blithedance i had visions of fitting a worktop and then putting the cupboards underneath. 'But how will it stay up?' I was thinking. My kitchen is from Howdens and a friend of ours fitted it in a day. He is a joiner but it didn't stop him from drilling through an electric cable (twice).
Me and DH have fitted 2 kitchens from scratch (both from Ikea). It's pretty easy tbh. Took the 2 of us 1 day to build and fit the cupboards (including doors) and about 4 hours to fit worktops. The biggest part of the job for us was prepping the room (floorleveling, plastering, painting etc).
Tips: -Create your blank canvass first (paint on new kichen is annoying!) -draw a line around the room to the height the top of the cupboards go to (makes life easier adjusting legs) -bolt carcasses together prior to fixing to the wall and readjust legs accordingly. -triple check levels with spirit level prior to fixing to wall! -for wall mounted cupboards using suitably heavy duty rawl plugs (check what the wall is e.g. plasterboard needs reenforcing!)