How to Install Cabinet Hinges
Cabinet hinges are very important for a cabinet.
Every time you open and close the doors of the cabinets in your kitchen,
it is these hinges that make sure the process is smooth and efficient.
Installing cabinet hinges isn’t a daunting task as your imagination.
It is very easy to install cabinet hinge after reading this article.
Preparing Cabinets and Doors
Before we dive into the actual installation process, let’s take a look at how to prepare the cabinets and doors for the hinges.
Here is a checklist of the steps you should take:
· 1. Determine the size and number of cabinet hinges you need by measuring the size of the hinges already installed on the door.
If it is a new door/cabinet, its size should give you an idea of what kind and size of the hinge you need.
· 2. Prepare the door for installing the new cabinet hinges by removing the doors from the cabinet.
To do this, simply unscrew the existing hinges and lift the door off the cabinet.
· 3. Remove all the hinges already present on the door by unscrewing them off.
· 4. Fill the old screw holes with dowels or toothpicks glued inside the hole.
Once the glue is dry, cut the dowels or toothpicks flush with the surface of the door and sand the area smooth.
· 5. If you want to refurbish or paint the door, do this now before installing the new hinges.
Tools You’ll Need for Installation
Whether you’re installing a traditional hinge or a European one, you are going to need some tools for the process.
· Door hinges
· Tape Measure
· Combination square
· Self-centering drill bit
· Electric or manual screwdriver
Install Traditional Cabinet Hinges
Traditional cabinet hinges are usually used for decorative purposes.
This is because a traditional hinge is mounted on top of the cabinet door and is visible (or partially visible) when the door is closed.
These hinges are easier to install than European hinges, but they lack their versatility.
Here is a step-by-step guide of how to install traditional cabinet hinges:
· 1. Mark the Door and Place the Hinges
· 2. Adjust the Spacing Between the Hinges
· 3. Tape the Hinges in Place
· 4. Drive Screws on the Cabinet-Side of the Hinge
· 5.Drive Screws on the Door-Side of the Hinge
1. Mark the Door and Place the Hinges
Use a pencil and tape measure to mark the areas of the door where you want to install the hinges. Once the marks are in place,
lay down the hinges on those marks so they are flush against the inside and outside of the cabinet.
2. Adjust the Spacing Between the Hinges
Make sure the space between the two (or three) hinges placed on the cabinet and the distance between the hinges and the edge of the cabinet is even.
This step is crucial in ensuring the proper functioning of your cabinet door. Make sure to write the measurements down so you can replicate them for
other similar doors.
3. Tape the Hinges in Place
Use painter’s tape to tape the top end of the hinges so they stay wrapped around the edge of the cabinet as you attach the screws.
4. Drive Screws on the Cabinet-Side of the Hinge
Use a power drill to install screws to the cabinet-side of the hinge. Make sure the screws go all the way into the door.
5. Drive Screws on the Door-Side of the Hinge
Open the door and power drill screws into the door-side of the hinge. Open and close the door a few times to check its alignment, and you’re done.