How To Cut into Cabinets for Dishwasher Installation

Dishwashers are very necessary appliances, something every kitchen should have. There are basically two kinds of dishwashers, one that is portable and the other that is built-in. Portable dishwashers have wheels which are rolled up next to the sink where it can easily be connected to the faucet and plugged into an electrical outlet located close by. The disadvantage of this type of dishwasher is that it will require a storage area when not in use. The built-in dishwasher however does not occupy space on your kitchen floor and is kept out of sight. It is also much convenient to use as it stays in place and can be used anytime it is needed. This type of dishwasher can be installed with a few modifications on your kitchen cabinets. The following instructions will teach you how:

  • Determine a good location for the dishwasher. It must not be placed directly under your sink but in an area quite close to it. Since you may have to cut into your cabinet to provide the space needed by your dishwasher, find out which cabinet is not as frequently used and one that you can do without. Measure the front of your dishwasher’s width and height. Watch out for any plumbing that may obstruct your dishwasher space.
  • Following your dishwasher’s measurement, cut out a plastic bag of the same size. Tape this onto your cabinet at the bottom of your countertop. Measure the height and width of the entire dishwasher this time. Place these measurements onto a paper bag to work as your template. Now set this template in such a way that the bottom is touching the floor while keeping it centered on your chosen area. Use tape to keep it in place and trace an outline of the template on your cabinets.
  • Remove the doors of the cabinet you will be cutting away. If there are any hinges or other attachments, you will need to remove them as well. Start by cutting off the face of your cabinet with a jigsaw. A handsaw can be used to remove whatever pieces are left behind. Pull the cabinet’s face away. Cut out whatever obstructions may be left on the interior that cause an obstruction for your dishwasher. Fit in your dishwasher on the opening and push it back in such a way that its facing meets the face of the cabinet. Screw in the floor pads so they are at the same level as the dishwasher. Take your appliance out of the opening and set it aside temporarily.
  • You must ensure that both your electrical lines and water lines are easily accessible. You may have to drill a hole for these lines to go through in case there may be walls from the cabinet coming in between your dishwasher and the area where your sink is situated.
  • Begin installation. You can now start to install your drain line, water supply, and electrical installations.

Installing your own built-in dishwasher can save you a lot of money instead of having to hire the services of a professional. However, you may need to seek some expert advice in cases where you are a bit unsure of what you are supposed to do, especially when it comes to installing your electrical and water lines. Following some simple instructions can help you along the process of successfully doing this project on your own.


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