How to Align Cupboard Doors

Most of us face the problem of a misaligned cupboard door in the kitchen or that of the vanity cupboard. You may find it difficult to close and open the doors properly. So you may have to make some minor repairs to set the doors right. Before you begin to fix the problem, you have to ensure certain things. This kind of problem is mostly found on wooden cupboard doors, kitchen doors, kitchen cupboards, etc. The problem can be due to various reasons. It can be due to too many years of use or due to the quality of wood or even to the loose hinges used to fix the doors. The greatest advantage is that this is a minor problem, and you can fix it yourself.

Some of the items you may need for fixing the cupboard doors are screwdriver, drill, wooden dowel and torpedo level. First, open the door and evaluate the problems. Sometimes you may find the hinges are in trouble and need to be replaced. Other times, the wood near the hinge can be cracked too. So remove the door with the help of the screwdriver to have a better look at the problem. If you have to replace the hinge you can do it easily. If this is not the problem, look at the holes. They could be striped, and you have to fill them properly.

In order to realign the door by fixing the holes, you have to drill out the holes in larger size. The wooden dowel you have should fit in the hole properly. Apply some glue to the dowel and drive it into the hole. If any part is sticking out you can level it by cutting off the extra part. Sand it well to level it with the surface. After this is done, drill small holes for the screws you need to use. Screw the hinge back on the cupboard and the door to realign it properly.

Misaligned cupboard doors will tend to not close properly...annoying!

After the screws are tightened, check if the door is properly aligned and if you are able to open and close it properly. If you have not got it right, you need to remove the screws once again from the hinges for realigning the door. With the help of your friends, place the door in the right position and then mark holes for the screws. Drill holes again in the newly marked positions. Screw the bottom and top positions of the hinges and check the alignment. If you are able to close and open properly you can complete fixing other hinges too. While working, remember to use all types of protective gear to prevent accidents.



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