Whether it is the way we are brought up, the way we are portrayed on TV or just plain old genetics – most of us women believe that we are not as capable as men when it comes to practical tasks like DIY. But when it comes to installing your own replacement kitchen doors, this is an assumption which has gone back to the dark ages where it belongs.
Fitting new kitchen doors is a perfect project for a beginner DIYer to take on and is one of the best ways to hone your tool wielding skills before you do something a little more challenging like re-plumbing the whole house! Not only can you expect to complete a job in just a few hours, you will save yourself plenty of cash and you will have the satisfaction of knowing you completed such a great job without so much as a little help from a man.
Although – this is not quite true. Help from a man comes in the form of our kitchen door fitting video guides which will certainly point you in the right direction and will ensure that you do the job right the first time(without even a hint of condescension!). But if you want to claim all the glory for fitting your kitchen, we are happy to help you in that deception!
Fitting new kitchen cabinet doors is an easy job from the initial measuring through to the final hinge adjustment. Just follow these steps for the perfect job every time.
- You will need to take measurements of your old doors. The best way to do this is to measure the size on the inside of the door. This will ensure that you take into account any edge designs which could interfere with accurate measuring. Mark where the hinges should be (we can pre-drill the hinges for you).
- Choose the material, design and colour doors and drawer fronts you want and order them online. You may also want to choose new hinges and door handles as well.
- Once you receive your new doors, you need to remove the old ones. Just use a screwdriver to remove the old hinges, once you have unclipped the doors from them. Some doors do not unclip and will need to be removed with a screwdriver. Of course an electric screwdriver is easiest. It is even possible to buy these which a smaller handgrip and with lower torque to make it easier for women to use.
- You should attach your new handles before fitting the doors (although it is wise to offer them up first to make sure they all fit). Measure carefully to ensure that they are all placed in same spot. You an even make up a template to give you even more accuracy.
- Attach your new hinges both to the new doors and to the old carcasses. Clip the new doors in place and use a screwdriver to adjust the hinges up and down or side to side to get each door sitting evenly. You can use a spirit level to make sure this is done accurately.
- If you are fitting integrated appliances, you will need to keep the clips which attach the door to the appliance. Your appliance may also have come with a template to get the attachment fitting in the correct place.
As you can see, this is a job which can easily be carried out by a woman. Let's face it, we can lead entire countries, congregations, and boardrooms. We can drive trains and planes and trucks and yet when it comes to a little DIY we shy away. Well not any more. Get out your screwdriver and order your kitchen doors. Then you really have something to gloat about!