How to Install Cabinet Door Knobs and Drawer Pulls Perfectly the First Time | Pretty Handy Girl

I know when you buy a new vanity or just have new cabinets installed it’s hard to get up the guts to drill through the pristine doors and drawers to install new knobs on then. I get it, really I do. You are worried you’ll drill in the wrong spot. Or you might mess up the finish if your drill bit slips. Well, you’re in luck! Today I have the goof proof tutorial for How to Install Knobs on New Cabinet Doors and Drawers!

Materials:
(contains affiliate links)

How to Install Cabinet Knobs Perfect the First Time | Pretty Handy Girl

Instructions:

Take one last look at the pristine cabinet doors and drawers. Now, grab the tape measure and let’s get busy!

How to Install Cabinet Knobs Perfect the First Time | Pretty Handy Girl

Mark the location for your new knob or pull. For knobs, you want to center the knob equidistant between the top and sides of the cabinet door. If you have a decorative frame, the knob can line up with the miter joint. For drawer pulls, center the knob left to right and top to bottom.

How to Install Cabinet Knobs Perfect the First Time | Pretty Handy Girl

Measure the location you chose.

How to Install Cabinet Knobs Perfect the First Time | Pretty Handy Girl

Transfer the measurements onto the scrap board.

How to Install Cabinet Knobs Perfect the First Time | Pretty Handy Girl

Select your drill bit by comparing it to the screw for your knob or pull. Make sure they are the same diameter.

How to Install Cabinet Knobs Perfect the First Time | Pretty Handy Girl

Drill your hole through the pencil mark on your scrap wood.

How to Install Cabinet Knobs Perfect the First Time | Pretty Handy Girl

Cover the marks on the door/drawer with painter’s tape. This will prevent your drill bit from slipping and eliminate potential chipping.

How to Install Cabinet Knobs Perfect the First Time | Pretty Handy Girl

Tape your scrap wood template onto the cabinet door.

How to Install Cabinet Knobs Perfect the First Time | Pretty Handy Girl Drill through the template and through the door.

How to Install Cabinet Knobs Perfect the First Time | Pretty Handy Girl

Remove the template and tape to reveal that perfectly positioned hole.

How to Install Cabinet Knobs Perfect the First Time | Pretty Handy Girl

Press the screw through the hole (sometimes you might need to drive it in with your drill and phillips head bit.

How to Install Cabinet Knobs Perfect the First Time | Pretty Handy Girl

Tighten the knob onto the door.

How to Install Cabinet Knobs Perfect the First Time | Pretty Handy Girl

Flip the template over and repeat for the other cabinet doors.

How to Install Cabinet Knobs Perfect the First Time | Pretty Handy Girl

That wasn’t hard was it?

How to Install Cabinet Knobs Perfect the First Time | Pretty Handy Girl

Enjoy your perfectly positioned knobs and pulls.

master-bathroom-4

What other projects are you hesitant to take on? Maybe I have a tutorial for that!

Update! I found an even easier way to install cabinet knobs and pulls:

Installing Cabinet Handles the Easy Way | Pretty Handy Girl
You’ll don’t need to put off installing those knobs any longer!

PHGFancySign

 

3 replies
  1. Zovesta
    Zovesta says:

    Great suggestion! I never would have thought of this. =D Will definitely bookmark and use this when I get around to putting new pulls and knobs in.

    Reply
  2. Tena
    Tena says:

    I always get hung up on the drawer pulls. Always seems like locating them is harder than doors….and the screws are never long enough to go all the way through the drawer fronts. I never know if I should countersink the screw or go buy a longer one.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.