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How to Install and Level Cabinet Doors

After you’ve installed your cabinets, follow these steps to attach the cabinet doors and level them for a finished, professional look.

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cabinet doors after
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Remove Doors

Before installing any cabinet, it’s a good idea to remove the doors so they don’t get damaged or interfere with installation. When removing the doors, it’s common to drive the wood screws back into the styles of the cabinet so they don’t get lost. Before you can reinstall the doors, you’ll have to remove the screws and set them aside.

cabinet doors removed

Step 2: Reattach Doors

Next, align the hinges on your doors with the screw holes in your cabinets. The hole in the hinge will usually be oblong to allow for adjustment later. Using your drill, drive one of the screws you just removed through the oblong hole in the hinge and into the pre-drilled hole in the style. To avoid stripping your screw, do not tighten the screw all the way. Repeat this for the second hinge.

cabinet doors drill screw

Step 3: Tighten Screws

Take your hand screwdriver and tighten the screws the rest of the way. This will help you to feel the torque and will prevent breaking or stripping of the screw.

Step 4: Attach Remaining Doors

Repeat steps two and three for all remaining doors.

Step 5: Adjust Hinges to Close Gaps

Once you have all your doors installed, you will want to adjust the hinges to make the doors level at the top and avoid gaps in between them (Image 1). First, using your hand screwdriver, adjust the forward facing screw in the hinge (Image 2). This will help to move the door left or right about a quarter of an inch each way and will close the gap between the doors.

Step 6: Adjust Hinges to Level Doors

Next, using the same hand screwdriver, adjust the screw that’s facing the center style of the cabinet. This will move the doors up or down a quarter of an inch to level the doors at the top. If you need more of an adjustment than a quarter of an inch, you may need to loosen the screws you used to hang the cabinet, lift the door, reposition the screw in the hinge’s oblong hole, and drive the screws back in.

Step 7: Add Finishing Touches

The doors are now set! Install handles or hardware if necessary and enjoy.

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