How Hard Is It to Install Kitchen Fixtures?


Eiler Single-Hole Kitchen Faucet & Ridgeway Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet in Satin Copper & Brushed Gold, and other kitchen fixtures Eiler Single-Hole Kitchen Faucet & Ridgeway Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet in Satin Copper & Brushed Gold, and other kitchen fixtures

Updating your kitchen can be simple and affordable with new hardware. But, how hard is it to install or replace essential kitchen fixtures like the faucet or sink? Here are some of our popular kitchen products and what to expect from installation.

Appliance Pulls: Simple


This is one of the simplest DIY tasks around the house and a fantastic way to upgrade your appliances without a costly, labor-intensive replacement. Similar to installing cabinet handles, all you will need for most models is a screwdriver to detach old pulls and reattach the new ones.

If you’re adding pulls or handles to appliances that have not been pre-drilled, you will also need a drill and measuring tape. These will help keep them even and easy to install.

Colmar Appliance Pull, Garneau Round Cabinet Knob in Polished Brass, Strasbourg Solid Brass Cabinet Pull in Polished Nickel

Kitchen Faucet: Moderate


The average homeowner can replace a kitchen faucet or install a new one with basic household tools, as long as you carefully follow instructions. If your kitchen features a wet bar, the same holds true when installing bar faucets as well.

Use deck plates or faucet hole covers if converting from a widespread configuration to a single-hole. If changing from a single-hole to widespread configuration, then you will need to alter your countertop. When cutting or replacing countertops is necessary, you’ll need the right professional for the job.

Eiler Single-Hole Kitchen Faucet with Pull-Down Spring Spout in Satin Copper for installing kitchen fixtures

Pot Filler: Moderate to Difficult


Adding pot fillers in water-centric areas like over the stove can greatly improve the efficiency of your kitchen. Getting one set up is something anyone with experience installing plumbing fixtures can do, with direct access to your water supply line the most involved factor.

With that said, if you’re looking to install a pot filler in a location without water supply access, this will add significant difficulty to your installation and will likely require a professional.

Augusta Retractable Wall-Mount Pot Filler in Antique Copper for installing kitchen fixtures

Farmhouse Sink: Moderate to Difficult

A farmhouse sink, whether made of stone, cast iron, copper or stainless steel, is a cornerstone of modern kitchens with multipurpose, spacious basins.

34" Galion Fireclay Retrofit Farmhouse Sink, Hurston Pull-Down Bridge Kitchen Faucet in Brushed Gold

Moderate: Retrofit farmhouse styles are designed with a shorter apron height. This allows it to fit into existing cabinetry for easier installation. This style is great for homeowners who aren’t doing a major remodel. Learn who to install a farmhouse sink.

33" Finbrook Chiseled Granite Farmhouse Sink in Blue Gray for installing kitchen fixtures

Difficult: Oftentimes, granite or wall-hung models require professional installation because of their weight and new or modified plumbing connections. Talk to a pro to make sure that your cabinets have the proper structural support for this style.

34" Galion Fireclay Retrofit Farmhouse Sink, Hurston Pull-Down Bridge Kitchen Faucet in Brushed Gold

Moderate: Retrofit farmhouse styles are designed with a shorter apron height. This allows it to fit into existing cabinetry for easier installation. This style is great for homeowners who aren’t doing a major remodel. Learn who to install a farmhouse sink.

33" Finbrook Chiseled Granite Farmhouse Sink in Blue Gray for installing kitchen fixtures

Difficult: Oftentimes, granite or wall-hung models require professional installation because of their weight and new or modified plumbing connections. Talk to a pro to make sure that your cabinets have the proper structural support for this style.

Last but not least, don’t hesitate to ask for help. We have an experienced customer relations team that is happy to answer your questions.

If you’re taking on a large remodel, you may need to consult a professional. Visit sites like HomeAdvisor or Angi for pros who can help guide you through your kitchen update. You can also view our How-To Guides to help with your installation needs.

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