DIY Project in Focus – How to fit a cupboard door

Difficulty – Easy


Duration – Approximately 30mins per door

Installing new cabinet doors in your home is a fairly easy and affordable DIY Project that can be completed in a few easy steps. Whether your cabinet doors are looking run down or are creaking it can be a good way of improving the look of your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or Home Office without spending a large amount of cash.

Selecting and identifying which cabinet doors need replacing.

The first thing you need to do is identify exactly which cabinet doors you are going to be replacing. It is a good idea to renovate all cabinet doors in a particular room in order to improve the look as well as its functionality. However in many cases only one or two doors will actually require renovation. Identifying the appropriate doors is the first job.

After identifying which doors you will be replacing you need to take measurements in order to know how much plywood you will need. The way to measure your cabinet is simple. Measure the width of the cabinet and also its height. You will now have 2 measurements that will determine how much wood you will need, depending on how many doors you will be replacing.

The materials and Tools which you will require

Every DIY job that we take on will require certain tools and materials. You can either buy these tools from your local DIY store or how about asking friends if they have the tools you will need; this is an easy way to save money however purchasing the tools will mean you have a good amount of DIY tools for any task… The tools and materials you will need for this project are as follows:

–          The wood you are using for the door (In this instance im using plywood)

–          A reliable screwdriver

–          Hinge Hole Cutter – 35mm

–          Screws


–          Concealed Hinge

–          Mounting plate

–          Electric Drill – Always a handy tool to have in your tool box

–          Tape Measure

–          A reliable saw

–          Pencil

Cutting your wood too size

I spoke briefly about the measurements of your cabinet door; you will now need these to create your doors. Using the wood that you have bought and a pencil you need to begin creating the door.

Firstly you should mark out your measurements with a pencil on the wood you are going to use, do this faintly in case you need to rub any of it out. Measure the width and the height and mark all the corners of your door appropriately, using a straight edge such as a ruler or a piece of wood attach all four corners to make your cabinet door.

Then using your saw simply cut your cabinet door out and you are ready to attach it to the carcass.

Using concealed hinges

When it comes to replacing or renovating kitchen cabinet doors you will need new concealed hinges. This hinge is perfect for the job as it remains hidden inside the cupboard. Your hinge will come in two separate parts, the hinge itself and the mounting plate. You will attach your hinge to the cupboard door and the mounting plate to the carcass.

The hinge simply slides onto the mounting plate to connect and allow the mechanism to work correctly. There are many different kitchen hinges to choose from across the UK they are as follows:

–          Full Overlay Concealed Hinges

–          Half Overlay Concealed Hinges

–          Inset Concealed Hinges

–          Bi Fold and 170° Concealed Hinges

If you require your cupboard door to sit inset within the carcass frame then you would choose the inset concealed hinge. However the most common hinge to use and the one that I would advise you use for this project is the Full Overlay Concealed Hinge. It is the cheapest option and is commonly found in flat pack furniture. This hinge will hide the carcass fully when shut.

This hinge will pull the edge of the cupboard door to the carcass when shut; while also allowing it to open freely. This hinge traditionally has 3 adjustment screws allowing it to be fine-tuned ensuring your cupboard door is plumb.

Fitting the Full overlay concealed hinge

The first thing you need to do is drill your door, you will require a hinge hole cutter in order to get the correct sizing for a 35mm hinge hole. Measure in 21.5mm from the edge of the door and this is where the centre of your cup hole will be – leaving 4mm from the edge to the door. Next of all the hole will need to be 12mm deep for the hinge cup to sit flush.#


The next job is to fit the mounting plate to the cupboard carcass. For your full overlay hinge application the mounting plate should be 37mm in from the front edge of your cabinet side. The vertical centres between the 2 plate’s holes are 32mm.

Attaching your hinge to the mounting plate – and your door to the carcass

Your hinge will either be slide on or clip on. If you have purchased a clip on concealed hinge then you will need to simply line the hinge up with the mounting plate, and push it into place. It will clip once it is connected. Do this with all of your hinges on the door. It may be a good idea to line them all up appropriately before clipping any on.

If you have bought slide on hinges you will have to place the hinge on top of the mounting plate before securing it with the screw on top. Again it is worthwhile doing this with all the hinges before securing them.

Adjusting vertically, horizontally and lateral


Sometimes your door will not line up with the carcass or other doors in your kitchen. You will have vertical adjustment which enables you to move the door up and down by +/-2mm in order to line it up at the top – there will be a screw on your hinge which will allow you to do this.

For horizontal adjustment you can move the door using the hinge, this can allow you to move the door in and out. The door will align with the other doors or the carcass. There will be a screw on the hinge which will allow you to do so.

You also have lateral adjustment which allows you to angle the door slightly by +/-2mm in order to align your door with other doors in the room. You will again find a screw on the hinge to adjust this.

Your door will now be connected to the cupboard.

Adding kitchen cupboard handles

To finish your DIY project of replacing and renovating your kitchen cabinet door you may want to add a new kitchen handle. Check out our range of Handles that we supply on the Eurofit Direct Website.

Written by Ryan Hirst

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