What is Trim Under Cabinet Called?
Trim Under Cabinet Called refers to the woodwork that surrounds your cabinets. These are usually made from one piece of lumber which makes them stronger than other types of furniture. They also have a smooth finish so they look better than any other type of furniture.
There are two main types of trim: drawer and wall trim. Drawer trim is all the woodwork around your drawers. Wall trim includes the top, sides and bottom of your walls.
Drawer Trim Basics
The most common type of drawer trim is called “cabinet sheathing.” This means it’s attached to the inside of your cabinets with screws or nails. You’ll see this kind of trim on many modern designs like those found in Ikea cabinets. (See picture above.
Notice how the shelf is attached to the cabinet with screws.)
Cabinet sheathing is not only strong but it’s also easy to install. You just need some screws and nails. If you’re using hardware cloth, then you don’t even need to drill holes into your cabinets!
Wall Trim Basics
In contrast, there are several different kinds of wall trim available today. Some are solid wood and others are plywood. You can also buy a pre-assembled kit or you can make your own. The choice is up to you and depends a lot on what you’re comfortable working with and how much you want to spend.
The most common type of trim is plywood. You can buy a 4′ x 8′ sheets at your local home improvement store or lumber yard. The next step is to cut it into strips using a table saw or circular saw. You’ll want to buy some corner clamps too.
Using clamps makes the plywood stronger and prevents it from warping. For best results, follow the instructions that come with the clamps.
You need to cut your plywood strips to the size of your drawers and cabinets. However, you don’t want to waste plywood by having strips that are bigger than what you need. First, measure the inside of your drawers and cabinets to get their exact size. Then measure the height and width of the plywood to calculate how many strips you’ll need.
Divide the height by the width to get the number of strips needed in the width direction. Repeat this process in the length direction to get the number of strips needed in the length direction.
For example, let’s say you have a drawer that’s 30 inches wide and 15 inches high. You also have a 4 foot by 8 foot plywood sheet. Using the above instructions, you would get:
Number of strips in width direction = 15 ÷ 4 = 3.75
Number of strips in length direction = 30 ÷ 8 = 3
So you’ll need 3 strips in the width direction and 3 strips in the length direction. (3 x 3 = 9 strips total) This will give you a piece that’s exactly 30 inches wide and 15 inches high.
To connect the strips, you can either use wood glue and nails or screws. If you’re going with screws, then you’ll need to drill pilot holes before putting in the screws. Otherwise the wood can split.
I recommend using clamps to fasten the strips together. If you have a lot of strips, you might want to get a clamp rack to hold them up off the ground.
After the strips are assembled, it’s time to cut them to size. This is the same process as above; measure, calculate, cut.
The tricky part of wall trim is that you’ll have to cut out the holes for your drawers and doors. There are several ways you can do this:
You can just cut the front and back strips and leave the side strips full size. This will give you a solid front and back and open sides. You can then fill in the sides around your doors and drawers with wood putty. The downside is that if you ever need to get into the walls, you’ll have to tear down the trim.
The second option is to only partially cut out the full strips. Instead of cutting through the entire strip, stop cutting about halfway through. This will create a frame around your drawers and doors. The upside is that you don’t have to fill in the gaps with wood putty.
The downside is that the trim may not be as secure and you may need to use nails or screws to hold it together. Also, the visible cut lines may or may not look good with the rest of your decor.
After you’ve cut out all the holes, it’s time to put up the wall trim. First, attach the bottom strip to all your cabinets and drawers. Since this will be completely covered by your baseboards, it can be shorter than the top strip.
Then, starting at the top, attach a strip so that the ends of it extend past the bottom strip. (see photo)
Continue attaching strips until you reach the bottom. When you get to the bottom, measure the width of your baseboard and cut the bottom strip to length. Also decide how high up you want the bottom edge of your baseboard to hang from the floor. The higher it is, the more covered your wall and drawer bottoms will be.
Attach the bottom strip to the bottom of the bottom strip already on the wall so that the excess comes together in a corner. Then, put up the final strip to hide the corner.
You now have a completely functional and beautiful pantry!
But wait! Your pantry looks too plain for you to show off to all your friends. Lucky for you, we’ve got just the thing to spruce it up: Crown Molding!
Crown molding is a classic way to dress up any room, and it’s surprisingly easy to install. All you need is a miter saw and a few wood screws.
First, take your measurements and cut the pieces at the correct angles. Attach one long side to the top of one of your walls using your drill and screws. Then, cut and attach the second piece so that the top edge is parallel to but half an inch away from the first piece. (See photo)
Next, find the middle of your long bottom piece and attach it at a 90 degree angle to the wall. Then cut and attach the shorter piece so that the top edge is parallel to but half an inch away from the first piece. (Again, see photo).
Now you can put up your crown molding and finally see your pantry in all its glory!
There you have it folks. A beautiful, fully functioning pantry to hold all your food and items. I hope this has been helpful.
If you need directions on anything else, be sure to head to your local library or book store and pick up one of the many ‘Do It Yourself’ books available.
Good luck and happy building!
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