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Home Improvement  /  November 10, 2017

Simple Tips on Properly Installing Cabinet Hardware

Changing your kitchen hardware is a simple home improvement project that you can do over the weekend. Updating your kitchen cabinet hardware can enhance the overall appearance of the cabinets and add a touch of class or flair to your kitchen. Handyman Connection® of Boise explains how to properly install cabinet hardware:

Properly Installing Cabinet Hardware

  • Use the Door Rail as a Guide There are standard practices when installing knobs and pulls. A good rule of thumb to follow is to line up the knob with the top of the bottom door rail. You can also line up the bottom of the pull with the top of the door rail. In any case, always center the hardware on the door stile.

  • Attach the Hardware – Temporarily If you’re not sure about your alignments, you can also temporarily attach the hardware by sticking a piece of reusable putty adhesive to the hardware. This way you can try different spots. If you find a spot you like, mark the area with a pencil and follow it accordingly.

  • Use Templates You can also use templates to make the job easier. A template will increase uniformity and will greatly reduce the chances of mistakes or hardware misalignment. You can find templates at home improvement stores. When using templates, however, you need to use tape to cover any extra holes in that template to help prevent confusion.

  • Hide Old Holes With Back Plates If you are switching from a pull to a knob, then you can use back plates to cover the old hole. Fortunately, there are plenty of back plate options to choose from online. You can also use putty to fill old holes. Create the perfect custom color for filling your holes by buying three colors of putty to match your wood grain: dark, light and in-between.

  • Place Hardware Higher on Your Lowest Drawer This is perfect for cabinets with a larger drawer on the bottom. Make sure that the knobs on the cabinet are evenly spaced, and then place the last knob a bit higher than the center. This makes the knob more accessible, and it is also aesthetically pleasing.

  • Make Sure to Set Aside Finish Use the finish that you used on the cabinets to perform any final touch-ups after you install the hardware. If your cabinet doesn’t come with its own finish, then you can make one of your own by cleaning out an old bottle of nail polish with nail polish remover. Then, fill that bottle with your chosen paint or finish.

If you don’t have time for this task, just give Handyman Connection of Boise a call. We are an expert in carpentry, shelving, painting, remodeling, decking and many other home maintenance tasks. We also provide a satisfaction guarantee on our work, so our customers can have peace of mind. Contact us to learn more about installing your cabinet hardware. You can also request an estimate.


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