How to install drawer handles on cabinetry

How to install drawer handles on cabinetry

Have you ever drilled holes in drawers to attach your gorgeous new handles and then realise that the holes are in the wrong place and your perfectionism just can't handle it??   You thought it all looked great, but once the drawers are in, it's a mess that you can't fix?? 

Well, friends, I'm about to show you something mind blowing!!!

This will change the way you measure out the holes FOREVER..... be sure to watch the Youtube clip linked to this blog - it's a game changer. 

Here's a general step-by-step guide on how to attach drawer handles to cabinetry:

Supplies You'll Need:

  • Drawer handles
  • Screws 
  • Screwdriver or drill
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Level (optional, but recommended)
  • Painter's tape (for marking)

Measuring holes for drawer handles in cabinetry

Step-by-Step Guide:

  1. Measure and Mark: Lay masking tape or painters tape on all 4 corner edges of the drawer and also the middle. Then, go to Step 2. This is where the goodness is at.....

  2. The most important step - Watch this Youtube clip -  You'll never get misalligned drawer handles ever again - here is is !!  Youtube clip by Doing Whatever. 

  3. Prepare the Screws: If the screws provided with the handles are too long for your cabinet doors or drawers, you might need to trim them down to an appropriate length. Measure the thickness of your cabinet doors or drawers and use pliers or wire cutters to shorten the screws if necessary. Make sure the screws are an appropriate length to secure the handles without poking through the other side.

  4. Drill Pilot Holes (if necessary): Some handles might require you to drill pilot holes to make screwing in the screws easier and to prevent splitting of the wood. Use a drill bit that's slightly smaller than the diameter of the screws. Drill the pilot holes at the marked spots.

  5. Attach the Handles: Hold the handle against the cabinet door or drawer, aligning the holes in the handle plate with the pilot holes or marks you made. Insert the screws through the back of the handle plate and into the holes. If you're using a drill, set it to a low torque setting to avoid over-tightening and damaging the handles or cabinetry. If you're using a screwdriver, tighten the screws until the handles are securely attached.

  6. Check Alignment: After attaching a few handles, step back and check if they are level and aligned properly. Adjust the placement if needed. This step is crucial to ensure a consistent and professional look.

  7. Complete the Installation: Attach the rest of the handles following the same process. Make sure to tighten the screws securely but without excessive force.

  8. Clean Up: Once all the handles are attached, give your cabinets a final wipe down to remove any fingerprints, dust, or smudges that might have accumulated during the installation


You're welcome. 

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