How Do You Install Cabinet Door Hinges?

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Screw cabinet door hinges onto the back of the door, and screw them into the face of the cabinet frame. In addition to the hinges, you will need a soft cloth, a screwdriver, a drill and bit, masking tape, mounting screws and a pencil. Each cabinet door should take less than 30 minutes to hang.

  1. Attach the hinges to the back of the door

    Turn the cabinet door face down on a soft cloth to protect it from scratches. For cabinets less than 30 inches tall, attach two hinges approximately 2 inches from the top and bottom of the door. If the door is taller than 30 inches, attach a third hinge centered between the top and bottom. To make insertion of the screws easier, mark and drill pilot holes. Avoid drilling through the front of the cabinet door.

  2. Mark the position of the top of the cabinet doors

    Center the door over the cabinet opening. Mark the top edge of the cabinet on the frame with masking tape. Run a strip of masking tape down the length of the cabinet's level with this mark. Hang each of the cabinets even with the tape to make sure they're level.

  3. Mark the location of the hinges

    Use masking tape to mark where the hinges fall on the cabinet frame. Mark the screw holes with a pencil.

  4. Mount the hinges to the frame

    Drill pilot holes at the pencil marks. Screw each of the hinges to the frame with the screwdriver.