How to Install Knobs and Pulls on a Cabinet Door

Updating the hardware on your cabinet doors can transform your space and brings new life to your cabinetry. Overall, it’s a quick and easy project to take on over the weekend or even after dinner on a busy weeknight. Depending on the size of your space, you should be able to complete an entire kitchen within an hour. Follow these easy steps to learn how to install cabinet knobs and pulls on a cabinet door.

Placement

Before you start marking and drilling, determine where on the cabinet door you’d like them.

Most people place knobs between 2 ½” and 3” from the corner of the door that’s furthest away from the hinge. That’s typically where the bottom of the cabinet pull would also start. However, it’s completely up to you – moving it up, down, left, or right can make a statement within a kitchen or bathroom.

 

Mark The Holes

Once you have placement in mind, it’s time to mark holes for drilling. The easiest way to do this is to use our Align Right Template. (If you’re using the Align Right Template, continue following the steps in this tutorial)

If you’re not using the Align Right Template, the best thing to do would be to make your own using paper, cardboard, or wood to make sure that all of the holes are marked at the same location.

Once you have the template lined up, take a pencil and mark the holes.

Drill holes for the Hardware

Remove the template from the cabinet door. Using a 3/16” drill bit, drill holes through the door. If you’re using our Align Right Template, it also comes with this drill bit for easy installation. NOTE: Do not drill directly through the template.

SCREW IN THE KNOBS AND PULLS

Place the knob on the front of the cabinet over the hole. From the back, twist in the mounting screw until tight. You can also secure the screw using a Phillips Head screwdriver if it’s easier on your hands. You’ll know it’s complete when you can’t turn the screw any further and the screw head is flush with the backside of the cabinet door.

LOOSE CABINET KNOBS AND PULLS?

Chances are you’re touching your cabinet knobs and pulls many times a day. From searching the spice cupboard to grabbing plates for dinner to searching high and low for double-sided tape in the junk drawer that everyone has, we are constantly opening and closing cabinets and drawers throughout the entire house. It’s only a matter of time before that everyday use catches up to our lovely cabinet hardware and they begin to loosen up. It’s completely normal and a quick fix.

When it comes to home repairs, fixing a cabinet knob or pull that’s come loose is one of the easiest jobs out there. So, no need to worry or procrastinate, you can get it done in a matter of minutes and it’ll be like brand new.

The tools needed are simple – your hands and a screwdriver (a Phillips Head for all the products we sell). Open the cabinet or drawer that has the loose hardware. From the inside, hold the mounting screw tight with one hand. Using the other hand, tighten the knob back in place using the screwdriver. If you have a pull that’s loose, we suggest tightening both screws just in case.

Luckily with this repair, fixing the issue will take you only a few minutes to go through and check all of your cabinets and drawers.

There might be times where you need to completely replace a knob or pull – anyone else have a kid that likes to paint things or a dog going through that puppy chewing phase? We’ve all been there! Replacing a damaged cabinet knob or pull is as simple as removing the old one, purchasing a replacement and screwing that back into the same hole.