How To Install New Kitchen Cabinet Knobs

People don't think about kitchen cabinet knobs or other hardware. They are usually more interested in making sure that the color of the cabinets match the floor or the walls and that there are enough shelves in the cabinets for them to be functional. However, if you ignore the hardware, then you are ignoring an awesome place to express your personality. There are tons of different kitchen cabinet knobs and pull-bars that you can purchase at antique shops or custom order online in order to make sure that your cabinets reflect who you are as a person.

Follow these steps to install your new cabinet hardware.

1. Get Your Hardware

Go online or to a store that sells cabinet hardware and choose some that best fit your personality. Make note of the size of the hole that the hardware is going to need and write this information down.

2. Go to a Hardware Store

Next, you are going to need to pick up the materials that you need from a hardware store. You are going to need a screwdriver, a drill with a bit that matches the size of your hardware, as well as a bit that is much smaller, a tape measure, and a jig. A jig is a piece of equipment that has different holes on it that are pre-measured. You will be using this tool in order to ensure that the hole you create is the perfect size. Make sure that the jig has the size of hole that you need for the hardware.

3. Mark the Hole

Go home and approach one of the cabinets. Measure the space between the frame of the cabinet and the edge of the cabinet with your tape measure. Find the center of this area and mark it with a pencil. Choose the area where you want your knob or other hardware to be located. This area should either be halfway up the cabinet, or near the bottom of the cabinet, but always in the middle of the frame and the edge of the cabinet that is farthest away from the hinge.

4. Drill a Preliminary Hole

Using the jig, choose the hole that fits the smaller drill bit that you purchased. Drill this smaller hole as a preliminary guide hole. You need this preliminary hole in order to make sure that you don't accidentally drill a hole that is too large or cause the back of the cabinet to splinter. 

5. Drill the Normal Hole and Pull the Hardware Through

Finally, drill the normal hole where you drilled the smaller hole. Push the knob or other piece of hardware through and uses the screwdriver to screw it into place. If the hardware you chose needs two holes, then repeat steps 3 through 5 for the second hole.

For help or for more information, talk to a company that specializes in kitchen cabinet installation, like Millbrook Cabinetry Custom Cabinets.