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How do Cabinet Doors Get Loose?

Cabinet doors are opened and closed daily as you grab dishes, glasses, and food, which can eventually lead to them becoming loose and sag.

When your cabinet doors no longer close as they used to, it’s time to figure out how to adjust the cabinet hinges back to their original functionality. Before you can do that, you need to determine why the cabinet doors are loose.

Common Ways Your Cabinet Doors Can Become Loose

One way they can become loose is the hinge screws on the cabinet, and the door can loosen over time. In other cases, the hinge holes can become stripped, making them too big for the screws. Additionally, the cabinet door may be too heavy for the current hardware, causing it to sag or become loose. It may also be that you are putting too much of your weight on the cabinet door while it is open.

How Can I Repair Loose Cabinet Hinges?

To repair loose cabinet hinges, you need to start by opening the cabinet door and then use a screwdriver to tighten and adjust the screws that hold the hinges on.

Close the cabinet door to check the alignment and tension of the hinges. You may need to continue adjusting the screw on the cabinet and the door until it is tightened and closes correctly.

What Do I Do If The Cabinet Door is Sagging?

If your cabinet door is sagging, you may need to replace the current hardware with new hinges that can fully support the weight of the cabinet door.

After you have put the cabinet doors back on, you need to keep the hinges clean and the screws tight for the best performance. Avoid aggressively opening your cabinet doors or putting weight on the hinges while you are looking inside.

What Can I Do If the Hinge Holes are Stripped?

If the holes are stripped, you will first need to remove the hinges from your cabinet. Take wooden toothpicks and dip them in wood glue. Stuff these toothpicks into the holes. Be sure to stuff the holes with as many toothpicks as you can.

Once the holes are filled with toothpicks, break off the excess toothpicks to make them flush with the cabinet. Allow the glue to dry, and then reattach the door and screw the hardware back in.

You can also replace just the kitchen cabinet doors! Or get your cabinets refaced!

Looking for a Way to Refresh Your Cabinets? We Can Help!

At Desirable Kitchens and Refacing, we can reface your cabinets and give them new life! Our experienced team will work with you to learn your style and goals and help you refresh your cabinets without the need to replace them! Contact us today to learn more!

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James Zoppetti