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A drawer being held in place with clamps while a Bunnings team member affixes it into a cabinet

Overview

Drawer panels give the front of your drawers a neat finish. Learn how simple they are to install. We show you how to mount the panels so they are properly spaced and sit square with the cabinet. You will also see why it is good to have a counter sink drill bit for your drill.

Steps

1Install the panel on the bottom drawer

Remove the upper drawers. Then clamp the bottom panel into place on the drawer, so all the edges line up with the cabinet. Use a counter sink drill bit to pre-drill screw holes through the drawer into the panel. The counter sink bit creates a space for the screw head to sit as it drills. Drill four screw holes for a deep drawer, two holes if it's shallow. Screw the panel into place, leaving the screws slightly loose in case you need to adjust them
Person clamping cabinet panel

2Install the panels in the upper drawers

Put the next drawer in the cabinet. Place the Kaboodle handle template on top of the previous drawer panel as a spacer. Then simply repeat the process from Step 1. Do this for each drawer until the whole cabinet is finished. Do any last minute adjustments with the mallet then give all the screws a final tighten.
Person using clamps to install cabinet panels

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.