Easy Step-by-Step Instructions for Installing Concealed Cabinet Door Hinges
Installing concealed cabinet door hinges is the perfect way to add a modern look to the sleek contemporary design of your kitchen. Whether you’re installing new doors or just switching up the existing hardware, following these instructions will help you to easily and securely attach concealed hinges to your cabinet doors.
If you’re being installing hinges on frameless cabinet doors, measure up two inches from the bottom and down from the top of the cabinet box and mark these spots with a pencil – these are where you will attach the mounting brackets for the hinges. With framed cabinets, measure the depth of the frame and decide how much should overlap (i.e. half overlay, full inset).
For each door, you’ll need to drill three holes – a large 35mm one in the middle and two offset 8mm ones above and below it for the dowels and screw fasteners. Make sure not to drill the holes too deep – just one-half inch is enough to secure the hinges. If possible, it’s always best to use a hinge mark template to ensure the holes are in the optimal places.
Separate the mounting brackets from the hinge hardware and then slide the hinge hardware snugly into the holes. Twist the screws with the Philips screwdriver to make sure the hardware is firmly secured.
When purchasing the mounting brackets, make sure you have the correct length and thickness for the main shaft of the bracket. Doing this will reduce the amount of overlap by the same amount on the door. Then attach the mounting brackets to the spots you marked inside the cabinet body and make sure the hinge arm fits properly. Open and close the door to test out the alignment and make sure the hinges are straight.
Take your time with this step to make sure you measure correctly and securely attach the concealed hinges. Once they’ve been placed correctly, go ahead and tighten the screws only seventy-five percent – then adjust the screws and brackets once more to make sure the plates are level. If you’re happy with the alignment, completely screw in the door hardware. If you’re still not sure, loosen and adjust the screws until the door hinges are correctly in place.
By following these steps and taking time to measure correctly, you’ll be able to easily install concealed cabinet door hinges and achieve the sleek and modern look you’re after. The process may take a bit of time but once it’s been done correctly, you’ll be glad you put in the effort.