How to Repair a Loose Cabinet Drawer Handle

hand pulling cabinet drawer by metal shell-shaped handle
  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 0-50
What You'll Need
Masking tape
Wood glue

If your cabinet door handle is loose and screwing it back in doesn't help, it is often due to the fact that the wood has been stripped and the screw can no longer be secured in it. There are many ways to fix a loose cabinet door handle, but one of the easiest ways is by using wood glue and toothpicks.

Step 1 - Remove Cabinet Door Handle

To remove the cabinet door handle, unscrew it from the door and pull it off.

Step 2 - Cover the Wood Finish

Before doing anything else, you want to cover the area around the hole with masking tape.

Step 3 - Fill the Hole

Fill the hole full of wood glue.

Step 4 - Prepare the Toothpicks

Coat the bottom half of the toothpicks with wood glue. Start with at least a dozen. If you end up needing more, prepare more.

Step 5 - Place the Toothpicks in Hole

One by one, place toothpicks in the hole. Fill it with as many toothpicks as you can.

Step 6 - Let the Glue Dry

The wood glue should dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 7 - Attach Cabinet Door Handle

If any toothpicks are protruding from the hole, slice them off. Once finished, screw the cabinet door handle back into the hole.