Nov 7, 2009
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How to Install Cabinet Door Knobs


There’s a quick and easy way to make your kitchen cabinets look new. Replace the cabinet door knobs. A new set of door fasteners is a quick easy fix to bring new life to any kitchen. So without further ado here’s how to install cabinet door knobs.

The first thing to do is to go out to the store and find some new hardware. Be sure to bring an old door knob with you. By bringing the old door knob you can match the screw holes up. This will save you from having to drill new holes and then find hardware that will cover the holes already in the cabinets.

Now that you have a whole big bag full of door knobs head back into the house and grab a screwdriver. If you picked out knobs that match the same hole pattern it’s just a simple matter of inserting the screws and you’re done. If any of the holes have stripped out just squirt a little bit of wood glue into the hole, let it dry then run the screw through it again.

If however you went with a slightly different style it’s going to take a little bit more work to make sure all the doorknobs line up evenly.

Place the new knob on the cabinet door and move it around until the old screw holes are covered.

Use a pencil to mark through the hardware and mark the door.

While measuring the hole offset is a good way to make sure everything lines up you run the risk of making a calculation error and throwing everything off.

Instead grab 2 pieces of scrap wood, a 2X4, and plywood bolt them together in a T shape.

You can now hold this up to the cabinet door and mark where the new holes are going to be. Trace the edge of the cabinet door onto the plywood then mark the drill hole locations on the template.

Drill screw holes in the hardware jig you just made.

You now have a template you can put on each cabinet door ensuring every hole will be the same.

You’re finally ready to attach the new hardware. Grab the drill and a small pilot bit. By drilling pilot holes into the wood you won’t risk splintering the cabinet facing.

The only thing left to do now is attach all the new door knobs.

Put the screws through the attaching hardware and tighten them into the pilot holes.

Be sure not to over tighten the screws all you need to shoot for is snug. Over tightening can warp the door knob or strip the screw out of the pilot hole.

How to install cabinet door knobs is a simple task. A new set of door knobs can update your kitchen without the major cost of a full remodel. So if your kitchen is starting to look a little run down why not go shopping for new cabinet hardware. The installation is easy and you’ll love the look of your restyled kitchen.

Author Jennifer Akre is an owner of a wide variety of online specialty shops including that offer both items and information on how you can easily furnish and decorate your space. Whether it is knobs for your bathroom or cabinet hardware for your kitchen there are many tips you can use to make those spots both functional and beautiful. Click today and indulge your senses.

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Nov 7, 2009
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Here Are Some Tips to Buy a Kitchen Cabinet


Kitchen cabinets not just add manner and classiness to your kitchen but also add value to your home. They are to be considered and invested into as a major purchase. Therefore, make sure that while buying new kitchen cabinets, you buy the best ones available. Also ensure they are all worth every penny spent.

You might consider several steps that may be noted in the process of buying a kitchen cabinet:

• Firstly, decide upon a budget for the kitchen cabinet as these cover about fifty percent of the kitchen remodeling expenses. And not just decide upon it but also try and stick to it when buying the cabinets.
• Next, you need to measure the space that is available in the kitchen for the cabinet. This is to decide upon the size and number of cabinets required or that might fit in. This helps you get a rough estimate of the price.
• You then have to decide upon whether you want a stock cabinet, semi-custom cabinet or a fully customized one. Stock cabinets being less expensive are restricted in terms of style, shapes and size choices. Semi-custom ones are standard sized but offer design and styles varieties. Custom cabinets are expensive but built as per customer design and style specifications.
• Also, choose and select options with regards to custom items that include wine racks, cabinet pantries, pullout shelves and knobs or maybe handlers. Herein, while stock cabinets offer limited options, semi-custom and custom cabinets provide limitless solutions. Choose the kitchen cabinets on their usability. The more the usability the better it is.
• Also, you will have to choose the quality of the cabinets that you want from solid frames to reinforced corners and also closed backs and solid frames.
• And finally, there is style and color that you will have to decide upon. For this you can look upon magazines, online galleries or even personally visit the cabinet stores. Again, stock cabinets are available in limited styles while semi-custom and custom cabinets offer a lot more.
• Most importantly, the cabinet should probably match the architecture and the interior design of your home. It should not look out of place as it mars the beauty of your kitchen.

Also, while looking for and buying kitchen cabinets, you should always consult a hardware specialist. This is because there are numerous manufacturers of decorative hardware. Therefore, as we look to buy those with the best quality and reputation, a specialist could certainly be very helpful. Also visit the stores or warehouses and take a look at the cabinets and their prices before you decide to purchase any.

Another thing is to do research well on the internet for reputation of the manufacturers and the quality of cabinets made by them. You might also look for cost effective deals that might be available online.

Yashvi Dhingra is freelance writer, expert on various topics and these days she is writing on kitchen cabinets.

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Nov 7, 2009
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Kitchen Design Basics – Three Cabinet Construction Options


There are many ways to construct a set of kitchen cabinets. There are currently three fundamental methods of marrying the cabinet door to the cabinet. In this article these three options are discussed:

Overlay Door, Face Frame

The overlay door with face frame style cabinet construction is the most common type of cabinet construction. Basically, the front of the run of cabinets is covered with a hardwood frame, usually about 1 1/2 inches wide. Thus each door or pair of doors is backed by this frame and the door itself sits proud of the frame when closed. This type of construction requires the least amount of precision because there is a margin around each drawer or door and small differences are not noticeable.

Frameless Cabinet Construction

Sometimes called euro construction, in this instance the fro of the cabinet has is left uncovered, except for thin veneer, which covers the edge of the cabinet box (usually plywood or melamine). The cabinet door is built just slightly smaller that the outside edge of the cabinet, leaving a consistent reveal of about 1/8 inch between each cabinet door and between doors and drawers above. This type of construction requires a high degree of precision and exacting installation. The look of this type of cabinet is sleek and modern. Another advantage often cited is that the cabinet are full access, meaning they are not encumbered by a frame surrounding the openings.

Inset Door Construction

This style of cabinet construction is similar to the overlay door type in that there is a hardwood frame attached to the front of the cabinet. However instead of the door sitting proud of the frame, the inset doors are flush with the front of the frame when closed. Like the frameless cabinet, these also require more precision than the face frame to ensure that the gap between the doors and frames are consistent. Inset doors are often associated with more traditional cabinets designs.

Paul Eden is a mechanical engineer who enjoys home improvement projects. He also recently found the best laptop backpack for his new 17″ notebook, and discovered many affordable backpacks for laptops.

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