Replace Kitchen Drawer Hardware in 8 Steps

An updated kitchen.
  • 2-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 100-200
What You'll Need
Drill and bits
New drawer hardware
Measuring tape

If your home remodeling project involves the replacement of kitchen drawer hardware, you will be glad to know that this is one of the easiest jobs to do. Whether it is the knobs or handles, the glide system, or both, it will take no time at all.

Before you begin this project you will need to take proper and accurate measurements of any drawers and spaces that you will be working with. Purchase desired hardware in matching or coordinating colors or metals. There are hundreds of options available, so think about what matches the rest of your kitchen décor. Consider what is easiest to manage for all family members (knob or handle style). If you need to replace the glides for the drawers you should do this first, before replacing the outside hardware.

Step 1 - Remove the Drawer

Take the drawer completely out of the old glide system.

Step 2 - Remove the Drawer Glide

Remove the glide from inside the drawer space by using your drill and proper bit. You can use your screwdriver if you are unable to get the drill into the space. You may need to remove the glide that is attached to the drawer as well as the glide that is attached to the inside of the cabinet wall. It is recommended that you replace both pieces as they come together. Remove the drawer guide system from the outside of the drawer.

Step 3 - Paint Drawer (optional)

This step is in case you are painting while you are replacing. Make sure the drawer and drawer space are thoroughly clean and sanded. Paint them in the desired color.

Step 4 - Measure Inside the Drawer

Using your level and measuring tape, take accurate and level measurements of the inside of the drawer or cabinet space where you are going to install new glide. Also measure and line up the guide tracks on the drawer itself.

Step 5 - Attach New Glide and Tracks

Attach the new glide and guide tracks, taking care to make sure to check your alignment before tightening screws. Leave drawer out for replacement of knobs, pulls, or handles.

Step 6 - Remove Outer Hardware

Remove any old knobs, pulls, or handles, using screwdriver or drill and bits.

Step 7 - Drill Holes

If you have chosen not to paint the drawers, you can use the old hardware holes as guides; or, use your measuring tape and level to mark new drill holes with your pencil if you have freshly painted drawers.

Step 8 - Install New Hardware

Attach your new hardware using the drill or screwdriver.