How To Install New Hardware on Kitchen Cabinets

How To Install New Hardware on Kitchen Cabinets

Eventually, you might feel the itch to give your kitchen cabinets an upgrade. While a fresh coat of paint or stain can make for a dramatic improvement, replacing your kitchen hardware can be another great way to give your kitchen a new look.

By updating your existing cabinets, you can save a lot of money—and time. Luckily, installing new cabinet handles, knobs, and pulls is relatively easy to accomplish on the weekend. Learn how to install new hardware on kitchen cabinets to make them look new.


Before you begin the project, be sure you have the necessary tools. You’ll need:

  • Measuring tape
  • A screwdriver set
  • Wood filler
  • Power drill
  • Drill bits
  • New cabinet hardware

Remove the Old Handles

Once you’re sure you have the necessary equipment, you can start! With a screwdriver, remove the screws holding the old hardware in place. You’ll find them on the back of the door.

After you’ve removed the screws, be sure to measure where the holes currently sit, including the distance between them and their relation to the edge of the cabinet door. Is the space the same as your new hardware?

If so, congratulations! You can drill and attach the new hardware. If the new holes don’t match up, you’ll need to patch the holes with a wood filler and create new ones.

Mark Locations

If you’re creating new holes, you’ll have to take a few more steps:

  • Cabinet pulls are usually two to three inches from the edge of the door. Measure and mark this spot. Also, if your cabinets have stiles (framing), be sure to center the new hole within the frame.
  • This marked spot is where you’ll drill for a knob; if you’re installing a handle with two fastening screws, the location will be in the middle of the handle. Measure accordingly.
  • To avoid measuring every cabinet door, create a template with cardboard. Pretend the cardboard is the cabinet door, and mark the screw holes accordingly. Line up the template with the other cabinet doors. Push a nail or screw through the template to start the holes.

Drilling and Installing

Now, it’s time for the fun part: drilling! Typically, cabinet screws need a 3/16” diameter, but check the new hardware’s instructions to see which drill size you need. Not sure? Do a test run on scrap wood.

Also, be sure to drill with the door open to avoid drilling through other parts of the cabinet. Install the knobs or pulls, but be sure not to over-tighten the new hardware. Doing so can crack the cabinet.

And now that you know how to install new hardware on kitchen cabinets, all you need is to do is pick out the perfect pulls! Do you need new hardware for your next kitchen remodel? You can find kitchen cabinet hinges for sale at The Craft Supply!