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How to fit kitchen doors

Fitting kitchen cabinet doors

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.

Preparation

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.

Aftercare

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!

Safety

  • 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 a kitchen cabinet door
1

Screw the hinge plates into the inside of the cabinet. These are usually pre-drilled and many plates come with the screws already inserted.

Step 2 of fitting a kitchen cabinet door
2

Insert the hinges into the pre-drilled recesses on the door itself, with the fastening facing outwards, and secure using the screws supplied.

Step 3 of fitting a kitchen cabinet door
3

Position the door on the cabinet, placing the hinge onto the hinge plate and use the screws in the hinges to attach.

Step 4 of fitting a kitchen cabinet door
4

Tighten the screws to secure the door.

Step 5 of fitting a kitchen cabinet door
5

To move the door up or down, loosen the screws that hold the hinge plate, adjust and retighten.

Step 6 of fitting a kitchen cabinet door
6

To move the door in or out, loosen the screws attaching the hinge to the hinge plate, move the door and retighten.

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
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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
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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.