Tools Needed

  • Tape Measure
  • Screw Driver

We also recommend a second person to help you with adjustments if necessary.

It’s Now Time for the Adjustment Phase

Instructional Video and Written Instructions for your DIY Cabinet Project

Checking Reveals

First things first, check to make sure the eye level reveals are even. For the Uppers, it’s often the bottom of the cabinets and for the bottom it is usually the countertops.

Take your measuring tape and just check on both sides of the door or double doors that the reveal is the same. If there needs to be some vertical adjustment, loosen the screws of the door that needs to be raised or lowered, adjust, and re-tighten. Then check again to make sure they are now aligned properly.

Touching Doors

If double doors are touching at any part, you will need to adjust the tilt. The way to adjust the tilt is with the front screw on the hinges themselves. Tighten or listen these screws slightly and check often to see how it’s adjusting. Work it slowly until you have the doors are close but not rubbing together at all.

Doors Laying Flush

Tap the corners of the door to make sure they are laying flush. If nothing happens to a corner, it’s good. If there is any give, you will know you need to make an adjustment. The back screws on the hinges adjust the lean of the door on top of the cabinet. If there is give on the bottom, loosen the top hinge back screw slightly. If there is give on the top, loosen the bottom.

Always try loosening instead of tightening first because if it is too tight, the door will not close.

Feather in your screws so you do not strip the wood. 

Finish Up

After all adjustments are done, take a step back and look at the cabinet doors. This will give you perspective of what others will see when looking at your cabinets. If something looks off, adjust accordingly. Repeat these steps with every pair of doors or single cabinet doors you have.

Once all adjustments are done, you can put your final screw into the hinges and finish hanging the doors. Make sure to put the screw in the middle of the base plate so that it does not shift it. If it shifts, you may have to readjust the door accordingly. Recheck all doors to make sure everything is sitting how you want them to before going to the next step.