Setting cabinet doors: It's easy

Hinges are nowadays made to easily adjust the height, depth and horizontal orientation of cabinet doors. And only with a screwdriver. We will explain in the following how you proceed step by step professionally.

Why should a closet door be set?

The reasons why adjusting a cabinet door is necessary are manifold: The cabinet door may have warped or been skewed. Even with a new purchase is a setting when screwing the doors needed. A wrong one, so e.g. oblique attitude can have several consequences:

  • The door does not close properly.
  • The door scrapes when opening and closing the adjacent door.
  • The door scrapes when opening and closing with the edge of the door to the frame of the cabinet.
  • The door is heavy.
  • The door opens on its own.
  • The door looks awkward.
  • The door does not open completely or not completely closed.
  • The door is lower than the others.

The door is wrong?

Before you start adjusting, you should be aware of what the problem is. If you e.g. Believe that a door is crooked, you should be sure which door is crooked and in which direction it is crooked. If you are not sure whether the door is crooked or which door is wrong, you can use a spirit level. First of all, check that the cabinet is straight, because if the cabinet has a slight incline, the door may also have a slight incline to just lock it to the cabinet. Then check the inclination of the doors by holding a spirit level at the top or bottom edge.

Which door is too high?

If one or more doors in your cabinet are too tall, you should think twice about which door to use as a reference. Choose one at whose height you'll adjust all the others. Choose the door as a reference that fits as well as possible with the frame.

The door is too deep?

Too deep means that the door is too close to the frame of the cabinet. The result is that the rear edge of the door presses against the door frame and so the door either difficult or not completely open. In addition, there may be a squeak or cockroaches. The door and the frame, if not adjusted, sand each other off and lose color.

Of course, you do not always have to do all three steps. If your door is not level with the other doors, you can only adjust the height. Of course, if you do not know exactly where the problem lies, you can also try different settings.

Structure of the hinges

Before you can start adjusting it is important to know how the hinges are constructed: The hinge consists of two parts, one with two and the other with four screws. The part with two screws is not interesting for the setting. Do not screw around here, otherwise the door will fall out!
The other part with the four screws is especially interesting for the middle ones, which are responsible for the horizontal and the depth adjustment. The top and bottom screws are important for height adjustment.

Step by step instructions for setting a cupboard door

  • possibly a spirit level
  • screwdriver

1. Adjust the height

To set the correct height, you must first loosen the screws on the mounting plate or on the door. That depends on which side a little space was left around these screws.

At this point loosen the screws a little (never completely, otherwise the door will fall!) And push the door up or down.

If the door does not move in the desired direction because the maximum setting has been reached, you will probably have to move the other doors.

2. Align horizontally

With this setting you adjust the horizontal position of the door. This setting is recommended if your door is crooked. Here, the front, middle screw on the hinge plays the main role: If you turn the screw on the upper hinge clockwise, the cabinet door moves in the same direction. Turn the screw on the lower hinge, the door turned in the opposite direction. (This rule applies when the adjustment screws are fastened to the cabinet wall, and if they are attached to the door, the reverse movement will apply.)

From time to time, tighten the rear center screw to ensure a secure door position.

3. Depth alignment

To adjust the distance between the door and the cabinet, first loosen the rear middle adjustment screw so that you can push the door outwards or inwards. When you reach the desired distance, tighten the screw again.

Tips & Tricks

Never unscrew any of the screws. Above all, the upper and lower screws should be loosened extremely carefully, as the door could fall off if you loosen them too much.

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