How to Install Magnetic Cabinet Catches

Written by lucosi fuller
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Magnetic cabinet catches provide resistance to cabinets doors so they don't swing freely when you open and close them and so small children can't easily open the doors and get into cleaning supplies. They're not difficult to install, and it only takes a few minutes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Magnetic cabinet catch kit, one for each cabinet
  • Power drill with a cross-head drill bit

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  1. 1

    Mark the spot inside the cabinet where you will put the magnetic side of the cabinet catch. You should mark the spot at the top or bottom corner that is opposite the hinges.

  2. 2

    Close the cabinet door and mark where it touches the mark you already made. Once the spots are lined up, you're ready to install the magnetic cabinet catches.

  3. 3

    Center the magnetic side of the catch over or under (depending on whether you put the mark, at the top or the bottom of the cabinet ) the mark inside the cabinet, and hold it in place with one hand while you start a cross-head screw into it with the other.

  4. 4

    Use the power drill (set at a very low torque so you won't strip the wood of the cabinet) to drill the screw into the catch and secure it to the cabinet.

  5. 5

    Center the flat, metal nonmagnetic side of the catch on the mark you made on the cabinet door, hold it in place while you start a screw into it and drill it into the door. Once you've attached both pieces of the magnetic catch, close the door and make sure the pieces are lined up and the door resists being opened. If there's resistance, you've successfully installed the first magnetic catch. Repeat each step for every cabinet door.

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