How to Install a False Front Drawer Panel

Updated February 21, 2017

False drawer fronts help keep your cabinetry looking uniform by adding the appearance of a drawer in spaces where a drawer won't fit, such as in front of the sink or cooking range. Homeowners can install a false front drawer panel with a few basic tools. It is important to carefully line up the false drawer front with the cabinet so that it aligns with the rest of the drawer fronts. Install the front from inside the cabinet with a screw in each corner.

Insert a countersink pilot hole bit into a drill. Drill a countersink pilot hole through each of the corners surrounding the drawer front opening in the cabinet from the inside of the cabinet.

Drive one wood screw through each countersink hole in each corner so that the points just stick out from the front of the cabinets using a screw gun

Align the drawer front on the outside of the cabinet and press it in place against the screws hard enough for the points to indent the back side of the panel. Remove the front and lay it face down on a work surface.

Drill a 1/4-inch deep pilot hole into each indented screw mark with a pilot hole bit. Place the drawer front back into position on the cabinet so that the tips of the screws rest inside the pilot holes.

Drive the wood screws into the back of the drawer front with a screw gun. The pilot holes will allow the screws to go into the wood more effectively.


Create a template for the back of the drawer fronts if you need to install several of the same size.


Wear eye protection when operating power tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Countersink pilot hole bit
  • Drill
  • 4 wood screws
  • Screw gun
  • False front drawer panel
  • Pilot hole bit
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