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How To Drill Hinge Holes In Kitchen Doors

Welcome to the New Replacement Kitchen Doors blog! Today, we’re going to talk about a topic that’s sure to drive some people up the wall: how to drill hinge holes in kitchen doors. We know that the thought of doing it yourself can be daunting, but fear not! With our step-by-step guide, you’ll be able to tackle this task like a pro in no time.

To begin with, you’ll need to gather some materials. You’ll need a power drill, a drill bit suitable for your hinges, masking tape and a ruler or measuring tape.

What you’ll need:

  • Power drill
  • Drill bit suitable for your hinges
  • Masking tape
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Screws
  • Hinges

Once you’ve got your materials, you’re ready to get started.


  1. Measure twice, drill once. Measure the distance between the top and bottom hinge on the door frame. This measurement will determine where you’ll drill the hinge holes. You’ll want to use some masking tape to mark out where you’ll be drilling. This will also help to prevent the wood from splitting. Remember, measure twice and drill once! No one wants unnecessary holes in the back of their kitchen doors.
  2. Pre-drill. Use a small drill bit to pre-drill the holes where the hinges will go. This will make it easier to drill the larger holes and reduce the chance of splitting the kitchen door.
  3. Time to drill. Now it’s time to use the larger drill bit. Hold the drill straight and drill the holes to the appropriate depth. Hopefully, you’ve bought one of our hinge hole drill bits (if not, it’s best to get one here). You want to drill just deep enough so that the screws and the hinge will fit snugly into the holes. If your drilling is too shallow the screws won’t hold the hinge in place and the hinge will catch against the frame. If it’s too deep you might drill through the other side of the door! That’s your worst nightmare at this point!
  4. Repeat on the door frame. Repeat the process on the door frame – this time just make the holes for the hinge screw – making sure to measure and mark the correct spot for the hinge holes. Double-check your measurements and drill away!
  5. Attach the hinges. Now you’ve successfully drilled your hinge holes in the door and the frame it’s time to attach the hinges. To do this, just hold the door up to the frame and align the hinges with the holes you previously drilled. Then you’re going to screw your kitchen door hinges to the frame using the screws that came with the hinges (hopefully you’ve not already thrown the plastic bag away with them in). It’s always best to be as gentle as possible at this point.
  6. Test it out. Once your door is fitted, you’ll want to slowly open and close it. You should be looking for whether it opens and closes smoothly, if it’s properly aligned and if it’s not you need to be adjusting the hinges as necessary. Fortunately, kitchen door hinges are really flexible, so if you’ve done the first part right, you just need to adjust the hinge rather than refitting it all over again.

Congratulations! You should have successfully drilled the hinge holes in your kitchen doors and fitted them! Now all that’s left to do is attach the handles or knobs and enjoy your new and improved kitchen.

We hope our guide has been helpful and informative. Remember, always measure twice and drill once! And if you need any further assistance or advice, don’t hesitate to contact us at New Replacement Kitchen Doors.

If you want to watch our step-by-step guide in a visual format, make sure to watch our Founder Harry Lupton’s expert explanation here:

Let’s be honest, drilling hinge holes in kitchen doors can seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and a bit of patience, it’s something that can easily be done at home. So go ahead, take the plunge and give it a go. You never know, it might just be the start of your DIY journey. Happy drilling!

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