Kitchen Cabinet Installation Guide Chapter 8

Learn how to install decorative cabinet hardware professionally with this step-by-step video.

Decorative hardware includes pulls and knobs in every shape, size, color and finish. Placement is a matter of personal preference. Determine where you think the hardware looks and feels the best.

With all the hardware selections available there really aren’t standard types — but there are uniform sizes. A reminder, do not drill for any hardware until you have completed all door and drawer alignment adjustments! Inexpensive plastic templates are available at your local hardware store to make the job easier. You can also construct a simple template from scrap wood.

Begin by placing blue masking tape on the face of door where the hardware will be installed and mark the hole locations. When drilling the holes for the hardware screws, make sure to have the door open to avoid drilling into the cabinet face frame.

For full overlay doors, countersink screws on the backside of the doors to prevent face-frame scratching from screw heads. If your hardware includes decorative back plates, make sure to account for the additional length when determining final placement. You may need to purchase additional screws for the drawer fronts. Standard decorative hardware screw lengths are ¾ of inch long — but drawer fronts need 1 ½ inch screws to accommodate for both the drawer front and the drawer box.

If you are installing knobs rather than pulls on your cabinets, you can quickly locate a drawer front center by drawing an intersecting “X” using a straight edge that aligns diagonal corners of the drawer front. For drawers 24 inches or wider, you may wish to consider installing two pieces of hardware for a more uniform pull on the drawer.