Fitting Replacement Kitchen Doors

Remove the old doors, drawer fronts, pelmets, plinths, etc, and get them out of the way so that you’ve got space to work. Check through the new doors, drawer fronts to ensure that everything is present, the correct size and undamaged – better to find out now if you’re short of anything !

Decide if you’re going to fit replacement hinges. If you do fit, it’s normallly the case that you’ll fit them in the same location as the old hinges, but there are exceptions to this. Sometimes, in older kitchens, the hinge plates on the carcass become loose through wear and tear. In this case, it may be a good idea to fit the new hinges a few mm above or below the old ones, allowing you to attach them to the carcass with new screws, making for a tighter fit.

If you think the doors may need a lot of adjustment up and down (to compensate for units that may have moved or are ill-fitting) instead of using the bulky screws (see pic) that are normally used to fix the hinge plates to the carcass use pan-headed self-tapping screws. These screws allow a lot more adjustment of the replacement kitchen door, both up and down.

The hinge holes in the back of the doors are, normally, 35mm diameter and are cut with a 35mm hinge sinking bit using a router.

If the old doors were a perfect fit, you can simply measure where the hinge holes were, taking the measurement from the edge of the door, then rout the hinge holes in the replacement doors in the same position.

An alternative method of marking the correct position for the hinge holes is: 1. Put a pencil mark on the edge of the carcass next to the middle of each hinge plate.

2. Then hold the new door next to the edge of the carcass, making sure you keep the door positioned correctly (in line with the top or bottom of the carcass) and transfer the pencil marks onto the door. You now have the correct position for the centre of the hinge holes on the doors.

You don’t need an expensive router to cut the hinge holes in doors. But if you’re buying a router, ensure it has the correct size collet for the 35mm hinge sinking bit – alot of cheap routers have the wrong size, and don’t offer alternative sizes. When cutting the holes, keep a check on the router settings. The centre of the hinge hole needs to be about 22 to 23mm from the edge of the door, and the plunge depth needs to be about 12mm.

Once the door is fitted you can adjust the height of the door by loosening the 2 screws above and below each hinge plate, and moving the door up or down as required.

You can adjust the door left/right with the single screw in the centre of the hinge plate.

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