How to put new handles on kitchen cabinets

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How to put new handles on kitchen cabinets

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Looking to update a tired, old kitchen? Maybe you’re renting and want a temporary, stylish fix for a pre-loved space? Changing the whole look and feel of your kitchen is as easy as replacing your cupboard door handles – and it takes no time at all! Here’s how to do it.

Tools and materials

Handle template

Measuring tape


Phillips-head screwdriver   


Power drill

Prestige 96mm black half round square handle

Overview of tools & materials required to change a cabinet door handle

1. Choose your handles

It’s time to replace those tired, old cabinet door handles with something new and fresh – so head to Bunnings to check out their extensive range. To make things easy on ourselves, we opted for a black handle that matched the size of what was already there – in this case, 96mm – to avoid having to drill new holes. Choosing the same size handles is especially good if you’re renting and you don’t want to get in trouble with your landlord – just keep the old handles and swap them back when you move.

2. Measure up

You may find the handles you want to replace are a different size to what was already there. This is where a template comes in handy – you can pick these up in store. Simply place it on the bottom corner of the door, opposite the hinges – the template has holes for each different cupboard and handle type, so pick the combination you want and use a pencil to mark up your drilling points.

3. Remove your old handles

You can do this with a drill or screwdriver. Once these are off, you’re ready to put the new handles on. Ours came with snap screws, which we snapped off to the correct size – you’ll need some pliers to do this. Then it’s as simple as screwing them in. 

Close up of person pulling an outdated kitchen cabinet handle

4. Put your new handles on

If you’re not doing a simple swap, check you’ve marked the drill points correctly by taking your handle and placing it next to your pencil marks – once everything is lined up, drill a hole all the way through the door. Use a slightly wider drill bit than the screws. A good tip when putting your handles on is to lightly screw in the top part so it’s finger-tight before affixing the bottom one – this way you’ve got some wriggle room. Once they’re both in, tighten away!

screwing in second screw in cabinet door handle

5. Sit back and admire your new kitchen cabinets

It really was THAT simple!

Kitchen cabinet with new matte black door handles

Check out the range

Inspired to give it a try yourself? Take a look at our huge range of cabinet handles now.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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