How to Fit Kitchen Door Hinges

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How to Fit Kitchen Door Hinges
(kitchen image by Rich Johnson from

Installing new kitchen cabinet door hinges can spruce up old or rusty, outdated hardware. One of the most common types of door hinges is a mortise hinge. A slight indentation is cut in the door to install this hinge. It is possible to install a kitchen door hinge with a few basic materials without needing to hire a professional to do the job.

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Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Cabinet door hinges
  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Measuring tape
  • Hand Drill

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  1. 1

    Determine the desired location of the hinges on the cabinet door. Hold each hinge against the door and mark the perimeter with a pencil. Check that each hinge is level with a measuring tape or other straight edge.

  2. 2

    Cut the mortise or indentation with a chisel and hammer. The mortise should be the same depth as the hinge. Repeat the first two steps for each hinge.

  3. 3

    Draw a mark for the position of the screw for each hinge. Create pilot holes in the cabinet door with a hand drill for the screws. Install the screws with a drill.

  4. 4

    Hold the cabinet door in place over the cabinet opening. Mark the perimeter of each hinge leaf on the cabinet frame with a pencil. Cut the mortise with the chisel and hammer as you did on the cabinet door.

  5. 5

    Draw marks with a pencil for the location of the screw on the mortise locations on the cabinet frame. Create pilot holes with a hand drill. Install the screws and hinges with a drill on the marks you drew.

  6. 6

    Test the cabinet door to make sure it works correctly.

Tips and warnings

  • Cut slowly with the chisel so you do not splinter the wood.

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