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Learn How to Adjust Cabinet Doors

Learn How to Adjust Cabinet Doors.

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Now and again, we are faced with the difficulty of fixing a customer’s kitchen or bathroom cabinet doors that are refusing to close properly. There are a variety of factors contributing to this. It is possible that I can speak to your specific circumstances and provide a solution to the problem.

Units that stand alone

In the case of a “freestanding” cabinet not attached to the wall, the problem may be racking out of alignment with the rest of the cabinet. Pushing on the top left or right side of the device will see whether it makes any difference in the issue. As a result, you will need to insert shims underneath one of the cabinet’s bottom corners if this is the case. It will take a lot of trial and error to get the unit set up right the first few times. If it is settling on the carpet, the tack strip installed immediately near the wall could be the source of the problem.

The door closes, but one corner protrudes from the frame.

When this occurs, the top or bottom hinges are typically set too far out or too far in, depending on the situation. If the top corner of the door is protruding from the cabinet face, either the top hinge needs to be brought in closer to the cabinet face, or the bottom hinge has to be moved out farther away from the cabinet face.

Every inch of the door’s edge extends past the door adjacent to it.

Another possibility is that it tends to gently reopen along the entire edge of the door when the cabinet door is closed, which is not uncommon. Both hinges may need to be moved away from the cabinet front and toward you, if this is the case. When the door closes entirely on its own, it will not close completely if the inside of the door is binding against the cabinet face.

Wood Cupboard Doors from a bygone era

To keep the doors closed on many of the older style wood door kitchen cabinets, magnetic catches were fitted inside the cabinets. Examine the interior of your cabinets to check if you have any of them on the inside of the doors. It is possible that the door that is not staying closed needs a new catch or that the old one needs to be slightly adjusted.

Do You Hear a Clicking or Clicking Sound?

Occasionally, a plastic piece eventually beaks on the internal parts of the hinges, which is a nuisance. Several different hinge styles are affected by this problem. There are European concealed hinges that do this, as well as beautiful hinges that are installed outwardly. To properly repair the situation, new hinges must be purchased and installed. Installing a magnetic catch would be an alternative solution. This would not be sufficient to eliminate the clicking sound.

Several years ago, the Blum firm discovered a defective item that caused the concealed European hinges on its doors to fail after five to 10 years of use. Every time the door was opened or closed, a clicking sound could be heard, indicating something was wrong. In addition, closing and opening the doors was frequently a challenging task. Many homeowners will be relieved to know that a lifetime warranty covers the hinges. The company has since resolved the problem.

Something is protruding from the inside of the cabinet.

True or not, there are times when a dish is just a little too deep for the cabinet, and the door smacks it in the face.

Cabinet door adjustments are typically accomplished using a small number of tools. All that is required is a Phillips or flat-head screwdriver, which is relatively simple. When installing magnetic catches, an electric or cordless drill will make the process go more smoothly. If you are dealing with a set of hinges that are making clicking noises, you will almost certainly need to have a power drill on hand.


Whatever strategy you choose for your cabinet doors, make sure that it is implemented appropriately and have a clear vision of what you want the look to be. When upgrading the design, cabinet modernization can be as simple as replacing handles and other hardware, painting the cabinet doors, or even carefully integrating glass panels into the cabinet doors. When replacing cabinet doors, be sure you have a vision and implement a foolproof plan to ensure that the desired outcome is achieved.