How to Adjust Kitchen Door Hinges

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How to Adjust Kitchen Door Hinges
Kitchen door hinges can become loose and off balance. (kitchen image by Ritu Jethani from

There are times when your kitchen cabinet doors just don't seem to be hanging right. It could be that repeated opening and closing have loosened the hinges, or gravity has begun to pull them down a little, but when it does happen it is time for an adjustment to get everything back in alignment. Adjusting kitchen door hinges is a relatively simple job, requiring only a screwdriver. The details may vary depending on what type of hinges you have, but it is a job just about anyone can tackle.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Philips screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Determine the correction that needs to be made to the doors and hinges. Are they having trouble closing? Do they look a little off-centre? Are they hanging lower than they should?

  2. 2

    Remove the hinge cover plate, if your hinges have one.

  3. 3

    Loosen the mounting screws on the cupboard portion of the hinge. Unscrew them just enough so that the hinges can move but the door does not droop at all.

  4. 4

    Prop up the door so that it is exactly even with the cabinet opening. Hold it with your hand, or wedge a shim into the opening. Once the door is level, tighten the screws until they are secure.

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