Kitchen cabinets work to provide adequate work and storage space in any kitchen. The cabinets can also be used to bring in some style and complement the rest of the kitchen decor. If you are thinking of installing cabinets in your kitchen, you must be prepared to allow some time during the installation period where access to your kitchen may be restricted and your kitchen may not be as functional. Proper installation requires time and since installing new cabinets is not cheap, it is only logical to allow enough time to ensure that the job is well done. So how long does it take to install kitchen cabinets?
Well, there is one answer to fit all situations given that cabinets come in different types and different homeowners have different requirements where cabinets are concerned. The time it takes to install cabinets in a kitchen varies depending on a number of factors. Below are some of the factors that determine the duration required to have properly install kitchen cabinets in your home.
1. Man power
Manpower plays a major role when it comes to cabinet installation. The number of people available will affect the duration and the more the manpower, the more the installation time reduces. If you plan to do the installation yourself, you will take longer to have job done but can enlist the help of family member to shorten this duration. The level of expertise also matters and one person who is experienced in installing cabinets will do a faster job than four people with minimal experience. If you get people to install your cabinets, their level of professionalism will also affects the time duration and professionals will work fast to deliver quality results but within the shortest duration possible. To ensure that your work in done perfectly, and in record time, get professionals who will work fast and deliver beyond your expectations.
2. Complexity of the job
Cabinets come in different styles and designs and their complexity varies. Complex cabinets will definitely require more work and will in most cases take longer than simple cabinets. To make work easier, it is always good to have all parts made and measured to fit your kitchen and the design that you want and only start putting together the cabinets after all pieces are complete. Using a professional in this case is also recommended as a professional is well equipped with the skills required to install complex cabinets.
Some cabinets on the other come already assembled and all that is required is to mount them on the walls. Such a job will often take just a few hours and you can have your kitchen functional the same day especially in you have some installation experience or you get a contractor to come install them for you.
3. The state of the walls where the cabinets should be mounted
The walls that will back the cabinets must be clean, level and smooth for a polished and seamless final look. If this is not the case, the walls will have to be adjusted and this may end up taking a few hours to a few days before the cabinet mounting can start. If the workmanship in your home is poor, then there is a possibility that the walls may not be perfect for cabinet installation and corrections have to be made. Old homes are also affected as it is normal for the walls to deteriorate over time. You should not worry about the extra time required to rectify the walls as this will save you a lot of money and headaches in the future.
For imperfect walls, you can always plan and have this rectified way before you get your cabinets and hire someone to install them for you. If you are not sure about the state of your walls, you can get ask a professional to have a look and determine the repairs that should be done before you can install your cabinets. If yours is a new home, it is always advisable to have the kitchen cabinets installed after the rough wiring and plumbing is done but before the finishing touches on the floor are made to safeguard your floors from construction damage. If you are replacing old cabinet with new ones take caution and ensure there is minimal if any damage on the walls.
4. The size of the kitchen and the number of cabinets to be installed.
A large kitchen will have more cabinet space than a small kitchen and this automatically translates to more kitchen cabinets. Installing cabinets in a large kitchen will therefore take longer than it would take when installing cabinets in a small kitchen. This off course is if all other factors such as manpower, complexity and state of the walls remain constant. Based on the points discussed above, it is clear that there is no standard answer to how long cabinet installation should take. Most contractors will actually ask you how fast you would like the job done and try to work out a schedule to finish the job within the duration that you have stated. If you have the functionality and design of the cabinets that you want for your kitchen then installation can take anything between a few hours to about a few weeks. You however have to remain reasonable and allow some flexibility especially where installation is not easy and unforeseen situations arise. If you are not ready to do the installation on your own or you would like the installation done within a short duration , get some professionals to do the job for you. This way, you can be assured or quality services. Depending on the amount of work to be done during the installation period, the contractor will get a team who are able to complete the work within the time that you have agreed. Professionals come at a cost but the cost cannot be compared to the numerous benefits that come with having a skilled person handle one of the most expensive and important parts of a functional kitchen.