Replacing the kitchen doors to your cabinets can be a cost-effective way of updating your kitchen, especially if you do not need to replace the carcasses.
In this article, we will take a look at how to fit replacement kitchen doors. We will cover removing the existing doors, fitting the hinges, and then finally fitting the door. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments please get in touch. This article is also a follow-up article on how you can measure your replacement kitchen doors, which can be accessed here. The different types of doors and hinges can make things tricky so if you have any questions at all, no matter how daft you may think they are, we assure you that our friendly team will only be happy to help- get in touch.
A quick note on hinges
Hinges are typically made up of two components:
- The hinge itself that attaches to the door
- The backplate that attaches to the cabinet
- Fitting the hinges to the new door
In this article, we will refer to the hinge and the backplate as described here.
Fitting your replacement doors
1. Removing Your Old Doors
The first step you need to do is to remove your old doors. You should do this with the existing hinges and you should always start by removing the bottom hinge first, so it does not put strain on the top hinge.
2. Remove the Hinges
Next you should remove the hinge from the backplate by either releasing the clip or loosening the screw, which is used to keep the hinge in place. If you are going to use the same hinges or handles from your old cabinet doors, then you should remove these from the door at this stage.
3. Fit The Hinges To The New Door
You will now want to fit the main part of the hinges to the new doors. Remember to ensure that the hinge stays at a perfect right angle to the door where it will attach to the backplate in the cabinet.
4. Attaching the Door to the Cabinet
When you go to attach your new door to the cabinet, then you should look to fit the top hinge first, so that you don’t put the door or hinges under strain. Once this is done, you can attach the bottom hinge.
If the door does not match up when you attach it to the cabinet, then you can adjust the backplates and can be moved a few millimeters by adjusting the screws accordingly
5. Fine adjustments
Once the doors are attached you will likely need to make fine adjustments to get the doors perfectly aligned. This will take some work adjusting your hinges and then tightening once the doors open and close smoothly.
If you follow this simple guide you should be able to replace your doors in no time. If you do get stuck, get in touch with our friendly team.