How To Install Cabinet Hardware

In any home reno, it all comes down to the details. New cabinet hardware is an easy way to quickly refresh the look of any cabinetry and make big impact in your space. I like to think of it as the JEWELLERY of the design world.  Here's how to install cabinet hardware...

5 EASY STEPS 

IKEA cabinet upgrade @ Holland Park Nursery

IKEA cabinet upgrade @ Holland Park Nursery

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

  • A thin piece of cardboard or paper for the template. (Painters tape can also be used)
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Drill and correct drill bit for hardware screw
  • Level
  • Pencil or sharp object
  • Cabinet hardware
  • Clamps or tape 
  • Exacto Knife
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STEP #1 - CREATE A TEMPLATE

The last thing you want is cabinet hardware that looks wonky!  A template will help to install cabinet hardware. It's a guide you to drill & be as accurate as possible.

1. Use the Exacto knife to cut the shape of your hardware out of the cardboard (or use tape like we did here)

2. Measure from the centre of one hole to the other, not the length of the handle.

3. Mark with a pencil where the holes will be

4. Test your template by measureing the distance between holes to confirm you got it right.

TEMPLATING

STEP #2 - PICK YOUR POSITION

For a more modern feel, place the knobs or pulls so the bottom (in upper cabinetry) and the top (in base cabinetry) is flush with the edge of the face frame. Just like we did in our Langley Kitchen below.

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STEP #3 - LOCATE THE DRILL POINTS

This is where the screws will be drilled in. Tape your template in pace & be sure to use a level !!!

STEP 3: MEASURE TWICE, DRILL ONCE!

STEP #4 - DRILL THE HOLES

1. Use a screw or something sharp to poke out the holes where the screws will go.

2. Double check by putting your hardware on the template to make sure the holes line up. 

3. Once your holes are marked you want to make sure, everything is perfect. Check twice, drill once! 

STEP 4: DRILLING

4. Use a drill bit size to match the size of the screws being used. once you found it, start to drill your hole.

TIP: make sure the drill bit is sharp and your battery is charged.

CAUTION! If you don't know How to use a drill. Check out this ONLINE TUTORIAL first.

STEP 2: SETTING UP YOUR TEMPLATE

STEP #5 - INSTALL HARDWARE

Very Carefully screw in the hardware from behind the cabinet. Now that you have drilled your holes, installing the hardware will be a piece of cake. 

STEP 5: ATTACH YOUR HARDWARE

FANCY NEW HARDWARE COMPLETE!

We installed sleek brass hardware from Rejuvination.com on the Navy BILLY / OXBERG Bookcase we found at IKEA for a more customized look.

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And THAT's how to install cabinet hardware yourself!

Have you ever installed your own cabinet hardware? How did it go? Share your comments below