How to Install Kitchen Cabinet Panels


Installing panels on your kitchen cabinets will enhance the beauty of your kitchen. Pre-made cabinets are built without panels to keep the costs minimal. The exposed ends of the cabinets are usually a white melamine surface or a material that does not match the wood doors. You can add wood panels to these exposed ends that match the doors and drawer fronts. Panels will provide a custom look that will not cost a bunch of money.

Things You'll Need

  • Orbital sander
  • Power drill
  • 1/8-inch drill bit
  • One box 1 1/4-inch screws
  • Place the panel into position on the exposed cabinet side. Check for gaps between the panel and the back wall.

  • If there is a gap between the panel and the wall, sand the panel edge to compensate for the gap that will allow the panel to fit tightly against the wall. Sand the panel using an orbital sander.

  • Open the doors of the cabinet. Drill four holes near the front of the cabinet and four holes in the rear of the cabinet on the cabinet side.

  • Place the panel into position next to the cabinet.

  • Fasten the panel to the cabinet using 1 1/4-inch grabber screws and a power drill. The screws can be placed in the pilot holes drilled in step 3.

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