Fitting your kitchen with replacement kitchen cabinet doors is an easy project that you can take on yourself. You don’t need any special tools or skills to do it perfectly, but it’s good to have a general idea of how to go about it so that you can be sure you’re installing doors that don’t just look good, but function as expected.
Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how to fit kitchen cabinet doors:
Prepare Your Tools
The first thing you need to do is prepare your tools. As mentioned, you won’t need any special equipment for this project. Generally, you’ll only require the following:
- A Phillips screwdriver
- Your cabinet door and cabinet
- Cabinet hinges and their fixings
- A workbench (two workhorses, plywood, and cardboard)
Once you have all of these, set up your workspace, laying down some materials to avoid scruffing your floor or walls and carving out adequate space for you to move around.
It would also be good to brush up on some knowledge about standard sizes for kitchen cabinet doors, just so you know how to properly fit your kitchen.
Remove Existing Doors
Remove your existing cabinet doors by detaching the hinge from its backplate. You can do this by simply loosening the screw at the back. Start with the bottom hinge, then do the same for the top hinge. At this point, it should easily slide or lift off, unless it has a clip-on fix, which you’ll have to press to release.
If you’re removing glass from kitchen cabinet doors, be sure to take extra caution. You may have to remove the glass separately first before detaching any hinges.
Fix the Hinges
Unfasten the screws in your cabinets to separate the hinges. If you’re using the same for your next set of doors, set them aside securely. Using a drill bit that’s suitable for wood, fix your hinges onto the back of the door.
Simply push the round part onto the circular recess of the door, then secure it with screws using your screwdriver. The hinge should be at a right angle to the edge of the door.
Attach Mounting Plates
Most cabinet doors have an overlay, so it’s important that you properly attach a guide to know where the hinges will connect with the cabinet interior. Do this by drawing a line below the cabinet to mark where the overlay will stop.
If your new cabinet doors come with bumpers (e.g. soft-close hinges), install them at this point so that you can check for proper alignment. Place one bumper each on top of the corners and opposite sides of the hinges.
Mount the Doors
Now, you can install your new kitchen cabinet doors. Attach your door hinges to the mounting plates you drilled into your cabinetry. Then, connect the hinges to the mounting plates on each frame.
Adjust for Proper Alignment
Check that your doors are properly aligned. You want it so that the bottoms of all your doors are perfectly perpendicular. If you need to adjust them up or down, use the screws on the mounting plate; if you need to adjust them side to side, use the screws closest to the hinges. If you need to adjust the door closer or further, use the screws furthest from the hinges.
Add your finishing hardware touches, such as handles, knobs, and door pulls, to tie together the look of your kitchen.
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