Quick and Easy Cabinet Installation in 5 Steps


Do it yourself cabinet replacement in 5 easy steps. This is a quick way to upgrade your home; you can do it in an afternoon. Impress your friends and save some money. What could be better? This could even be a bonding experience with your spouse or your kid.

While this project is a quick, easy way to update your house, a word of caution before beginning. Make sure all measurements are careful and precise. With this type of work there is no wiggle room. If you drill incorrectly you can ruin your project. If done carefully this project will only take a couple of hours and will completely upgrade your living space!

All you need is:

  • A cordless drill
  • A tape measure
  • A straight edge or chalk snap line
  • Painter’s tape
  • Some drill bits
  • Cabinet hardware

Step 1. Choosing a drill bit

Take the hole in your cabinet hardware and fit your drill bits into it until you find the bit that fits snugly into the hole, but is not larger than the whole. This is the drill bit you will use.

Pro tip: Start with small drill bits and increase in size until you find one that fits just right.

Step 2. Measuring your horizontal and vertical lines

Start by marking out a horizontal line between the two furthest points of your doors or drawers. You can either use a yardstick or a chalk snap line to do this. Next, mark out your vertical lines, again starting at the extremes.

For your rows measure the length vertically, and make a spot halfway between the two ends. For your columns do the same, but horizontally.
Pro tip: Make your own chalk line by rubbing a string in chalk dust and stretching it across your measurement.

Step 3. Mark the center of each drawer

This applies to both single-screw type hardware and double-screw type hardware. Cabinet doors will not be centered in the middle of the door, so make sure to mark a lower corner instead of a central spot.

Pro tip: Make a mark that is smaller than the size of your drill bit so that it is erased when you drill in.

Step 4. Prevent damage with masking tape or painter’s tape

Place a piece of masking or painter’s tape where you will be drilling your hole.

Pro tip: This will keep your drill bit stable.

Step 5. Drill baby drill

Drill your holes into your tape. Make sure you’ve thoroughly measured at least twice and double check your calculations before drilling.

Pro tip: If your hole ends up being slightly off (within 1/16th of an inch) you can wiggle the drill bit around a little, or use a slightly larger bit to enlarge the hole and get your cabinet hardware in the correct spot. If you’ve drilled the hole in entirely the wrong spot you may have to use some wood putty to fill the hole, and re-drill completely.

Good luck and enjoy your newly refurbished home!

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