How to Install Cabinet Handles

Renovating your kitchen or bathroom requires the easy but crucial job of installing cabinet handles. Correctly placed handles not only make your cabinets more useful but also make the space look better overall. Even for those without experience, this article will walk you through the process of installing cabinet handles.

Getting Materials and Tools Ready

Get the supplies and tools you’ll need before you begin. Those consist of:

  • Fresh cabinet pulls
  • Usually supplied with the handles are screws
  • Screwdriver (make sure the kind suits the screws)
  • Drill and bits
  • Measurement ruler or tape
  • Liner or pencil
  • Decorative tape (optional)
  • Assessing Handle Positions

Finding the locations of each cabinet handle comes first. The overall appearance might be impacted by asymmetric placement, hence this is an important stage. Usually, handles are placed close to cabinet door corners, but cabinet design and personal taste can determine where they are placed precisely.

Positioning Handles on Upper and Lower Cabinets

Handles are often placed near the bottom corner of the door for upper cabinets and near the top corner for lower cabinets. To guarantee uniformity, use a ruler to measure and mark each handle’s location. A little amount of masking tape can be placed at the indicated locations for more accuracy and easy adjustments if necessary.

Drilling Holes and Installing Handles

Drilling holes can begin as soon as the handle locations are known. To keep the drill bit from slipping, pencil mark the locations before drilling.

Proper Drilling Technique

Drill at the designated sites after adjusting the drill speed. Applying too much power could break the cabinet door, so be cautious. Drill, then put screws into the holes and fasten the handles to the door with a screwdriver. Pliers can be used to shorten excessively long screws.

Aligning Handles on Multi-Door Cabinets

Should your cabinets have several doors, make sure that every handle is positioned and raised to the same height. To assure consistent installation, put a thin piece of cardboard or wood on each door and mark the locations.

Checking and Adjusting

Check that every handle is tight and straight after installation. Tighten any loose handles you come see. Should the handles be misaligned, you may need to re-drill and move them. For the end product, the extra work is worth the little inconvenience.

Cleaning Up After Installation

Never forget to tidy the work space when installation is finished. To keep the cabinets neat and tidy, sweep up any wood shavings from drilling with a vacuum or brush. If you applied masking tape, don’t forget to remove it. Should you see any stains on the cabinet surfaces, gently wipe them with a moist cloth.

Additional Tips

Select the Correct Handles: Modern and sleek to classic designs are among the many handle styles that are offered. Select handles to complement your whole style.

Get the Correct Screws in Advance by Measuring: Sometimes the thickness of your cabinets is too great for the screws that come with the handles. To prevent problem during installation, measure beforehand and purchase the right length screws.

Taking Care of Installation Try to drill and install handles with accuracy and steadiness to save the cabinet surfaces.

Though it is a fairly easy job, installing cabinet knobs calls for patience and careful execution. Even novices may do the work well by following the instructions above. If you’re not sure about any particular stage, think about doing further study ahead or asking knowledgeable friends for guidance. In any event, doing cabinet handle installation yourself improves your do-it-yourself abilities and makes you feel accomplished and satisfied. With any luck, this guide helps and your installation goes well!

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