Installing Cabinet Hardware: What You Should Know

An updated kitchen.
  • 2 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 50-75
What You'll Need
Handles or knobs
Measuring tape

Before installing cabinet hardware, take precise measurements of your cabinets and doors. This will help you avoid making unsightly extra drill holes that could lead to splintering. Follow these steps for easy cabinet hardware installation. In addition to the handles or knobs and additional screws, you will need a drill, a level, and a measuring tape.

Step 1 - Match

Find the drill bit that matches the thread hole on the door or drawer handle.

Step 2 - Pick the Location

Select the location where you want the door handle or knob to be. On a drawer, the best place for the handle is usually in the center. For cabinet doors, determine whether you want handles positioned vertically or horizontally.

Step 3 - Measure and Mark

Using a measuring tape, mark the two locations where you need to pre-drill. Make sure these two positions are even using a level.

Step 4 - Pre-drill

Pre-drill the holes for the door or drawer handle.

Step 5 - Place Screws

Put the screws through and tighten up to the handle. When fully tightened, there should be no play between the drawer and the handle.