How to Fit Kitchen Hinges

Kitchen cabinets provide essential storage space in modern homes. Thanks to advances in cabinet construction, newer houses feature cabinets with adjustable hinges that can be replaced easily if they become damaged. The do-it-yourself homeowner can fit a kitchen cabinet door for new hinges with a jig and a special drill bit.

Place the cabinet door face down on a work surface.

Measure from each end of the door to the centre of the hinge location using a tape measure. Mark this location with a pencil on the door. Refer to the directions that came with the hinges for the correct placement of the hinge for the length of the door you are working on.

Use the European hinge jig to to ensure hinge alignment. The hinge jig has three small holes that act as a drill guide. It has a lip that is set against the edge of the door so that the holes you drill will be in the correct location. Drill the centre hole of the jig with a 35mm Forstner drill bit to the depth specified in the instructions. This is normally 1/2-inch to 5/8-inch deep.

Pre-drill the other two holes for the screws to secure the hinge to the door. Use the bit specified in the instructions to a depth of 1/4-inch.

Tap the European hinge into the 35mm hole in the door using a rubber mallet so you do not damage the hinge. Twist the hinge so that it is aligned with the screw holes.

Screw the hinge in place with a Phillips screwdriver. There are two screws for each hinge that will secure the hinge to the door.

Measure and mark the location for the bottom hinge on the face frame of the cabinet. This will normally be 1/2 an inch less than the dimension used on the door. Refer to the hinge instructions for the correct overlay.

Pre-drill the other side of the hinge into the side of the face frame. Use the jig to identify the location for the screws.

Attach the second half of the hinge to the face frame with the screws and the Phillips screwdriver.

Connect the two parts of the lower hinges together on the face frame and the upper hinge of the cabinet door.

Hold the upper hinge against the face frame and screw it into position using the Phillips screwdriver.

Adjust the hinges as needed following the manufacturer's instructions.


Wear safety glasses when using power tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Hinge jig
  • Drill
  • Forstner drill bit, 35mm
  • Rubber mallet
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • European cabinet hinge
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About the Author

Jim Wildman served in the United States Marine Corps as a Communication Chief for 10 years. After his tour of duty in Desert Storm he attended Oklahoma State University receiving his Bachelor of Architecture. He worked as an architect for 10 years before starting his own design/build company. He began writing in 2009 for Demand Studios and published on eHow.