How to Hang Cupboard Doors

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether you have removed your cupboard doors to refinish them or are ready to install replacements, you should understand the process of hanging cupboard doors before you get started. Preparation of the doors and cabinet is essential when hanging cupboard doors. The extra preparation time will result in an efficient and functional installation.

Measure 2 inches in from the top and bottom edges on the hinge side of each door. Mark the measurement with a pencil.

Align the hinges on the back of the hinge side of the doors. The outside ends of the hinges should be on the pencil marks. Mark the holes in the hinges.

Drill a pilot hole 1/4 inch deep into the centre of each mark you made in Step 2, using a drill and a pilot hole bit. Drive the provided screws through the hinges and holes into the cupboard doors with a screwdriver.

Position the door in place on the cabinet. Open the door and align the hinges against the cabinet frame. Mark the screw holes in the cabinet side of the hinges for each door panel.

Drill a 1/4 inch deep pilot hole in each mark you made in Step 4.

Align the cabinet side of each hinge in place and drive the provided screws into the cabinet frame to fasten each door to the cupboard.


Consider replacing your cabinet hardware when updating your cupboards.


Wear eye protection when operating power tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Cupboard doors
  • Pencil
  • Hinge sets, with screws
  • Drill
  • Pilot hole bit
  • Screwdriver
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Jonah Morrissey has been writing for print and online publications since 2000. He began his career as a staff reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York. Morrissey specializes in topics related to home-and-garden projects, green living and small business. He graduated from Saint Michael's College, earning a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications.