How to Install Cabinet Hardware
Get knobs and pulls right the first time
Use the Door Rail as a Guide
Temporarily Attach the Hardware
Templates Make the Job Easier
Cover Unused Holes With Tape
Hide Old Holes With Back Plates
Superglue the Knob
Make a Simple Drawer Template
Two-Sided Templates Prevent Tear-Out
Use Thread Sealant to Keep the Screws Tight
Mix Putty to Match
Install Hardware Higher on the Lowest Drawer
Perfect Finish Touch-Ups
Adjust Hinges on Misaligned Doors
First, if the door isn’t flush with the doors next to it, adjust the depth screw. This screw moves the door in or out. Some depth screws move the door as you turn them. But with most, you have to loosen the screw, nudge the door in or out and then tighten the screw. If your hinges don’t have depth screws, start with the side screws.
Second, if the door is crooked—not standing parallel to adjacent doors or square with the cabinet—adjust the side screw. This moves the door from side to side. In some cases, you have to loosen the depth screw slightly to adjust the side screw.
Third, if the door is flush and parallel with other doors but too high or low, use the mounting screws to raise or lower the mounting plates. Loosen the screws at both hinges, slide the door up or down and tighten the screws. Some mounting plates adjust by turning a single screw.