Adjusting Kitchen Cupboard Doors – How to Guide

  • 15th March, 2014
  • Published by Kitchen Restoration

Having kitchen cupboard doors that don’t hang straight can have a negative impact on the way your kitchen looks. On top of that, it can impede the way your kitchen works: doors that aren’t well fitted or have started to sag can get in the way, leave cupboards open and vulnerable or increase the risk of coming away from the unit entirely. However, the majority of these problems can be solved with a screwdriver and a little bit of know-how. Let’s take a look at some of the most common problems and the best ways to tackle them.

Know your hinges

Most people tend to assume that when their kitchen cupboard doors look a bit wonky, it’s because the hinges have become worn. In truth, it tends to be because they simply need readjusting. Knowing your hinge can really help make the job a lot quicker and a lot less hassle.

Most hinges today come in two parts. The first part screws to the cupboard door, while the other part is attached to the frame of the cupboard. They are held together with a locking screw that tightens up and hold the door in place. In addition, most modern hinges have an adjusting bolt that you can use to change the ‘angle of the dangle’ or move the door to the left or right.

Solving common problems

If your doors have come loose, the probable cause is that the locking screw has managed to loosen itself and the door has slid out of its original position. Tightening the locking screw can help to put things back to where they should be. However, if this doesn’t do the trick, then take a look at the screws that are attached to the door and the frame. If these have become loose, they can make the whole thing wonky! Simply tighten them and you should have a sag-free door.

Badly aligned doors can usually be straightened by taking a look at the screws on the cupboard frame. The ones that hold the hinge in place usually have slotted holes, giving you room to loosen the screws, move the hinges up or down by a few millimetres and then retighten them. If both doors are badly aligned, then it’s worth getting an extra pair of hands in, so that you can ensure that both doors are straightened in relation to each other.

Doors that don’t close properly are said to be ‘binding’. This tends to mean that the hinges have moved closer together and the hinged edge of the door is rubbing or stopping against the frame itself. This can be resolved by adjusting the door so that it is fixed further away from the frame. The best way to solve this is to unscrew the adjusting screw and ease the door out and then retightening the screw.

Restoring your kitchen to its former glory

Your kitchen cupboards are an integral part of the way your kitchen looks. Adjusting them is a simple way to restore it to its former glory. However, if things are really serious, you might want to consider finding a refurbishment company and replacing the doors entirely.