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How to adjust Kitchen Cupboard Door hinges

Over time your kitchen doors can become a bit ‘saggy’. People often assume that this is because the hinges have worn out. However this is seldom the case and more often it’s simply that the hinges need adjusting – which is quick and easy to do, if you follow these few simple steps.

Hinge Adjustment Screws

Side to side adjustment

This is the most common adjustment required

Use screw 1 to adjust the doors from side to side.

Turning the screw in a clockwise direction moves the door closer to the edge of the cabinet.

You can adjust both the top and bottom hinge to move the doors closer together or further apart.

Vertical adjustment

If you loosen screws 2 & 4 the hinge backplate can be moved up or downwards.

It’s worth remembering though that with these two screws loosened that the door may drop slightly, therefore it’s worth supporting the weight of the door while you carry out this adjustment.

Front to back adjustment

You can adjust the gap between the back of the door and the cabinet by adjusting screw 3.

What this does is to physically move the door forwards or backwards, enabling you to get an even gap, down the whole length of the door.

Having this gap too small is the most common cause of kitchen doors not closing fully – whereby the back of the door binds on the cabinet, preventing it from closing properly.

Increasing the gap slightly should prevent this.

You can see a video on how to adjust kitchen door hinges and you will also find a whole range of handy tips on how to make your kitchen last longer, or look like new with replacement kitchen doors here.