How to Adjust Cupboard Hinges

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How to Adjust Cupboard Hinges

Cupboard and cabinet doors see a lot of use, and therefore suffer plenty of wear and tear. Over time, cupboard doors are likely to droop, swing and shut improperly. Adjusting the cupboard hinges realigns the cupboard doors. Minor cupboard hinge adjustments are easy to perform and often negate the need for purchasing new cupboards. Before deciding to buy new cupboards or cabinets, it is worth a shot to try to adjust the existing cupboard hinges for a better fit.


Determine the Type of Cupboard Hinge

The first step to adjusting cupboard hinges is to determine the type of hinge to install. Common hinges used in cupboards are frame hinges and frameless hinges. European hinges are an example of frameless cupboard hinges.

The method of adjusting the hinges changes depending on the type of hinge. For example, European hinges offer several adjustment screws. These hinges fit into a cup attached to the plate and mounted inside the cupboard. Such hinges offer adjustment options in six directions. Frame cupboard hinges, on the other hand, mount to a small strip of wood at the front of the cupboard base and offer adjustment options in two directions. In order to adjust any type of hinge, one requires tools such as extra screws and a screwdriver.


Adjusting Frame Cupboard Hinges

Adjusting frame cupboard hinges is a simple task. Using a screwdriver, loosen the screws in the hinges to adjust the cupboard door as needed. Once the cupboard door is in the desired position, tighten the screws to maintain the fit. Such hinges only allow for movement in an upward or downward direction.


Adjusting Frameless Cupboard Hinges

A frameless, or European-style, hinge is common in cupboards. These hinges have four screws that attach to the cupboard base.

Hinge Mounted Screws

Two screws placed at opposite ends mount the hinge to the cupboard. In case the cupboard door is too high or low, undo these screws slightly, realign the cupboard door and then tighten the screws.

Depth Screw

The depth screw is located closest from the back of the cupboard. It allows a person to move the cupboard door inwards and outwards. If the cupboard door sits too deep in the frame or protrudes outside the frame, loosen or tighten this screw to adjust the door's depth placement.

Side Screw

The side screw is located closest to the cupboard door. It adjusts the movement of the door from side to side. If the cupboard door is too far out and does not close, or is too far in and leaves a gap upon closing, loosen or tighten this screw to move the door sideways.

These are the most common scenarios in which hinge adjustment is necessary. However, other circumstances may require attention as well.




Loosening of hinge mounting screws

Squirt glue into hinge holes

Tighten screws into refurbished holes

Ill-fitting screws

Drilling deeper holes

Replace originals with longer screws

Mounting location damaged

Shift hinges to new location where wood is stronger


Depending on the nature of the problem, solutions can be as simple as tightening or loosening screws and as complex as moving the location of the hinge completely. It is advisable to leave a gap of at least 2 mm between doors and end panels.


How to Buy Cupboard Hinges on eBay

Sellers on eBay offer a variety of cupboard hinges. If adjustment or repair of existing cupboard hinges does not work, you may choose to replace the hinges altogether. Instead of running a broad search on cupboard hinges, you can focus on specific ones by typing the name of the hinge in the search bar on any page. For instance, a search for 'self-closing hinges' displays results pertaining to hinges designed to close automatically. Before you make a purchasing decision, review the product features. Armed with the right information, you can easily find the right cupboard hinge to meet your needs.

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