How Hard Is It to Install Kitchen Fixtures?


Updating your kitchen can be simple and affordable with new hardware. But, how hard is it to install or replace pieces like a faucet or range hood? 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 update your kitchen. For most models, all you will need is a screwdriver to detach old pulls and reattach the new ones.

If you’re adding pulls or handles to cabinets or drawers 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.

Kitchen Faucet: Moderate


The average homeowner can replace a faucet or install a new one with basic household tools, as long as you carefully follow instructions. 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.

Range Hood: Difficult


Range hoods add character and functionality to your kitchen. Installing one is challenging. This is not a DIY project unless you have experience with duct work and electrical wiring. Hire a professional to install ventilation and electrical hookups to keep your kitchen safe. They can also help lift and secure the hood to the wall.

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.

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.

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.

Indoor Lighting: Simple to Moderate


Changing the lighting in a bathroom will enhance the look and feel of the room. Whether you are replacing or adding a new fixture, carefully follow instruction to ensure that they meet the electrical requirements, such as wattage and voltage.

Simple: Updating existing light fixtures is simple with the right tools and instructions. You will usually only need a screw driver and ladder.

Moderate: Installing additional features, such as a lighting timer, are safest when performed by an experienced electrician.

Utility Sink: Moderate to Difficult


A utility sink gives you the perfect place to wash off dirt from the garden. If you are installing a new utility sink in place of a converted style or non-existent plumbing, you will likely need a plumber or drywall repairman to configure the new set up and clean up any unsightly damage beneath the basin.
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 hoping to do a large remodel or need a handyman to prep or complete your project, visit sites like HomeAdvisor or Angie's List for pros who can help guide you through your kitchen update.