How to Install Cabinet Hardware

We've got the secret trick to make this project a breeze. Your kitchen has never looked better!

Get tips on how to remove old cabinet hardware, plus how to install new hardware in your kitchen.

Installing new kitchen hardware is an easy but important project. Think of it like putting the cherry on top of your brand-new kitchen makeover. Cabinet hardware is not the most important part of your kitchen, but you would notice if it were missing. Below, we show you the best, most efficient way to make sure your knobs and handles all look even and cohesive. With our DIY template, this project won't take long.

Refacing Kitchen Cabinets

What You Need

  • Kitchen hardware
  • 3 pieces scrap wood
  • Pencil
  • Drill 
  • 1/4-inch drill bit
  • Screws

Buying Guide

When purchasing hardware for your kitchen, think practicality over style. While floral-shaped and shimmering knobs look intriguing, they are not ideal for hardworking spaces. Shop for knobs and handles without sharp edges that can seriously hurt if they're run into. Simple metallics work best and are guaranteed to look great with any paint color for future cabinet makeovers. 

Cabinet Hardware for Every Kitchen Style

Step 1: Build a Jig

For perfect measurement every time, make a jig to fit your cabinets. Get a scrap piece of wood and mark on it where you'd want a knob if it were a cabinet door. Drill a pilot hole at that mark. 

To line the jig up perfectly with the cabinets, attach two short boards to the long and short sides of the jig, meeting in the corner. This is where you will rest the corner of the cabinet door to measure for drilling. 

Step 2: Drill Holes

To install the hardware, line up the jig with the cabinet corner and use a 1/4-inch drill bit to drill through the template hole and the cabinet door. Be sure to use steady, even pressure.

Editor's Tip: If this is your first time installing cabinet hardware, try drilling a few practice holes on a piece of scrap wood before drilling into your cabinet doors.

Step 3: Install Hardware

With your holes already predrilled in the cabinet doors, simply line up your new hardware with the pilot holes on the front of the doors and secure into place with screws from the back.


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