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How To Measure Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Very Important!
Always list the sizes width x height and double check your measurements. Remember the old carpenters adage, measure twice cut once.

To get your new doors sizes when replacing hinges we recommend you add 1" to the width and height of your cabinet openings for your doors and drawer fronts. This gives you the industry standard 1/2" overlay on all sides of the opening.

If you have an opening that uses two doors butted together, measure the width of the opening and add 1", divide that in half, then subtract 1/16th from each door. This will give you room to adjust the center gap between the two doors after they are hung. You still add 1" to the height of the doors.

Note: Hinge side is determined from looking at the front of the door while it is closed on the cabinet.

You can order the doors to be the same size they are now.  You just need to determine what your overlay is.   Overlay refers to how much the door overlaps on the hinge side.  You can determine this by measuring the width of the door, subtract the width of the opening and divide that in half.  For example if the door is 1” wider than the opening, that means it overlays 1/2" on each side, so you would select 1/2" overlay hinges.

What About Lazy Susans?

If you have Lazy Susan doors that mount to a shelving unit and spins around inside the opening, Lazy Susan doors are simple to measure. Simply turn the door around inside the opening to measure the back side. Measure from the outside edge of the door to the point where the doors meet in the back ( left diagram A) and from the top to bottom (left diagram B) List Lazy Susans as 2 doors. The doors are 3/4" thick, so one door should be 3/4" narrower. We will make the wider door with a wide frame on one side where the other door will attach.  The doors will be made with a 115 square edge on one long side where the two doors butt together. (Example: 1 - 11 x 27 and 1 - 10 1/4 x 27)  Just order the doors at the size you need, then when you get to checkout you will see a place to enter notes pertaining to your order.  This is where you will re-state the door sizes to point them out as Lazy Susan doors.

For example, you could put something like this in the notes section:

"These doors are for a lazy susan
1 - 10 x 28 - square edge on right
1 - 10 3/4 x 28 - wide frame and square edge on left"

If you have the kind of Lazy Susan Door that mounts to the outside of the cabinet and both doors swing open with a piano hinge attaching them, it's a little different. Measure one side of the Lazy Susan opening (both sides should be the same, but not always) and add your overlay (usually 1/2") Then subtract 3/4" for the piano hinge to function in the corner (right diagram AA) List your doors separately with hinge boring requested for only one of the doors. You will need to make a note at checkout, requesting a square edge profile on one long side of the doors where the piano hinge will attach.

For example, you could put something like this in the notes section:

"These doors are for a lazy susan
1 - 10 x 28 - square edge on the long side
1 - 10 x 28 - square edge on the long side"

Other Things to Consider

Prepping Drawers To prepare your drawers for the new drawer fronts, simply saw off the existing front making sure to leave square ends. Add a piece of pine to the front of the drawer to screw the new drawer front to. It is usually a good idea to pre-drill holes in the sides of the drawer for this purpose. Some extra sturdy drawers are even easier to prepare. Just cut off the overhang of the drawer front so the drawer will slide back into the cabinet flush with the frame. Make sure the remaining front is still solidly attached before installing your new drawer front with screws. One final note of caution: Be very careful not to put a screw through your new drawer front when attaching it. Pre-drilling the drawer box itself is always a good idea.