How to install handles on kitchen cabinets

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How to install handles on kitchen cabinets

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Project Overview

Fitting drawer and cupboard handles is the final stage of installing a kitchen. Using the Kaboodle template helps give you a neater, more accurate finish. We show you how to measure and mark up properly with the template. Plus we tell you everything you need to know to install your handles correctly.

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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How To Assemble and Install Kitchen Base Cabinets

Step by Step Instructions

1 Mark up the drilling points on an overhead cupboard door
2 Drill holes for the overhead door handle
3 Screw the handle to the overhead cupboard door
4 Attach a handle to a drawer
5 Attach a handle to a lower cupboard door
  • Step 1. Mark up the drilling points on an overhead cupboard door

    Place the template on the bottom corner of the door, opposite the hinges. Your template has holes for each different cupboard and handle type. Find the holes that match the combination you have chosen and use a pencil to mark up your drilling points.
  • Step 2. Drill holes for the overhead door handle

    To check you have marked the drilling points correctly, take your handle and put it next to your pencil marks. Once everything is lined up, drill holes all the way through the door. Use a slightly wider drill bit than the screws of the door handle.
  • Step 3. Screw the handle to the overhead cupboard door

    A lot of door handles come with over-long screws. Before screwing the handle to the door, use the nippers to trim the length of the screws. There should be about 5mm to 7mm poking through the door. Now screw the top of the handle on, keeping it loose so there’s a bit of wiggle room. Then screw the bottom on tightly, before you tighten up the top.
  • Step 4. Attach a handle to a drawer

    Measure and mark up the centre point on the front face of the drawer. Place the template over the centre point and mark out the drilling points that match your cupboards and handles. Check the marks are in the right position, then drill your holes. Trim the screws to size and screw the handle on to the drawer.
  • Step 5. Attach a handle to a lower cupboard door

    Place your template on the top corner of the door, opposite the hinges. As you did with the overhead door, mark out the drilling points for your handles and drill your holes. Now trim the screws to size and screw the handle on to the drawer.

Tools and Materials


  • Cutting nippers
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Phillips head screw driver
  • Power drill


  • Handle template
  • Handles

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