Transform the appearance of your furniture or cabinetry swiftly and effortlessly by replacing outdated hardware with fresh options. This comprehensive guide will lead you through the process of executing a seamless swap of your existing hardware for something new and fresh. Discover how to install cabinet hardware effortlessly with our step-by-step instructions.
Note: adhere to the manufacturer's installation and safety guidelines for your project. If things become too complex, don't hesitate to seek professional assistance. While our guide and support are available, remember that ensuring safety is ultimately your responsibility.
Purchasing New Cabinet Hardware
If you haven't yet purchased your new cabinet hardware, we encourage you to get inspired by the various styles and finishes we offer here.
We recommend buying from one of our retailers online or at a showroom near you. All of our product is made from 100% solid brass, which means it high quality, durable, and feels premium.
Length of Time to Install Hardware
The whole project should not take more than 1 hour depending on if you have the right tools and need to gather them from around the house or purchase them from a nearby hardware store.
Tools Needed to Install Hardware
You will need the following tools.
- Tape Measure
- Screw Driver
- Cabinet Knobs and/or Pulls
Measure the Depth of Your Material
Once you've purchased your new cabinet hardware you need to ensure you have the proper screws for where you want your hardware to live. This might be a cabinet, dresser, or other piece of furniture.
First, grab your measuring tape and measure the total depth of the door or drawer panel where you will be putting you cabinet hardware. In order, to get the total length of the screw you will need, add 1/4 inch to the total depth you measured.
Determine if You Have the Right Size Screw
Second, let's compare the size of your screws. In most cases, the cabinet hardware you've purchase should contain a screw that will work with your hardware. If that screw is the right size then you are good to go. However, if that isn't the right size you may want to purchase the right size from your local hardwood store OR if you've purchased your hardware from Hapny Home we would have also provided you a breakaway screw, which can be broken with pliers to be the correct size for whatever length is needed. If the exact length of your breakaway screw is between breaks then we recommend breaking at the point that is closest to the the head (top) of the screw. Shorter is better than longer in this example and will keep your hardware aligned and securely tight better than a longer screw.
Once, you've completed the above you are ready to move on to the next step.
Removing Your Old Cabinet Hardware
When removing your hold cabinet hardware it's important to use a screwdriver and not an electric screwdriver or a drill. This is because it's quite easy to strip screws for pre-existing hardware or damage the thread of either the screw or the thread inside of the cabinet hardware. This could result in hardware that gets stuck or that is no longer usable if you are hoping to sell or reuse your pre-existing cabinet hardware.
Unscrew all screws from the proper side after inserting your screwdriver. Twist the screwdriver while holding the hardware steady on the opposite side of the surface with your hand.
Install Your New Cabinet Hardware
You are finally at the end of the process. You can now get to screwing in your cabinet hardware and enjoying the final result. Take your new cabinet hardware and hold it on one side of the surface while holding your screw on the other side. Hold the cabinet hardware steady while inserting the screw with your hand and twisting slowly just to get it started.
Once you have it started, grab your screwdriver and screw in the screw until it's tight while holding your cabinet knob or cabinet pull steady.
Note: Avoid over tightening your screws. You do not need to be exerting so much force into this part of the process. In fact over tightening your screw can cause splintering and/or cause damage to your cabinets.
Your Old Hardware
We recommend saving your hardware in case you have enough DIY project or donating it to a second hand store such as Goodwill.
Submit Your Design!
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