Building cabinet doors yourself: That's how it works


Do you not like your closet doors or have broken them? Or you have made yourself a cabinet and despair at the doors? Do not panic: In this guide you will learn how to easily build a few cabinet doors yourself.

Which material for the cabinet doors?

The cheapest and easiest way is to make the door out of one piece by buying a sufficiently large piece of wood, sanding it, hinging it and attaching it to the cabinet. But there is a prettier version, which is not very elaborate and possibly even a little cheaper: Construct a door frame made of simple wooden strips and then decorate this frame. For cladding you can use chipboard, fabric or Plexiglas. We will explain below how you can build such a cabinet door with a fabric cover yourself.

Building cabinet doors yourself step by step

  • four frame woods per door (two shorter, two longer)
  • nails
  • screw
  • hinges
  • abrasive paper
  • Paint or paint
  • possibly connectors
  • material
  • Metermaß
  • pencil
  • saw
  • sanding block
  • brush
  • Cordless Drills
  • Cordless Screwdriver
  • spirit level
  • stapler

1. The right dimensions of the frame woods

It's best to measure the size of the cupboard doors at home and have the timber cut in the hardware store. Measure the height of the doors. Bear in mind that the door should be flush with the outer edge of the cabinet, not the inner edge! If you are going to attach two cabinet doors, measure the entire width from one side to the other and divide the result by two. Then you have your door width for each door. Before doing so, consider whether you want to insert the transverse strips into the longitudinal strips or vice versa, ie whether the transverse strips must be slightly shorter so that the longitudinal strips can be mounted on the right and left or if the width of the transverse strips must be deducted from the length of the longitudinal strips so that you can attach them to the top and bottom of the longitudinal strips. It does not matter what you choose, that's more of a visual question.

2. Build a frame

Before you can start building the frame, you should sand down the wooden strips at the sawn-off points so that you can not break any splinters. In addition, you should wear gloves when building the frame.

Depending on the width of the frame timbers, you can nail them together, screw them together directly or screw them together using connectors. For very thick and wide frame timbers you can also use in longitudinal. and crossbar drill a hole and connect you in the desired place with some glue and a wooden dowel. Check the squareness every time you build the frame.

3. Paint the frame

If the wood is untreated, you should now paint it before covering to protect it from moisture and dirt. Allow the paint to dry well before proceeding with stringing.

4. Cover the frame

Then it's time to string the frame. Lay the frame down with the side facing outward and staple the fabric firmly tight on the inside.


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