How to Install Recessed Furniture Hardware

So you got all the new recessed hardware for your kitchen cabinets but you do not have a clue how to install them. You need an upgrade in the kitchen but could not afford to buy brand new cabinets. The good news is that installing the hinges and pulls is incredibly easy to do and only takes a few short steps. With these few steps, your new recessed hardware looks as if a contractor came to install them instead of it being a do it yourself project.

Installing new recessed hardware on your cabinets can be a fun and easy way to get new looking cabinets without paying the price for brand new ones. The best part is that learning how to install recessed hardware is not much different than installing any other type of hardware. You just need a few tools to get the job done. The rest is just having someone to help you hold them while you install the new hardware.

1. Tools Needed – In order to do the recessed hardware replacement, you need to have a few tools available. You may also need a friend to help remove the cabinet doors if you cannot lift them on your own. The tools needed are:

Screwdriver
Wrench
Drill
Tape Measure
Sandpaper if Needed

2. Remove Old Hardware – You need to remove the old hardware before installing the new recessed hardware. Using the screwdriver, carefully remove any screws that are holding the pulls or handles on. Starting with the bottom hinge, remove those screws as well. Do the same with the top ones. Keep in mind that the doors are coming off so you need have someone there to help you hold the cabinet door if you cannot do it yourself.

3. Clean Up Doors – If there are any rough edges on the wood they need to be sanded down before installing the new hardware. This makes for a better fit when the new hardware is installed. The new hardware needs to be flush and if there are any high spots on the cabinets they can look bad.

4. Install New Hinges – After cleaning up the doors, you need to install the new hinges. Use the tape measure and make sure the new hinges have the same hole configuration as the ones that were removed. If they do not, use the drill to make new holes for the new hinges. While the doors are still off the cabinets, put the new hinges onto the cabinet doors. Have your helper hold them up to the cabinets and attach the other side of the hinges to the cabinets. Do the top first and then the bottom.

Door Furniture – A Tradesmen Guide

Handles:
Various handles are available in the market, ranging from traditional Georgian style handles to lever on back plate and lever on rose handles. Lever on back plate handles may be either traditional e.g. Georgian and Victorian, or modern contemporary. Levers on the rose handles may also be traditional or modern, with finishing ranging from polished chrome or brass and satin chrome or nickel. Antique or Georgian style door handles are another way to go when picking a handle. Popular door handle brands include Jedo, Urfic, Stylo, Elite and Yale. Antique black or Georgian style door handles have also proved popular.

Hinges:
A hinge usually holds one edge of the door to the frame. Hinges available in the market include parliament and washered hinges. Various sizes of hinges are also available ranging form 76x51mm to 102x127mm. Packs of door hinges contain either 1-4 pairs or 5+ pairs.

Latches:
A latch allows a door to be fastened internally without requiring an external handle. A latch may be tubular, flat, a roller bolt catch or double sprung in brass, polished brass electro brass and Satin nickel or chrome. The average door latch is 63mm to 76mm.

Door Closers:
A closer is a mechanical device for closing an open door. Overhead door closers are the most common in the market. Popular brands include Eclipse, Dorgard and Briton. They are available in packs of 1, 1-4 and 5+.

Door stops:
A door stop prevents the door from opening too far or hitting other objects. The various styles available include conical, oval, wedge, dome and projection door stops. They are available in PVC, polished, electro and plain brass, bright, matt and satin chrome.

Door security:
Security products include insurance rated locks, rim locks, night latches, door chains, door bolts and Euro locks. Door bolts may be sprung or flush door bolts available in polished chrome or brass, stainless satin or brass satin. Door chains are useful in restricting access when the door is opened. Euro locks may include cylinders, sashes and dead bolts. Yale night latches are pretty popular and they come in packs of 1-4 and 5+.

Escutcheons:
This refers to a decorative plate that surrounds the key hole. Popular brands of escutcheons include standard key way, Jedo and Euro. They are available in satin and polished chrome, polished stainless steel, polished aluminium and black nickel. Their size ranges from 32 mm to 52 mm. They are available in packs of 1-4 and 5+.

Door hardware also includes letter boxes and numerals. Letter boxes are also known as mail slots. They are available in a variety of colours including gold, silver, white, polished brass or chrome and black. Numerals may be single, double or triple back plate. They are usually bought in packs of 1. When buying any type of door hardware, the buyer will definitely be spoilt for choice.