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How to adjust self closing kitchen cabinet hinges

Updated February 21, 2017

Contemporary self-closing cabinet hinges have eliminated the need for clumsy magnetic catches. These hinges have an internal tensioner that applies a gentle pressure to close the door from within a few inches of the cabinet face and hold the door tightly closed. When these changes do not close the door fully, adjustment is a simple procedure that will restore the hinge to its proper setting.

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  1. Open the cabinet door approximately 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 inches) and release the door, allowing it to close. If the door hinges do not pull the door gently against the cabinet face, the hinge tension needs to be increased. If the door closes abruptly or slams against the frame, the hinge tension needs to be decreased.

  2. Increase the hinge tension by opening the door to access the hinge adjustment screws. There are two screws on each hinge, the bracket screw connecting the hinge arm to the cabinet mount and a recessed tension adjustment screw. Use a screwdriver to turn the recessed screw on each hinge clockwise one-quarter turn, then test the door closing to evaluate the adjustment. Repeat as necessary until the door closes and is held closed against the cabinet frame.

  3. Decrease the hinge tension by opening the door, then turning the recessed adjustment screw counter-clockwise one-quarter turn using a screwdriver. Test the door closing to evaluate the adjustment and repeat as necessary until the door closes properly against the cabinet frame.

  4. Tip

    Make certain to adjust the hinges equally on each door to ensure equal pressure from each hinge.

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Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver

About the Author

Paul Massey has been writing since 2009, drawing on a 35-year career in the construction industry. His experience includes 15 years as a general building contractor specializing in architectural design, custom homes, commercial development and historic renovations.

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