How to Install Handles on Kitchen Cabinets. Installing handles on kitchen cabinets helps to make for easier opening and closing of doors. Handles also make the cabinets look more appealing, which is an additional benefit. Installing handles on kitchen cabinets is not difficult; however, you need to properly measure the cabinet door’s width and height before you begin. This article will teach you how to install handles on kitchen cabinets step-by-step.
Install Handles on Kitchen Cabinets
The first thing you need to do is measure the width and height of the cabinet door. You’ll need a drill, wood screws, and handle that match your kitchen cabinets.
1) Place one screw on the top left corner of the door’s hinge.
2) Point the drill in a downward position and drill through the screw head into the cabinet door near its hinge. 3) Drill down at an angle as you point it towards the opposite side of where it was drilled from to create a “V” shape with both holes. 4) Place another screw on the other side of the cabinet door hinge, follow steps 2-4 for this hole as well. 5) Place two screws on either side of where you will attach handles, followed by two more screws on either side of those screws. 6) Attach handles to all four holes securely by using a screwdriver or drill to tighten them down. 7) Repeat these steps for each individual cabinet door.
Measure the Cabinet door’s Width and Height
The first step is to measure the cabinet door’s width and height. You will need this information when you are measuring for handles. Once you’ve measured the cabinet door, it’s time to measure the handles. The measurements for the handles should be in line with the width of your cabinet door. Once you’ve measured for the width, measure out from that distance on both sides and mark where to place your holes. Before drilling into the cabinets or doors, use a pencil to mark where to drill so you won’t accidentally drill through anything important like a wire or cable.
Cut your Handles to Size
The first step is to cut the handles to size. You will need to measure the width of your cabinet door and then subtract one inch from that measurement. The height of the handles should be 1 inch taller than the height of your door. For example, if you have a 2-inch wide door, you would need to purchase handles that are 1 3/4 inches wide. If your cabinet is 4-inches tall, you would need to purchase handles that are 5 inches tall.
Place the Handles on the Doors
The first step in installing handles on cabinets is to place the handle on the doors. You will want to measure and mark so that you know where the hole for the screws needs to be drilled.
Install hinges on Cabinet Doors
Before installing handles, you must first install hinges on the cabinet’s doors. To do this, measure the width and height of the door opening and use that information to find hinges in a matching size.
How to Measure the Cabinet Doors
The first step to installing handles on kitchen cabinets is to measure the cabinet door.
Measure the height of your cabinet door in inches, and then measure its width. The height is measured from the top of the cabinet to the bottom. The width is measured from side-to-side, which includes both doors if you have a two-door cabinet.
Next, use a ruler or measuring tape to measure the distance between the edge of your handle and where it will be mounted on your door. This measurement should be in inches– don’t measure in feet!
Then, multiply that number by 2. In other words, if you want a handle placed 6″ from where you are going to mount it on your door, multiply 6 by 2 and that equals 12″. That would be how far away from each edge your handle should be placed. If there is an existing handle on one of your doors, add 3″ to your measurement so you can install a handle on both doors at once–the new handle won’t cover up the old one!
Now all you need to do is drill holes for screws at these measurements and attach handles with screws as well as mounting hardware (depending on what kind of handles you bought).
How to Install Screw-in Handles
Start by measuring the cabinet door to figure out what size handle you need. You can use a ruler to measure how wide and tall the door is or measure with your own hands. Once you know what size handle you want to install, screw the appropriate screws into the doorknob holes. If there are no holes for screws, push the handles into place. The next step is installing the Phillips head screws that come with the handles onto the backside of each handle. Finally, attach a washer to each screw before tightening them firmly.
Find the Right Angle on Your Handle
Most handles are not round, but rather square. This means they will not fit properly on your cabinet door unless you find the right angle to install them. The easiest way to find the right angle is by using a protractor. You’ll want to measure from the inside of your cabinet doors (the flat side) and make an X on the other side with your protractor. You can then use a pencil to draw a line on the outside of your cabinet door where you would like your handle.
Finishing Up and What You’ll Need
Once you’ve installed the handles, you’ll want to make sure they’re in a comfortable position. This may mean adjusting them up or down. Make sure they’re easy to grip and don’t cause any discomfort. You’ll also want to add a layer of clear varnish so they’re protected from spills and natural wear and tear.
In order to install your new handles, you need:
- A screwdriver with an appropriate size bit for the screws on the back of the handle
- A leveler
- A drill
- Drill bits
Install handles on your kitchen cabinet doors with these easy steps.
You’ll need to cut the handles to the right length, install hinges on the doors, and attach the handles.