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DIY installing cabinet doors

Once your doors are sanded, stained, painted, or finished however you like, there’s only one step left – hanging them up. Fortunately, installing cabinet doors is an easy DIY project that anyone can complete without needing prior experience or expensive tools. In this article, we will show you how to install cabinet doors yourself and still get great results.

The benefits of installing your own doors

Before we dive into the details, let’s discuss why you would want to install your own doors in the first place. For most people, the biggest reason involves cost. If you don’t hang your own doors you have to pay someone to hang them for you. Since cabinet door replacement is already a budget-friendly way to transform a space, many people want to keep their project costs as low as possible. Installing cabinet doors yourself certainty checks that box. Plus, it helps you get familiar with how the doors work, making it easier to perform adjustments or repairs later on. If you’re still on the fence about whether you want to tackle this project yourself, rest assured that it’s not difficult. However, if you’re uncertain about anything, most local contractors can handle installing cabinet doors for a modest cost.

Considerations during ordering

When you order custom-built cabinet doors from The Door Stop, we offer to drill 35mm hinge holes (with or without pilot holes) into each of those doors for a small fee. The choice is entirely up to you, but keep in mind that having the holes drilled by a professional saves you a step and ensures the trickiest part of installing cabinet doors is done correctly. With 35mm hinge holes, your doors are ready to integrate with a huge number of hinges on the market, including the Blum soft-close hinges you can buy directly from us. We sell these hinges because, in our opinion, they’re the best option available in terms of performance and longevity. That’s why we design our doors to integrate seamlessly with Blum hinges. You’re free to use whatever hinges you like, but this option makes your DIY project almost foolproof.

Gather your materials

Before you get started, make sure you have all the materials you will need. That includes a power drill with an assortment of drill bits, as well as a #2 Phillips-head screwdriver. You will also need the doors, hinges, and wood screws to attach the hinges. With this step complete, take some time to de-clutter the area where you will be hanging the doors. Even though this project doesn’t take a lot of room or create much of a mess, it helps to be surrounded by open space. Make sure the cabinets are empty and clear off the counters beneath.

How to install cabinet doors yourself

In order to illustrate the very easiest way to perfectly hang your own doors, we have described the steps for installing cabinet doors where the hinge holes have already been drilled for Blum soft-close hinges. Follow these steps, and each door should take a matter of minutes to install and align:

  1. Mount the hinge – Each “hinge hole” includes two smaller 8mm pilot holes on either side of the 35 mm hinge cup. Though they look like the right size for screws, the smaller holes allow this particular type of hinge to be self mounted. All you have to do is set open the hinge, line up the cup and dowels and then press down firmly. Now simply lock the hinge in place by clamping down the locking device on the hinge.
  2. Attach a guide – Most cabinet doors have an overlay, meaning the amount the doors lay over the surface of the cabinets. For example, 1/2-inch overlay doors are 1/2-inch larger than the cabinet opening on all 4 sides. You need to know where the hinges will connect with the cabinet interior based on the overlay, so attach a straight edge ½ inch (or whatever your overlay is) below the cabinet opening. That way you can rest the door on top of the straight edge and determine exactly where it needs to be positioned. Most people use a flat, straight piece of scrap lumber, but in a pinch you can also draw a line below the cabinet to indicate where the overlay will stop.
  3. Mark for the mounting plate – Connect the hinges to the mounting plates. Now rest the door on top of the straight edge so that the mounting plates come into contact with the cabinet face frame. Mark through the holes on the mounting plate to indicate where you need to drill pilot holes. Use a 1/16 inch bit for softwoods like Alder and Pine or a 3/32 inch bit for hardwoods like Oak, Hickory, or Maple. In both cases, drill the hole to a depth of about ¾ inches in the center of the mark you made on the face frame.
  4. Mount the doors – Our Blum hinges come with the two screws you need to attach the mounting plate to the face frame. Use a #2 Phillip’s head screwdriver to attach the plate where you drilled the holes. Then simply attach the two hinges on each door to the two mounting plates on each face frame. You can do this on your own, but this aspect of installing cabinet doors is a lot easier with a helper. Understanding how the hinge and mount work together is also easier if you explore the mechanism before you mount anything.
  5. Adjust the doors – Blum hinges allow you to adjust how the doors hang in multiple directions so that they look and function perfectly. If the doors need to be adjusted up or down, use the screws on the mounting plate. Adjust until the bottoms of all the doors form a perfect line. For side-to-side adjustments, especially on double doors with a gap in between, use the screw closest to the hinge. Lastly, make the door sit closer or further from the cabinet frame using the screw furthest from the hinge. With Blum hinges, you will also install two sound mufflers on the cabinet frame opposite the door. Afterwards, adjust the doors slightly outward to compensate.

Installing cabinet doors is easy with The Door Stop

We strive to make all aspects of cabinet doors easy, from selection, to ordering, to installation. That way you can take advantage of custom-built cabinet doors without the cost and confusion you get working with other suppliers. Take some time browse our selection, keeping in mind how straightforward the installation is with Blum hinges and pre-drilled holes. Consult our FAQ section for ample information about cabinet doors, and feel free to Call or e-mail us at sales@cabinetdoors.com  if you have specific questions.

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