How to Adjust Your Cabinet Doors and Drawers

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cabinet hardware door hinges and drawer glides or slides

Knowing how to adjust your kitchen cabinet hardware can help you prolong the life and beauty of your new cabinetry. Semi-custom cabinets are designed to be adjustable by the homeowner. Each cabinet is built with several types of durable, high-performance hardware that will operate smoothly for years. Periodically, check your hardware to tighten hinge screws, realign drawers, and adjust runners. Hardware can move and become loose over time.

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Cabinet Hardware Adjustments

Here are some signs that your cabinet hardware may need adjusting:

  • The doors or drawers are loose
  • The doors don’t stay closed
  • The drawer glides are sticky
  • The doors or drawers are uneven, angled, or unsymmetrical
  • The self-closing or soft-closing mechanism doesn’t work

Maintenance will be needed more frequently for high-use doors and during seasonal temperature changes. Doors are made of hardwood, which is affected by the temperature and humidity levels. Your cabinets may require adjustments after installation as they become acclimated to the new environment.

How to Adjust Door Hinges

How to Adjust Drawer Boxes and Glides

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