Readers ask: How To Adjust Kitchen Cabinet Door Hinges?

What causes cabinet doors to not close?

Often, the problem is that the rear adjustment screw has come loose, which makes the door sit askance. The front adjustment screw controls the distance between the hinge and the side of the cabinet. When this distance is too great, the cabinet door won’t close because it’s tilted.

Why are my cabinet doors crooked?

Cabinets doors can become crooked for many different reasons. Sometimes it is just time and wear and tear that throw them out of alignment. Sometimes it is just a less than detail oriented installer that is at fault. Or, maybe you just built your own shaker doors and need to hang them straight.

How do you adjust old cabinet hinges?

Adjusting Old Cabinet Door Hinges

  1. Step One: Identify the Problem. Open and close the cabinet door.
  2. Step Two: Tighten and Adjust. To tighten a screw, turn your screwdriver clockwise.
  3. Step Three: Check for Proper Alignment and Tension. Close the doors.
  4. Step Four: Continue Adjusting Screws as Needed.

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