marking the Area:
- With a spirit level, mark a horizontal line on the wall indicating where the top of the unit will be placed.
- Mark vertical lines to show the edges of the unit, if necessary.
Positioning the Unit:
- Carefully move the unit into position, aligning it properly with any corner void or corner post included in your design.
- Check the level using a spirit level, adjusting the legs if needed.
Securing the Unit:
- Once levelled and positioned correctly, secure the unit to the wall using the appropriate fixings.
- If the unit is part of a larger run of cabinets, secure it to adjacent cabinets as well.
Checking the Work:
- Ensure that doors and drawers operate smoothly, with enough clearance provided by the corner void or corner post.
- Confirm the unit is securely fixed and make any required adjustments.
- Install end panels, plinths, and other finishing touches if necessary.
- Clean and tidy up the work area.
- Uneven Cabinets: If cabinets appear uneven, re-check the level and adjust the legs accordingly.
- Doors not Operating Smoothly: Ensure the unit is fixed securely and that there's sufficient clearance from the corner void or post.
FAQs: Installing Corner Units
We understand that the process of installing a kitchen corner unit may present some queries. Below are some frequently asked questions along with their answers to assist you through the installation process. If your question isn't covered here, feel free to reach out to our support team for further assistance.
If my wall isn't completely square, how can I ensure the correct installation of the corner unit?
Adjust the position of the corner unit until it aligns correctly with the wall. This alignment is crucial as it affects how the adjoining cabinets will line up.
Are the necessary screws and wall fittings for installing the corner unit supplied?
The type of screws and wall fittings required may vary due to different wall finishes; hence, they are not supplied with the delivery.
How do I make sure the corner unit is level before securing it to the wall?
Utilise a spirit level to check the level both horizontally and vertically. Adjust the legs or add shims under the base until the unit is level.
Can I manage the installation of the corner unit on my own, or should I have someone to assist me?
While it's possible to install the corner unit on your own, having a second person can make the process easier, especially when securing the unit to the wall.
What steps should I follow if the doors of the corner unit don't align properly after installation?
Ensure the unit is level and properly aligned. If necessary, make adjustments to the position or the legs of the unit. If the doors still don’t align, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions on door adjustments or consider consulting a professional.
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Installing a kitchen corner unit is the stepping stone to achieving a well-aligned and functional kitchen layout.
By following the outlined steps, you are well on your way to embodying the ethos of quality, affordability, and excellence that Better Kitchens stands for.
Your kitchen is not just a cooking space, but a reflection of your taste and standards, and getting the installation right is paramount to enjoying a fabulous kitchen space.