How to Install Kitchen Knobs

by Kaye Morris

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Things You Need:

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Drill
  • Scrap wood
  • Cabinet knobs
  • Drawer pulls
  • Screwdriver
  • Clamp

Many homebuilders install kitchen cabinets without hardware, giving homeowners a chance to choose their own knobs and drawer pulls. Hardware can transform cabinets, adding style and function. Cabinet hardware is available in almost any design, material, or color you can imagine, making it possible to find the perfect knobs for your kitchen. Installing kitchen knobs requires accuracy, patience, and a couple of tools, but it's not a job that requires a professional.

Installing Kitchen Knobs:

  1. Measure for the cabinet doors: For cabinet hardware, choose a location for the knobs on the doors and mark one door with a pencil at the selected location. Do not place the knobs too close to the edge of the door, or the wood may splinter when you drill the holes. Measure from the edge of the door to the marked spot and the bottom of the door to the marked spot, and make a note of both measurements. Measure the remaining doors for knob placement using the measurements noted from the first door. Mark the location of each knob with a pencil.

  2. Measure for the drawers: For kitchen drawer pulls, measure the length across a kitchen drawer and make a pencil mark at the center. Measure from top to bottom on the drawer at the center mark and make a mark for the center of the height. Repeat this process for each drawer to ensure you mark the drawer at the exact center regardless of the size of the drawer.

  3. Drill the holes: Use a power drill and a drill bit the same size as the screws that will be used to attach the knobs. Drill through the front of the drawer or door to the back. To prevent splintering, have a helper hold a piece of scrap wood against the inside of the door or drawer. Make sure the helper keeps the door steady to prevent slipping with the drill. If you do not have a helper, use a clamp to hold the scrap wood in place.

  4. Install knobs and pulls: Insert the knob screws through the back of the drawers and doors, and twist the knobs around them. Hand-tighten the knobs so that they do not move easily, but avoid over-tightening. If you over-tighten the knobs, you could strip the threads.

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