There are seven easy steps to cabinet hardware installation.
Maybe you thought you could save a few dollars by choosing to install the hardware on your new cabinets. Or you recently purchased a home that didn’t have hardware on the cabinets and you would like to put some on. We will tell you how you can install your hardware on kitchen or bathroom cabinets.
Determine where you would like your hardware to be located.
There is no true rule of thumb and it is solely up to everyone’s personal tastes. Obviously we don’t want the hardware on the hinge side of the doors. The sky is as they say the limit otherwise.
Apply blue painters tape to in the general area your hardware will be installed.
Be sure to use painters tape and to not leave the tape on the doors for days. So don’t apply the tape, run off to Starbucks and then get sidetracked for weeks – the tape may alter the finish slightly
With a straight edge ruler ( I use one that is English and Metric ) measure and mark your center location.
This is for a single knob. If you were doing pulls you would need to mark two holes depending on the width of the pull.
Double check your mark with a regular tape measure.
We do this just to make sure we didn’t make a mistake making our original mark. Cabinet doors and drawer fronts are very expensive and can take weeks to have a replacement shipped to you.
Use an awl to make an indent into the wood where your hardware will be.
This step is critical so that your drill bit in the next step won’t ‘walk’ away. A drill bit can travel on a smooth hard surface leaving a scar in it’s wake. Indenting the wood with an awl is a critical step
Drill your hole and remove the tape.
Using a drill bit slightly larger in diameter than the hardware screw slowly drill your hole. Cabinets can utilize hardwoods like oak or maple. So drill with the trigger half way engaged and draw your bit out several times to clean the bit of shavings. This will keep from smelling burnt wood as well as increase the life of the bit.
Attach your hardware.
Using the proper length screw, attach your hardware. You will need to use a screw that is equal to the combined width of the material plus a quarter of an inch. Doors usually use shorter screws than drawers as the drawer faces are attached to the actual drawer.
These seven steps will get you one piece of hardware installed on your cabinet. Just repeat that for the number of doors and drawers you have and you will have completed the installation of your new hardware.
Some larger drawers require installation of two sets of hardware. That all is determined by the type of hardware you fall in love with as the sizes offered vary style to style.
List of Tools
- Painters Tape
- Sharp Number 2 Pencil (2)
- Straight Edge Precision Ruler
- Tape Measure
- Drill Bit (s)
- Various Lengths of Machine Screws (we keep 8 different lengths stocked in our cabinet installation kit)
- Saw horses or some type of work table (Not a good idea to be using an unprotected new counter or sink top!)
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All of Benhardt Construction and Remodeling’s kitchen, bathroom and basement cabinets are priced with the hardware installation included. You PYOH (provide your own hardware) as there are truly a mind boggling variety of hardware styles, colors and finishes. The hardware is solely the responsibility of each of our customers.