Kitchen Cabinet Filler Strips-Everything You Need to Know

Filler strips are pieces of wood or plastic used for covering gaps in woodworking. Kitchen cabinet filler strips simply fill spaces between a cabinet and other objects with wood.

The filler strips are usually installed between the cabinets and the wall. The wall may appear straight, but it is probably not perfect. A small gap is usually left before the wall of most cabinets to account for this.

Benefit Of Kitchen Cabinet Filler Strips

The filler strips close gaps between cabinets and walls and appliances and gives the cabinets a more finished appearance. Sometimes, they’re used to allow corner cabinet doors to swing completely open.

Where to Find Filler Strips?

The best way to purchase filler strips that match your cabinets is through the manufacturer or retailer.

Home improvement stores like The Home Depot and Ikea have a wide selection of filler strips for cabinets. Generally, these match the cabinet styles offered by the store. For painting your cabinets, you can also purchase nonmatching filler strips.

You may also use boards made of the same wood as your cabinets and finish them to match.

To get a close match, it is helpful to test any stain or finish product on scrap wood of the same type or the back of the wood you will be using. Paint can be applied to any wood type, so there is no requirement for the cabinets to match.

How To Install Kitchen Cabinet Filler Strips?

You can install filler strips in two different ways:

1.Install Cabinet Filler Strips Against A Wall
2.Install Cabinet Filler Strips Between Corner Cabinets

Install Cabinet Filler Strips Against A Wall

Tools you’ll need:

  • Scribing tool
  • 3/16″ drill bit
  • Cabinet clamp or claw
  • Cabinet screws with trim heads
  • Belt sander
  • Miter saw and table saw

Step By Step For Installing Kitchen Cabinet Filler Strips

1.Measure the gap between the wall and the cabinet. measure both the top and bottom width of the cabinet, as well as the height.

2.To cut the filler strips to the height of your cabinet, use a miter saw.

3.Use a table saw to cut the strip just slightly wider than the widest point you measured.

4.Attach the strip to the cabinet with a cabinet claw, then place it against the wall.

5.Using a compass and pen, transfer the contour of the wall to the filler strip.

6.Use the belt sander to shape the strip so that it matches the contour of the wall.

7.Make sure the cabinet filler strip fits in the gap. If it’s tight, there shouldn’t be any gaps between the filler and the wall. Use the belt sander if necessary.

8.Reattach the sanded strip to the cabinet. Drill 3/16′′ pilot holes through the cabinet box and into the filler strip. If the strip is smaller than three inches, you can also use glue or silicone.

9.For strips wider than six inches, you may want to use glue or silicone as well.

Install Cabinet Filler Strips Between Corner Cabinets

In this situation, cabinet fillers are easier to install. Because the cabinet faces should be straight, there’s no need to scribe a line or sand off the filler strips. This will require two strips. Cut each strip to the height of the cabinets.

Steps For Installing Cabinet Filler Strips Between Corner Cabinets

1.Measure the gap between the front of the cabinet and the wall. Be careful when measuring your gap from the top to the bottom, since it may differ.

2.Make sure the filler strip is at least as wide as the widest part of the gap, then tape it to the cabinet, allowing the excess to overlap the cabinet.

3.Mark a line along with the filler where you need to cut it with a scriber.

4.Cut the filler on a worktable once it has been removed. In most cases, you’ll have to clamp the piece to the table, then cut off the excess of it with a circular saw, staying just beyond the line.

5.To smooth out the edges, you’ll use a planer. After you have your filler the right length, tap it in place with a hammer while holding a block of wood above it. Then you can sand it to create a smooth finish.

Installing kitchen cabinets is a fun weekend project you can do on your own. If you prepare before starting the installation, you will likely be able to handle any challenges that come up.

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