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How to fit kitchen drawers

Fitting kitchen drawers

If you want to add character to your kitchen, well chosen doors and drawers are a great way to go about it and using our guide, you’ll understand just how easy it is to fit them to your new kitchen units. It explains how to screw on hinge plates, how to secure cupboard doors and drawer fronts into place, when and how to attach handles. You’ll also find detailed instructions on aligning your doors correctly, and what to do if you need to move them up or down, left or right, in or out.


Doors and drawers should only be fitted after your cabinets have been assembled and installed, so make sure everything is level and secure before you proceed.


Once you have fitted your doors and drawers, you are ready to fit your handles. See our help and advice page for 'how to fit handles to doors and drawers' for further guidance.

Wickes Tip

Keep the blue protective film cover on your doors and drawers for as long as possible to avoid any damage. Once your kitchen build is complete, and your work surface is secure, you will be ready to unveil your new kitchen!


  • Take care when using a screwdriver and make sure you do not overtighten screws, as this can damage your cabinets.

Step by step instructions

Step 1 of fitting drawers

Drill and screw the drawer slides to the side panels of the base unit using the pre-marked holes. Make sure the runner wheel is facing the front of the cabinet.

Step 2 of fitting drawers

Assemble the sides, back and bottom of the drawer. Place cam studs and dowels into the holes in the edges of the two side panels. Insert locking cams into the holes in the back panel, making sure the arrows point towards the outside edges. Attach the back panel to the sides, using a screwdriver to tighten the cams and then slide the base of the drawer into place. Drawer assembly varies, so always check the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 3 of fitting  drawers

Hold the drawer front to the drawer, slot it into position and tighten the fixing screws.

Step 4 of fitting drawers

Slide the drawer into the drawer slides you attached to the side panels of the base unit in step 1.