For many of us the kitchen forms an integral part of our home. And quite rightly so. It is an important part of everyday life and gets used many times a day. Therefore, it is vital to keep your kitchen updated, trendy and practical for everyday use.
Kitchen cabinet handles or knobs can add great style to your kitchen by complimenting your cabinets and kitchen accessories. However, they are not just mere decorative hardware but have an important ergonomic part while using your cabinets. Kitchen handles and knobs are quick and easy to install and is inexpensive DIY project.
In this guide, you’ll find out how to fit handles and knobs to your kitchen cabinets. We’ll use a generic set of instructions which will be applied to most wardrobe and cabinet drawer handles.
What you’ll need before you start
- Kitchen cabinet handles or knobs
- Measuring tape
- Power drill
- G-clamp (optional)
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Drawer handle drilling guide (optional)
Stage 1: Prepare
Firstly, you may want to ensure your kitchen cabinets are clean and dust-free. Clean them with a simple wet wipe and dry with a kitchen towel or cloth. Also read the cabinet manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you’re preparing the cabinets in the right way. The door and drawer handle manufacturers’ instructions will also assist you here.
Stage 2: Plan the position
Decide on the position of your handle or knob. Base unit handles and knobs should be mounted towards the top of the door for effortless access. Wall unit handles and knobs should be mounted towards the bottom of the door, and drawer handles and knobs should be mounted in the centre. Both base and wall unit drawers and knobs should also be located closer to the leading edge (opening side) of the unit.
Once you have decided the position, mark the drilling points on the door or drawer unit with a pencil. Double check the handle or knob again against your pencil marks to check you are happy with the location.
Some cabinet manufacturers pre-mark the locations of handles and knobs, making your installation just that bit easier.
Stage 3: Drill the holes
Drill holes from the front of the door or drawer to the back. Use a slightly larger drill bit than the screws of the handle or knob.
Use a G-clamp to attach a piece of wood to the outside of the open door. This will avoid splinters. You can also drill halfway from the front of the door to the back, then drill halfway from the bank to the front of the door.
Also remember to remove any pencil marks now before you begin screwing the handles or knobs to the door.
Stage 4: Screw on your handle or knob Now you can begin screwing on your handle or knob. Insert the screws from the inside pointing out. For handles, start with one screw until it’s almost completely tight with some wiggle room. Now screw the other part of the handle completely tight, before moving back to the first screw to tighten completely.
That’s it! In four steps your handle or knob is now installed.
- Use safety goggles and gloves when drilling.
- Use a G-clamp to attach a piece of wood to the outside of the open door. This will avoid splinters.
- Don’t over tighten screws when fixing to cabinets, as it can lead to split wood.
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