April 28, 2021

How Long Does It Take to Install Kitchen Cabinets?

Nobody loves living in a construction mess. Having a timeline for the individual renovation steps allows you to plan how many days or weeks your kitchen is out of commission. It’s therefore only natural to want to know how long it takes to install kitchen cabinets. When you’re working with experts like ShelfGenie®, the actual custom kitchen cabinet installation typically takes only a day or two. That’s because a lot has to happen before the actual installation can begin. Depending on how extensively you want to alter your kitchen footprint, you may have to:

  • Plan and design the layout and functionality of your kitchen and cabinetry
  • Consider products that may have a long lead time (for example, those imported Italian backsplash tiles you fell in love with that are on backorder!)
  • Fabricate your custom cabinets
  • Clean out and sort through what’s currently in your cabinets
  • Remove existing cabinets
  • Alter plumbing (for example, if you are moving a sink, dishwasher, or even your fridge)
  • Change electrical features such as adding outlets and lighting
  • Account for drywall and paint work
  • Fit countertops
  • Only when all of these steps are tackled, it’s time to install your new kitchen cabinets.

Average Kitchen Cabinet Installation Timeframes

Your timeframe for cabinet installation depends on factors such as the type of materials you have chosen, the number of cabinets you are installing, and the size of your kitchen.

Factors Affecting Kitchen Cabinet Installation Time

Installing new kitchen cabinets generally takes five to seven days for a contractor to complete due to a various factors:

Size and Complexity of the Kitchen

More specifically, how many custom cabinets are you installing? Do they have extra features? The more cabinets and shelves you install, the bigger the job. If you want to move outlets, add lighting, replace or move plumbing, understand that each trade will require time to complete their necessary steps.

Cabinet Material Selection

The type of cabinet material you opt for can have an impact on the installation time.

  • Solid wood cabinets are heavy and require to be anchored with additional supports.
  • Plywood cabinets are relatively light to carry and install.
  • MDF cabinets contain compressed wood fibers and are lighter in weight.
  • Particle board cabinets made from wood chips are easy to install, are the least expensive and also the least durable option.
  • Stainless steel or aluminum cabinets can be challenging to install because of their weight, and because they require special tools.

Availability of Qualified Installers in Your Area

The demand for skilled tradespeople fluctuates depending on the time of year. Vet the installers in your area and be prepared to wait for an opening in availability.

Relocating Plumbing or Electrical Lines

Relocating plumbing or electrical lines are best left to the licensed pros.Once you’ve layed out your wants and needs, the professional tradespeople can share their respective steps and timelines while keeping in mind that the modifications should meet city building codes.

  • Plan and design the new placement of the cabinets, plumbing, or electrical lines.
  • Turn off utilities connected to those lines, like the water supply.
  • Remove the existing cabinets, making note of the location of the lines and their connections.
  • Assess the current plumbing system to determine their state and the best route for the new lines.
  • Hire a licensed electrician to relocate electrical lines.
  • Work with reliable drywall and painter teams
  • Attach cabinets securely to the wall.

Unexpected Issues During Demolition

Most construction projects hold a surprise or two. Cabinet removal may expose issues hiding in walls and flooring. Should you find water damage, rot, or if the placement of your new kitchen cabinets requires upgrades to plumbing and electrical, it will extend the timeline and impact the overall cost of the project. The same holds true should you change your kitchen layout altogether. If there are unexpected structural problems or a delay in cabinet delivery, your completion date may be later than anticipated.

A few other issues that may arise during the demolition phase:

  • Damage hidden behind the cabinets may be revealed when the cabinets are removed
  • Faulty wiring or leaky pipes
  • Poor wall conditions such as holes, stripped hardware, or stubborn adhesive
  • Damaged flooring

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