Planning & preparation
- Here we are going to show you how to fit kitchen doors, as well as how to attach handles
- There are various kinds of handles that connect to doors; we are fitting D-handles, which are attached with two screws, but other handles may only need one screw
- Bear in mind that different designs may have different fitting requirements, so be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions
- Kitchen doors should only be fitted once your cabinets have been assembled and installed. Ensure that everything is level and secure before you proceed
- If you need some additional advice on fitting your cabinets, see our online guides and leaflets ‘How to build a kitchen cabinet’ and ‘How to install base and wall kitchen cabinets’.
Do it right
- Make sure you don’t over-tighten screws as this can damage your cabinets
- Most hinges and handles come with the correct screws; be sure to use these as screws that are the wrong size and length can cause damage
- Wear safety goggles and take care when drilling
- This guide is designed to help you safely through the process of fitting kitchen doors and attaching handles. If you’re in any doubt, please seek advice from an expert and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions
- Whilst kitchen doors, drawers and handles are long-lasting, they can easily be replaced if you decide to update the kitchen over time
- Always use cleaning products that are appropriate for your cabinets to avoid damaging the material. You should be able to find guidance for this in the manufacturer’s instructions
How to fit kitchen doors
Screw the hinge plates into the inside of the cabinet. Many plates come with the screws already inserted.
Insert the hinges on the door itself, with the fastening facing outwards, and secure using the screws supplied.
Position the door on the cabinet, placing the hinge onto the hinge plate and use the screws in the hinges to attach.
Tighten the screws to secure the door.
To move the door up or down, loosen the screws that hold the hinge plate, adjust and retighten.
To move the door in or out, loosen the screws attaching the hinge to the hinge plate, move the door and retighten.
How to attach handles to doors and drawers
Using a power 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.
Drill both holes from the inside of the door, using a drill bit slightly wider than the thread of the screws.
Attach the handles with the screws, being careful not to over-tighten.