You may need to adjust your kitchen cabinet doors from time to time. Thankfully, this is something you can do on your own without much effort. If you’re already making changes to your kitchen, you might as well see if the doors need to be adjusted. This will ensure that your cabinets look nice, no matter how old they are.


Today, we’ll dive into the easy way to adjust soft-close kitchen cabinet doors. We’ll also teach you how to remove them in case you need to repair or replace them entirely!

Why Adjust Kitchen Cabinet Doors?

People adjust their kitchen cabinet doors when they’re out of alignment. When they’re not aligned, you may notice gaps, the doors rubbing against each other, or the fact that they don’t close evenly. These are all signs that it’s time for an adjustment. It’s also a good idea to adjust kitchen cabinets if they’re becoming hard to open. 

When Should You Remove Kitchen Doors, Instead?

Kitchen doors may need to be removed if you’re going to repaint them, if they’re damaged, or if you’re going for an open shelving look. If you’re wondering how to remove kitchen cabinet doors, simply use a screwdriver or detach them using the latch if they have soft-close hinges.

Adjusting Soft-Close Kitchen Cabinet Doors

If you’ve decided that your doors need to be adjusted, it’s relatively easy to do so. Here’s how:

  1. Make Sure Mounting Screws Are Secure

Your kitchen cabinets should have four mounting screws–two on the hinge attached to the door and two attached to the cabinet. Thankfully, there shouldn’t be any other screws on the door, so it should be easy to find them.


If you find that the mounting screws aren’t secure, you can tighten them with a Phillips-head screwdriver. 

  1. Move the Doors Laterally

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Sometimes, doors need to be moved sideways to ensure that they’re properly aligned. If that’s the case for your cabinet doors, turn the screw on the mounting plate closest to the door. 


To shift the door to the left, use your screwdriver to turn the screw counterclockwise. Alternatively, if you’re shifting the door to the right, turn the screw clockwise. 

  1. Change Door Height

If one door is higher or lower than it should be, this can also be fixed. Turn the uppermost screw on the hinge plate clockwise to move the door up, and move it counterclockwise to move the door down. Remember to check it often to make sure you’re not adjusting it too much.

  1. Change the Depth

When doors don’t shut correctly, this could be because they’re too close to or too far away from the cabinet. This can be resolved by turning the screw on the horizontal arm that’s farthest away from the cabinet door. 


This screw is centered between the two mounting screws. Turning the screw clockwise will turn the door inward, whereas turning it counterclockwise will move the cabinet outward.

What If The Hinges Are Old?

If your kitchen cabinet door hinges are older, they might not have adjustable screws. This will make it harder to adjust them. While you can try tightening the screws, this might not solve the problem. Instead, you may need longer mounting screws or a shim behind the hinges. 


Sagging doors are an indicator that the doors may be too heavy for the hinges. If that’s the case, you can replace them or add additional hinges. Adjusting soft-close kitchen cabinet doors is typically as simple as tightening or loosening a screw on the hinges. 

Final Thoughts

Once you’re done adjusting them, you’re bound to see a noticeable difference in how your cabinets look and operate. If it’s time to replace your cabinets completely, 27EStore has plenty in stock to suit any kitchen! We also carry other home improvement items to help you redo any space. Shop our selection today and let us help you with your kitchen renovation!