Fitting Your Own Kitchen

Instead of paying hundreds of pounds to somebody to fit your kitchen, why not fit it yourself?

Most people have the ability to complete this task, and if you need to, you can bring in the specialists as and when required.

Over a number of pages, you’ll find our step-by-step guides and instructions to help you fit your own kitchen. We’ve also included photos of a kitchen recently fitted by Dave.

Once you’ve fitted your new kitchen and your partner’s patted you on the back, you can sit down to a lovely meal and bottle of wine to discuss how you’re going to spend the money saved by fitting your new kitchen yourself!

To completely fit a new kitchen you need to be a competent DIYer, with good skills in carpentry and a good knowledge of electrical and plumbing work. If some of the work needs to be carried out by a plumber, (Gas Safe registered for gas work – use this site to check your engineer) joiner or an electrician then these are costs that need to be considered. Even with these costs you can save a lot of money fitting the kitchen units yourself. I was recently quoted around £1500 to fit a basic kitchen and the quote excluded plumbing and electrical work so there are great savings to be made with DIY.

Fitting a new kitchen isn’t a ‘two minute job’ and requires a lot of tools :-

  • Battery drill / driver plus wood and masonry drill bits
  • Electricians screwdrivers
  • Power / pipe detector
  • Claw / lump hammers
  • Bolster chisel
  • Spirit level
  • Pliers
  • Side cutters
  • Pump pliers
  • Saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Tape measure
  • Sealant gun
  • Square
  • Marker pens

Read the works in detail here.

When finishing off the new kitchen its worth sealing any gaps at the back of the worktops with clear sealant so there is less risk of water damage before the wall(s) are tiled. Any small gaps between the kitchen units and the wall(s) can be filled using cuts of decorative clad end panel, doing this gives the kitchen a more professional finish. As shown in one of the images below I partly filled a gap between a washing machine and a wall using a piece of 75 x 15mm timber with cabinet magnets on the reverse for ease of removal, then simply tiled the timber using liquid nails as an adhesive, it was simple to do and leaves a small gap for washing machine movement. The last job aside cleaning up and telling everyone how hard you have had to work like I do, is to blank any pre-drilled holes in the units with the plastic blanks / caps that come with the units.

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