Retail, project and showroom installations often include several steps that require great care from start to end. Quality installation is crucial due to the ability to make or break a space, and if done right, can turn a well planned design into reality, value and sales. However, kitchen installations are not easy. Even for those experienced in the field, factors like the space, materials, and color palette all affect the overall outcome of the space. In order to curb these potential bottlenecks, it is important to minimize the number of variables involved in the installation process.
In this article, we present our essential installation tips and tricks, that are sure to help a perfect kitchen installation, no matter the level of expertise.
1. The Key To Accurate Installations Is Great Planning
Planning is often understood as the first step of a kitchen installation and includes getting the overall vision and feel for how the place will look, locating materials, and more. However, this step is an integral part not only at the beginning of the journey, but also towards the end. Kitchen installations are bound to go haywire if they aren’t meticulously planned out. Everything from the order of installation to the type of flooring and wall space has an effect on the quality of the installation. An expert installer often spends hours planning out how the furniture and design solutions are to be installed, and create markers and cabinet lines to indicate where they will be placed. They also take their time in determining an accurate measurement of door space, floor space, and ceiling space for installations as well as for logistics.
2. Take Accurate Measurements That Include The Height, Width, And Depth Of All The Objects In The Room
As mentioned previously, planning often includes taking accurate measurements of floor, ceiling, and wall space. However, that isn’t the only aspect that needs to be measured. To ensure that the end product is ideal, it is important for installations to include the minor details. Electrical sockets, additional furniture, walking space, and appliances all have the capacity to influence the final outcome. Aspects like wall trims also need to be accounted for, even if there is a slight difference. Sometimes during the initial planning process, slightly larger or smaller measurements may have been taken that may have changed over the course of the renovation. This change in measurement can mean that the cabinetry or islands purchased will not fit in the same space anymore. This is why retaking measurements is a crucial step to conduct right before installation so as to mitigate the risk of installing the cabinetry or other furniture, only for it not to fit or open properly. By retaking measurements in advance, any differences can be modified before the final nail is put in the installation.
3. To Ensure Accuracy, Always Use Professional Tools
The one aspect that should not be skipped out on is acquiring professional tools for the installation process. Not having the right tools can often cause delays and incorrect measurements. Research the tools needed for the installation, and if not already in possession, purchase them for a seamless and hassle-free process. Tools like levelers, screwdriver tips, and other hand gear are often always needed, so it is best to stock up on those well in advance.
4. Start From Top To Bottom
The best way to conduct the installation process is to adopt a ‘top to bottom’ approach. It is considered best to start with ceiling lights or cabinetry and once everything on top is installed, to begin placing furniture on the flooring of the space. This approach is considered to be effective primarily due to the fact that starting from the top means that the individuals conducting the installation have more room to freely place ladders and other tools while reaching the height required. Moreover, it is also a great way to mitigate any accidents that may occur and damage the furniture below.
5. Completely Remove Any And All Items From The Space Before The Process Begins
This step is considered to be one of the first steps in realizing the installation itself. Remove doors and other objects that are placed in the kitchen so that there is additional space for the furniture to be placed on and reduce the risk of any logistical issues.
This article is but a brief look into the overall process of installation and its pitfalls that can cause havoc if not avoided. Kitchen-Finder is known to be one of the best when it comes to kitchen installations, and with our team of experts, we can help install retail, project an showrooms or train installation teams do the same for their customers.
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