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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.

Preparation

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.

Aftercare

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.

Safety

  • Always use safety goggles and gloves when drilling.

Step by step instructions

Step 1 of fitting handles to doors and drawers
1

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
2

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
3

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
4

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

How to hang a wall cabinet

Hanging a wall cabinet in the kitchen

Wall cabinets offer handy storage and can be a great design feature in any kitchen. But they must be hung securely, evenly and in the correct place. Our guide will show you how to hang your new kitchen cabinets no matter if you’re working with masonry or timber frame walls. You’ll find out how to mark up your walls, how to check for cables and pipes, where to position the cabinets, ensure they’re level and finally, how to fix and secure them to the wall.

Preparation

Before you do anything, find out whether you have masonry or timber frame walls. With masonry walls, cabinets can be hung anywhere. With timber frame walls, you need to identify secure points onto which the wall brackets can be fixed. This is important as it could affect the final design of your kitchen, and the size of the cabinets you’re able to hang.

Aftercare

After hanging your wall cabinets, secure them to each other with screws to increase their strength. Find more information on this technique on our help and advice page for 'how to install base cabinets'.

Wickes Tip

Hanging a large wall cabinet is a two-person job, so make sure you have help so you can ensure it hangs safely and securely on the wall. When fixing doors and handles, make sure you use a stepladder rather than standing on the base cabinets or worktop as this can cause unnecessary damage. Always ensure your wall cabinets are level with a spirit level.

Safety

  • Always wear safety goggles and gloves when drilling.

Step by step instructions

step 1 of installing a kitchen wall cabinet
1

Starting in a corner, draw a line at the height where you want the bottom of your cabinet to be using a measuring tape, spirit level and pencil.

step 2 of installing a kitchen wall cabinet
2

Use the spirit level to mark exactly where the outline of the cabinet will be, making sure the corners are clearly defined.

step 3 of installing a kitchen wall cabinet
3

At the back of the cabinet, you’ll find the hooks that will attach it to the wall bracket. Using a tape measure, measure the distance these hooks are from top and side of cabinet.

step 4 of installing a kitchen wall cabinet
4

Mark these measurements onto the outline you’ve drawn on the wall so you know where the brackets need to be positioned.

step 5 of installing a kitchen wall cabinet
5

Use the brackets as a guide to mark the exact position of the screw holes.

step 6 of installing a kitchen base cabinet
6

Use a drill bit and drill setting appropriate to your wall type to create the holes. Place wall plugs into the holes and screw the brackets into place.

step 7 of installing a kitchen wall cabinet
7

Lift the cabinet into place slightly above the brackets and carefully lower it down so that the cabinet brackets hook onto the wall brackets.

step 8 of installing a kitchen wall cabinet
8

To make sure the cabinet is level, use a spirit level and a screwdriver to adjust the adjuster block inside the cabinet. Clamp and screw adjacent cabinets together and then use the spirit level to check they are all level.