Installing drawer handles might sound like a simple DIY task, but truth be told — many of us have struggled with it. Misaligned handles are a common issue, and they can make your cabinets look wonky and untidy. Perhaps you’ve encountered crooked drawer handles that just won’t stay straight, or you’ve grappled with screws that seem to have a mind of their own.
In this easy-to-follow guide, we’ll show you how to install drawer handles like a pro, so you can avoid those frustrating misalignment problems and enjoy a neat and functional kitchen and furniture. Whether you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast or just starting, let’s get those drawer handles straight!
The frustrations of DIY missteps
Let’s face it, we’ve all encountered misaligned drawer handles or struggled with wonky screws when attempting DIY installations. But the potential consequences aren’t just with the aesthetic of the fixture, these missteps can also affect the functionality of your furniture.
- Crooked handles — An improperly installed handle can make your drawers and cabinets look off-kilter and untidy.
- Screw struggles — Trying to align and secure screws in tight spaces can be a frustrating experience, often resulting in damaged handles or surfaces.
- Mismatched hardware — Choosing the wrong hardware or screws that don’t fit can lead to a disjointed and unprofessional appearance.
How to install drawer handles: a step-by-step guide
Fear not! With the right tools and a systematic approach, you can achieve a flawless installation of drawer handles. Here’s how:
1. Gather your tools and supplies
Before you start, ensure you have the following tools and supplies ready:
- Drawer handles
- Measuring tape
- Screwdriver or drill
- Screws (provided with the handles or purchased separately)
- A template (optional but highly recommended)
2. Determine handle placement
Measure and mark where you want to place the drawer handles. For consistency, use a measuring tape to ensure equal spacing between handles, especially if you’re installing multiple ones on a single drawer or cabinet door.
3. Use a template
Consider using a template to simplify the process and ensure precise hole placement. Many hardware stores offer templates designed for various handle styles. These templates help you mark the exact spots where the holes need to be drilled.
4. Mark hole positions
Place the template (if using one) or position the handle where you want it to go. Use a pencil to mark the hole positions on the drawer or cabinet door. Double-check your measurements and markings to avoid misaligning your handles.
5. Drill pilot holes
Next, drill pilot holes into your marks. Pilot holes are small, pre-drilled openings in wood or other materials that guide screws during installation, preventing splitting or damage. Make sure the hole size matches the screws provided with your drawer handles. Drilling pilot holes prevents wood from splitting and ensures a secure attachment.
6. Attach the handles
Position the handles over the pilot holes and insert the screws. Use a screwdriver or drill to tighten the screws securely. Be cautious not to overtighten, as this can damage the handle.
7. Double-check the alignment
After attaching the drawer handles, double-check their alignment. Ensure they’re level and straight, making any necessary adjustments.
8. Test functionality
Open and close the drawer or cabinet door to test the handles. They should feel secure and comfortable to grip.
9. Clean up
Finally, clean up any pencil marks or debris from the installation process. Admire your handiwork and give yourself a pat on the back — you’ve successfully installed drawer handles!
Choose KT & Co Designer Hardware for your drawer handles
At KT & Co Designer Hardware, we understand the importance of quality hardware and proper installation. Our team believes that choosing high-quality drawer handles enhances your space’s aesthetic and functional appeal and makes the installation process easier and more seamless.
With our premium drawer handles, you’re not only investing in exquisite design, but also ensuring that the hardware you choose aligns perfectly with your vision and is made to last. Our commitment to delivering top-notch products, backed by our two-year warranty, ensures that you can trust us for enduring hardware solutions for your kitchen or cabinetry projects.
KT & Co Designer Hardware proudly extends its services across Australia, ensuring hassle-free delivery of our drawer handles right to your doorstep, no matter where you’re located. We also recognise the unique needs of professionals in the home improvement industry, which is why we provide exclusive trade accounts, offering benefits and discounts that ensure you have access to top-quality hardware for your projects.
Explore our unique collection of kitchen drawer handles today, which includes ranges of contemporary, brass, vintage handles and more! Have any questions or need assistance? Contact us, or browse our FAQs page for more information.