How to Change Cabinet Hinges


Replacing your cabinet hinges is one way to update the look of your cabinets as well as improve their operation. When changing cabinet hinges, it's a good idea to remove one and take it to the store. You want the same type of cabinet hinge that is currently on the cabinet. Change cabinet hinges with hinges that have the same size face or larger. This will prevent from having to refinish the cabinets. Before purchasing, add up the total number of hinges necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Wood putty
  • Sandpaper
  • Replacement hinges and screws
  • Drill and drill bits
  • Tape
  • Helper
  • Remove the screws securing the door hinges to the cabinet, using a Phillips screwdriver. Remove the doors from the cabinet. Lay them flat, with the hinge screws facing up.

  • Remove the screws securing the hinges to the doors, using a Phillips screwdriver. Fill the screw holes with wood putty. Allow the putty time to dry and sand smooth. Inspect the doors and the cabinet openings for damage and repair as necessary.

  • Position the bottom of one new hinge 2 inches from the bottom of the cabinet door. Mark the mounting hole location with a pencil. If the new hinge lines up with the previous mounting holes, move the hinge up 1/2 inch. Position a hinge 2 inches below the top edge of the cabinet door, and mark the mounting hole locations. If the hinge lines up with the previous holes, lower the hinge 1/2 inch.

  • Insert a drill bit into the drill that is smaller in diameter than the cabinet hinge mounting screws. Place the mounting screw beside the drill bit, and wrap a piece of tape around the bit near the bottom of the screw head. This marks the depth of your screw on the drill bit and will help prevent drilling through the door.

  • Drill pilot holes at the marks you made on the cabinet doors. Place the hinges on the cabinet doors and secure them, using a screwdriver and the provided screws.

  • Place the doors over the cabinet openings and mark the hinge mounting hole locations. Drill pilot holes for the cabinet screws into the cabinet.

  • Ask a friend to hold the cabinet door in place while you secure the hinges to the cabinet with the hinge screws and a screwdriver. Repeat for all the cabinet doors.

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