6 Steps for Installing Shelf Liners

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If you are an enthusiast about making your kitchen look amazing, you would know how to use a shelf liner. The next step is to install or place it in your kitchen cabinets here are 6 steps for installing shelf liners. After you have chosen the best shelf liner for your office table or the kitchen table, you need to gather your supplies for placing it on the surface.

Shelf liners make your kitchen cleaner and if used right, they can also make the kitchen look much better. There are different types of shelf liners that you can use, based on your personal preferences. However, they are all installed in the same way so these steps would work for any shelf liner that you have bought.

How to Line Kitchen Cabinets with a Shelf Liner?

To line the cabinets, you will need a few supplies. Of course, you would need a shelf liner. You can choose any design, material, and color that suits your needs. Other supplies that you will need are:

  • Cutting mat
  • Pen
  • Cleaning cloth
  • A notepad
  • Vinegar
  • Quilting Ruler
  • A Squeegee

Once you have all these supplies on the kitchen countertop, you can start lining the shelves.

Steps to Follow

Before you start with these steps, make sure that you have completely emptied the cabinet. There should be no utensils in the cabinet. Gather your supplies in one place so that it is easier for you to find everything as you need it.

Step 1

First of all, you have to measure the shelves. It is better to buy a whole package of shelf liners instead of buying the ones that already come cut in sizes. It is possible that they might not fit in your shelves. If you have loose shelf liners, you can cut them according to the size of your kitchen shelves. Measure the cabinets and write down the measurements on a note pad.

Step 2

Now, you need to calculate the total amount of liner you need to cut. Instead of cutting separately for every single cabinet, do it all at once by measuring altogether.

For this, multiply the length and width of each cabinet. Then, multiply this number by the number of cabinets. This will give you an idea of the amount of liner you need.

Step 3

The next step is to clean the shelf liner with the vinegar solution. You can also use an all-purpose cleaner or a mild detergent for this step. Make sure that you are cleaning with diluted vinegar.

 If there are any stubborn spots, use a toothbrush to scrub them off. If you had a shelf liner in place before, remove every scrap of that liner before placing a new one.

Step 4

After cleaning the shelves, let them air-dry for some time. Keep checking from time to time if the shelves are dry. Once they are fully dry, you can continue lining them with shelf liners.

Step 5

Now, measure the liner using the measurements you made earlier. Cut the required amount of liner for each cabinet. It is better to do this step on a cutting mat rather than a countertop. Use a rotary cutter for cutting in straight lines. Keep the quilting ruler at the edge and then cut along it.

Step 6

Now, place the liner in the cabinet. Use your hands to smooth it out so that there are no wrinkles or uncovered places. If there are any wrinkles, use the squeegee to even them out.

If you are using adhesive shelf liners, they will stick in place very easily. So, make sure you are placing it correctly or you might end up tearing the shelf liner.

When you are satisfied with how the shelves look, you can go ahead and place all your utensils in place. Follow the same steps when you need to place the shelf liner on your work desk or any other place.


You should remove shelf liners from the shelves when they tear or get too dirty and place new liners in place. We have made this guide extremely simple for you to follow. If you follow the steps correctly, you should have no issue lining the kitchen cabinets in your kitchen.

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Buried in his toolshed, pulling an appliance or two apart, is where you’re likely to find Oscar on most days. Ever since his brother introduced him to the world of tinkering and repairing, Oscar has been obsessed with his craft and especially loves taking appliances around the house apart and then putting them back together. He’s definitely the quirkiest among the team, and loves explaining in detail how one appliance is different from the other and how each of them works (after having taken them apart and satisfied his curiosity of course).

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