How to Replace a Cabinet Hinge

Close-up of a small cabinet hinge.

Please Note: Do not use this procedure if you are not certain that you can complete it safely, or if it does not seem accurate. Skippity Whistles provides this information as advice, and cannot accept any liability from your usage of it.

That little hinge on the cabinet finally gave up the ghost. FIrst if moaned like a ghoul, then it got really stiff, and now it’s just broken. Or maybe it’s just plain ugly and seriously needs to go away. 

Good news! It’s a super quick and easy replacement.

Tools You’ll Need

First, if you can get the cabinet door open again, you’ll see that the hinge is held in place on the cabinet with two or three little tiny screws, and on the door with two or three more.

We’re going to have to go to the home improvement store, but you want to make sure and pick up the right hinge set, so we’ll bring this one along for reference.

Remove Just One Cabinet Hinge

Use either a flat-bladed screwdriver or a Phillips like this, to remove the screws from the cabinet door. Don’t lose the screws – you never know. Now remove the screws from the cabinet.  

The door may get kind of floppy, so push it shut and hang a note on it to warn others in the household.

Buy a New Cabinet Hinge Set

Go to the home improvement store and look for a hinge set that has the same hole pattern, and that the hinge-pin hump is pointing the right way. 

Back home at the cabinet, carefully open up the door – remember, it’s only held in by the other hinge. Take your new hinge and match it to the one still on the door – the hinge will fold in one of two ways, and you want to match that.

Replace the Cabinet Hinges

Put the new hinge into the shadow of the old one on the cabinet, and use the new screws to pin it down. Don’t tighten the screws super tight just yet. 

Instead, use two or three of the screws to attach the hinge to the door. You can tighten those screws down. 

Now open and close the door to let everything seat, and then tighten the screws on the cabinet side.

Now replace the remaining hinges in the same way.

Congratulations! You are now the Cabinet Master!

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