How to Adjust a Screw-Operated Hinge

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How to Adjust a Screw-Operated Hinge
Screw-operated hinges are adjustable in all directions. (high definition tv cabinet image by James Phelps from

Screw-operated hinges are fully adjustable on cabinet doors. This type of hinge is designed to remain on the door while you make adjustments in height and depth. Standard hinges require removal from the door to reposition them for adjustments, which leaves extra screw holes in cabinet doors and interiors.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver

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    Depth Adjustment

  1. 1

    Loosen the screw in the middle of the hinge farthest from the edge of the cabinet door, using a Phillips screwdriver. Turn the screw counterclockwise partially. Do not remove the screw entirely.

  2. 2

    Push the cabinet door farther into the cabinet to adjust it inward.

  3. 3

    Pull the cabinet door out from the cabinet to move it outward.

  4. 4

    Tighten the Phillips screw with a screwdriver, turning counterclockwise.

    Height Adjustment

  1. 1

    Turn the top and bottom Phillips screws counterclockwise on the adjustable hinge so that the hinge will move.

  2. 2

    Slide the hinge upward or downward so that it will shut against the strike plate on the cabinet and remain closed.

  3. 3

    Turn the screws counterclockwise to tighten them to hold the hinge onto the cabinet door securely.

    Horizontal Adjustment

  1. 1

    Turn the horizontal adjustment screw to move the hinge left or right with a Phillips screwdriver. The horizontal adjustment screw is in the centre of the hinge closest to the edge of the cabinet door.

  2. 2

    Turn the screw counterclockwise to move the door right on a right-side door hinge. Turn the screw clockwise to move the door left on a right-side door hinge.

  3. 3

    Turn the screw counterclockwise to move the door left on a left-side door hinge and clockwise to move the door right on a left-side door hinge.

Tips and warnings

  • The depth adjustment of a screw-operated hinge will align the cabinet doors closer to the cabinet or farther away so that all cabinet doors protrude from the cabinet equally. This method is helpful on European cabinet doors that are faceless where the door does not rest on the cabinet frame.
  • Use small incremental turns of all adjustment screws in a hinge to position the cabinet doors correctly.
  • Adjust both hinges on a door to move the entire door horizontally. Adjust only one hinge on a door to change the angle of a door and move either the top or bottom left or right to make the door straight.
  • If the Phillips screws are stripped and do not hold the hinge firmly onto the door, replace with new screws. Stripped screws result in sagging, crooked cabinet doors.

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