Assembling ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets like those from Procraft can be an intimidating task, but with the right tools, patience, and this guide, you can have a beautiful new kitchen in no time. Procraft offers high-quality RTA cabinets that are customizable, affordable, and made from durable materials. With just a few basic tools and some helpful tips, assembling Procraft RTA cabinets is very do-able as a DIY project. Here is a comprehensive guide on how to assemble Procraft RTA cabinets like a pro.

Getting Started with Procraft RTA Cabinets

When you order new cabinets from Procraft, they will arrive in a flat pack, with all the cabinet pieces, doors, drawers, and hardware packed and labeled for easy identification. Before you begin assembly, take time to:

Choose an Appropriate Workspace

With multiple cabinet boxes to assemble, you will need ample workspace. Clear out a garage, basement, or large room. Cover the floors with a drop cloth or blankets to protect from spills and scratches.

Read All Instructions Thoroughly

Read through the instruction booklet and familiarize yourself with all steps before beginning. Organize hardware and fasteners into labeled containers to keep organized.

Gather the Right Tools

You will need basic hand tools like a tape measure, level, stud finder, screwdrivers, hammer, utility knife, and power drill. For safety, work gloves and eye protection are recommended.

Check Walls and Layout

Confirm your cabinet layout and check walls for level and plumb. Shim or scribe cabinets if walls are uneven.

How to Assemble Procraft Base Cabinet Boxes

The base cabinet boxes provide storage and support for countertops. Here are step-by-step instructions to assemble Procraft base cabinets:

1. Lay Out All Side, Top, and Bottom Panels

Identify all cabinet parts and lay them out in order, along with the supplied cam locks and screws. Consult diagrams in the instructions.

2. Attach Side Panels to Bottom Panel

Position the side panels perpendicular to the bottom panel. Insert and tighten cam locks to secure the side panels to the bottom.

3. Attach Back Panel

Slide the back panel down into the grooves of the side and bottom panels. The edges should be flush.

4. Attach Top Panel

Place the top panel onto the case, aligned with the edges below. Tighten cam locks into place.

5. Attach Adjustable Shelves

Insert shelf pins into pre-drilled holes. Lay shelves in place at desired heights. Install drawer runners if needed.

6. Repeat for Other Cabinets

Follow steps for each base cabinet box. Double check they are square using a carpenter’s square.

Assembling Procraft Wall Cabinets

Wall cabinets are assembled much the same way as the base cabinets, just oriented vertically. Here are the steps:

1. Gather Cabinet Parts

Lay out the side, top, bottom, and back panels for the wall cabinet along with hardware.

2. Connect Side Panels to Top

Position side panels perpendicular to top panel. Insert cam locks to attach side panels to top.

3. Attach Bottom and Back

Slide bottom panel into side grooves until flush. Insert back panel into grooves.

4. Insert Shelves and Hangers

Follow instructions to install shelves, drawer runners, and cabinet door hinges and hardware.

5. Repeat for Additional Cabinets

Follow the same process to assemble any other wall or utility cabinets.

Hanging Procraft Wall Cabinets

Once assembled, you will need to securely hang the Procraft wall cabinets in the correct spot on your kitchen wall.

1. Locate Wall Studs

Use a stud finder to locate and mark studs above base cabinets or on the wall. Studs provide the strongest support.

2. Level and Mark Positions

Level and mark cabinet locations. Most install 30-36 inches above counter height. Check your plans.

3. Install Wall Anchors

If a stud is unavailable, use wall anchors like toggle bolts to support the weight of cabinets.

4. Attach Wall Cleat

Screw a horizontal cleat into studs/anchors to provide a rest for the cabinet bottom.

5. Lift and Mount Cabinet

With a helper, lift and position the cabinet so it sits flush on the cleat.

6. Secure to Wall Stud

From inside cabinet, screw through cleat and back panel into the wall stud. Check level.

How to Install Procraft Cabinet Doors and Drawers

After assembling the cabinet boxes, you can install the doors, drawers, and hardware using the following steps:

1. Attach Hinges

Mount hinges to cabinet doors, adjusting tension as needed so doors align evenly when closed.

2. Install Drawer Slides

Follow directions to correctly position drawer slides in cabinet. Attach to drawers.

3. Add Knobs and Pulls

Using a drill/driver, install knobs or pulls to doors and drawers. Center properly on each.

4. Adjust Doors and Drawers

Test open and close doors, adjusting hinges so gaps are even. Adjust drawer slides so drawers glide smoothly.

5. Repeat for All Cabinets

Install all doors, drawers and hardware on base and wall cabinets according to instructions.

How to Install Procraft Countertops

Once the cabinets are installed, installing the countertop is next. Here is how to install a Procraft countertop:

1. Measure Cabinet Run

Measure the length along the front of the base cabinets. Cut countertop 1 inch shorter than this length.

2. Make Any Cutouts

Trace sink and cooktop cutouts and carefully cut with a jigsaw. Sand edges smooth.

3. Apply Silicone Sealant

Run a bead of silicone along top edges of all base cabinets. This seals and holds the countertop.

4. Lift and Position Countertop

With a helper, lift countertop in place, pushing down to adhere with silicone to cabinets.

5. Seal Edges

Apply silicone along the seam where the countertop meets the wall. Smooth with wet finger for a clean finish.

Let silicone fully cure for 24-48 hours before use. Then, just wipe away any excess.

Procraft RTA Cabinet Installation FAQs

What are the most common mistakes when installing Procraft cabinets?

Some common mistakes include not fully tightening cam locks, missing wall studs when securing cabinets, and not measuring properly before cutting countertops. Rushing through assembly can also lead to problems.

What should I use to fill holes or gaps in my Procraft cabinets?
For small holes from installing shelf pins or plumbing cutouts, use wood filler that matches your cabinet stain. For small gaps between cabinets or along walls, use clear silicone caulk for a seamless look.

Do Procraft cabinets come pre-finished or will I need to stain and seal them?

Procraft RTA cabinets come with a durable factory-applied finish. The boxes, doors, and drawers will be prepainted or pre-stained in your selected design, ready for installation.

How can I adjust Procraft doors or drawers that are uneven or won’t close properly?

Review the door hinge and drawer slide adjustments in the instructions. For minor alignment issues, loosen screws and adjust the positioning until even gaps are achieved and operation is smooth.

What type of drill bits should I use to install knobs and handles on Procraft cabinets?

Use a 1/8-inch drill bit for drawer pulls and a 1/4-inch bit for most cabinet door knobs or pulls to get the proper clearance and avoid splitting cabinet doors.


Installing new RTA cabinets from Procraft greatly improves the look of any kitchen or bathroom. While the process requires attention to detail, the right tools, and patience, assembling Procraft cabinets is quite manageable as a DIY project for most homeowners. Following the instructions closely and not rushing the assembly will ensure your Procraft cabinets go together smoothly and provide years of reliable service. With attractive, quality cabinets assembled with care, you can achieve the beautiful, functional space you’ve always wanted.