How to Adjust Kitchen Cabinets

Updated February 21, 2017

Sprucing up the kitchen with new doors is a cheaper option than replacing the cabinets completely. You may notice the new cabinet doors hang at an odd angle or they will not close properly. The doors need adjustment if this is the case. They will not need to be removed and you will not need any special tools or equipment to carry out this procedure, which will only take a few moments to complete.

Open a door and locate the screws on the outside of the hinge brackets.

Loosen the screws holding the hinge bracket to the interior of the cabinet with a Phillips-head screwdriver, turning the heads in a counterclockwise direction. Slide the door up or down to the required position. Re-tighten the screws once the door is flush with the top and bottom of the cabinet.

Turn the screws on the hinge bracket attached to the inside of the door to move the door left or right. The door will move slightly as the screws are adjusted in either direction. Continue to tighten or loosen the screws until the door is flush with the side edges of the cabinet frame.

Repeat steps to adjust additional kitchen cabinets.


Do not attempt to force a kitchen-cabinet door closed, as this action may damage the hinges and cause splits in the surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
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