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How to fit handles

Fitting handles to kitchen doors and drawers

Door and drawer handles are a great way to personalise your kitchen units. There are various styles to choose from and most only use one or two screws. In our guide, we use a D-handle with two screws, but these simple instructions will apply to almost all drawer and cabinet door handles. You’ll see how to locate the pre-marked handle positions, how to prevent your doors and drawers from splitting whilst drilling screw holes, and how to fix your handles into place.


Before you fit your handles, ensure the cabinet doors and drawer fronts are clean, dry and free from dust. Always take the necessary precautions to stop the doors and drawers from splitting, and read the manufacturer’s instructions.


Reviewing our 'how to fit handles to doors and drawers' guide will show you how easy this task is. Handles can also be replaced very easily in the same way, meaning your kitchen can be updated as and when you desire!

Wickes Tip

We will show you how to fit the D-Handle type of handle. Check manufacturer's instructions if you are fitting other styles of handles for further guidance. Before you start drilling into your doors, check any pre-cut holes which may already exist on the doors. Be careful not to overtighten the screws on the handle, as this can split the wood.


  • Always use safety goggles and gloves when drilling.

Step by step instructions

Step 1 of fitting handles to doors and drawers

Locate the marks on the inside of the doors showing you where to attach the handles - you'll find all of our doors and drawers are pre-marked for you.

Step 2 of fitting handles to doors and drawers

Using a G-clamp, attach an offcut of wood to the outside of the open door where the handle will be. This will make sure the wood does not splinter as you drill through.

Step 3 of fitting handles to doors and drawers

Drill both holes from the inside of the door, using a drill bit slightly wider than the thread of the screws.

Step 4 of fitting handles to doors and drawers

Attach the handles with the screws, being careful not to over-tighten.