Again, if you still aren’t confident with the accuracy of your measurements, add Happy Care to your order. It’ll take away the worry of measuring with the peace of mind that we will send you a free of charge replacement.
4. The hinges themselves
This part isn’t mandatory, but it’s something definitely worth considering. Soft-close hinges are well worth the extra penny in my eyes. Here are just a few benefits of making the upgrade.
If your cabinet door is slammed shut, the soft-close hinges take the force of the impact, and this means your cabinets will live a lot longer and you won’t have to pay out for a new cabinet (a lot more expensive than some soft-close hinges).
No more loud noises
With the soft-close hinges creating a slower contact speed, almost all of the sound that used to be generated when a door is shut will be lost. So, with soft-close hinges, you can silently raid kitchen cupboards for food late at night.
Apart from the practical benefits, soft-close hinges are a great addition to any kitchen wanting that touch of luxury.
5. Fitting the doors
Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an expert in DIY to fit some new doors to your kitchen cabinets. It’s just a case of taking the current doors off (usually you just have to unclip the hinge from the hinge plate and the door will come away).
If you’re upgrading the hinges, remove the hinge plate from the unit and replace with the new hinge plates. This shouldn’t be too time consuming.
Then, screw the hinge to your new door. Bear in mind that the two screw holes won’t be pre-drilled like the hinge holes, so line the holes up, making sure they are square with the side of the door and pre-drill the holes. Then simply screw the hinges in place.
The next step is to screw the handles on, make sure you drill from the front through to the back of the door. I recommend purchasing one of our handle drilling jigs for this part, it means you’ll be more accurate, and the job will be done much quicker. You’ll be thanking me if you have a lot of handles to fit.
Once the handles are on, clip the hinges into the new hinge plates and they’re on! After you’ve fit a run of doors, square them all up and adjust the hinges to create even gaps between each door and the cabinet itself.
Once you are happy the doors are correctly in place, put the plinth, end panels and cornice and pelmets in place. These finishing touches can take a while to fit, but once you see the end result, you’ll be amazed.
You can hopefully now see that fitting replacement kitchen doors isn’t as daunting as you might have imagined. If you have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch, we’d be happy to help.