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How to Install Cabinet Hardware

If you have recently installed new cabinets in your home, you may be thinking the bulk of your work is over. While it’s true that the biggest step has been completed, it’s important to stop and think about how you want to install your cabinet hardware. While many of us may assume that cabinet knobs and handles are a frivolous afterthought, they actually serve a substantial purpose, both in terms of aesthetics and functionality. Whether you are installing cabinet hardware for the first time, or you’re a seasoned professional, it never hurts to brush up on the tools and steps needed to make your cabinets look their very best. Read on to learn more!

First, here are the items you should collect before you begin the cabinet hardware attachment process.

  • Drill
  • Jig
  • Masking Tape
  • Pencil
  • Tape Measure

Step 1: Plan Where You Want Your Cabinet Hardware

Install Cabinet Hardware: Step 1

To start off, you need to decide where you want to place the cabinet door handle or knob. Typically, you will want to install your hardware in the center of the drawer. However, if you are working with a larger set of cabinets, the bigger priority is to make sure the cabinet pull is installed right above the bottom of the panel so you can easily reach the handle. At the end of the day, it really comes down to your personal preference, since the main objective is ensuring that you are able to open and close your cabinets without any discomfort.

Step 2: Make Pencil Marks for Drill Holes

Install Cabinet Hardware: Step 2

Now that you’ve planned where you will install the hardware, you will need to take your tape measure and your pencil to mark where the holes will go. Make sure that the holes are spaced out evenly and use your pencil to indicate where you will do your drilling.

Step 3: Use a Jig to Ensure Identical Location

Install Cabinet Hardware: Step 3

Now that you know where you want to place your holes, you will need to take a jig and align it properly to ensure that all the doors will be drilled in the identical location. Once you have your jig in place, you can start drilling from the front of the cabinet door, and use a modestly-sized bit for the first hole. By starting small, you can build up to the size you need, rather than drilling a hole that’s too big for the screw to fit inside. Using a small bit creates a neater surface for the surrounding area and prevents splintering.

Step 4: Drill Using Masking Tape for Protection

Install Cabinet Hardware: Step 4

Before you start drilling, make sure to use your masking tape to protect the surrounding area of your cabinet and prevent any unseemly holes or scratches. Place your tape over where you want your center to be and mark that with a pencil. Now comes the fun part! Take your cabinet pulls and hold them so they are facing you on the front side of the cabinet, while screwing them in from the back of the door. Once the first cabinet handle is successfully completely, clean off any debris or dust and move on to your second handle, repeating the same procedure.

Step 5: Enjoy Your New Cabinet Hardware

Install Cabinet Hardware: Done!

And voila! Your cabinets are now properly accessorized with brand new hardware and your new decor has gone from looking bland and unfinished to polished and complete! If you want to ensure that your kitchen layout is both as functional and aesthetically appealing as possible, we are here to help. Simply fill out this design service form and our professionals will reach out to help you create a thoughtful and space-spacing layout so your cabinets will blend in perfectly with the rest of your kitchen decor. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you create the customized kitchen of your dreams!



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