How to Install Cabinet Pulls & Knobs Without Problems

How to Install Cabinet Pulls

Cabinets are the beauty of holding useful stuffs inside kitchen, bathroom, and even bedrooms. Installing one into your space will require some hard work and sweats. One important part of the whole installation includes fixing pulls or knobs.

The proper installation of cabinet hardware is, of course, a key to get a satisfying end result. Let’s talk about how to install cabinet pulls and knobs easily using some general instructions.

How to Install Cabinet Pulls with Required Tools & General Guidelines.

No matter if you are on a complete kitchen remodeling or any regular DIY cabinet up-gradation. Installing new and nice hardware is the best finishing touch you can give to any space with a cabinet.

It’s not something extremely time-consuming nor difficult to manage. A basic understanding of installing hardware is a plus point. However even if you are a newbie to such simple installation, there’s nothing much to worry about. Let’s start with the tools and materials needed for this project.

Tools & Materials to Gather.

  • Matching knobs and pulls for cabinets.
  • Hardware templates.
  • Measurement tape.
  • Matching head screwdrivers.
  • Drilling machine.
  • Drill bits.
  • Pencil or marking pen.
  • Painter’s tape.

Marking Up with The Templates.

Is spending extra money on hardware templates really worth it? I’m sure pretty much a lot of people reading this have such a question. Well, you can go without one. However, for those who are trying it the first time, its’ totally what you need. These are time-saving and also avoids a lot of panics possible later.

Decide which holes are the right ones to give you that desired placement. Next, use the tape and marker to create a circle and a big arrow on those placements. There are usually more than a few holes available with templates.

And so, accidentally drilling through wrong points might happen. Marking will make those silly mistakes never waste your moments. At this point, you have your desired spread and drops for holes.

Use Painter’s Tape for Cabinet Fronts.

On the spots where you are going to place hardware, roughly apply painter’s tape. This way you’ll be able to save your cabinet from marks and also the finish will be less prone to cracking and splitting while drilling.

You should work on taping all drawers in one cabinet at the same time. Go through all the way around that space by taking one area at a time like that.

Each Front Needs a Center Line.

In the case of stacked drawers, you should never skip this step. Or else there’s a chance of off-center and poorly leveled pulls later. Start by measuring the door’s complete width. Now figure out the half measurement of what you’ve calculated. Use the tape to mark that center measurement. You should check twice to be double sure.

Now you need to similarly mark every center of each drawer. Between the marking sessions, don’t forget to test the dots visually. See whether they look lined up or not. You should put bigger marks while doing so. This way it becomes easier for later steps. Finally, have a last check on all the center marks to be completely assured.

Holding Template on Marked Center Line.

Go to the first drawer and hold lip of hardware template on top of it. You need to center the template with previously created lines. Make sure your desired holes fall right with the marks you just made.

Once everything is lining up the right way and evenly resting on top of drawer, it’s time to clamp. This is important so that it does not move when you continue with the next remaining steps.

Pilot Holes Drilling.

Now some people would prefer marking the holes with a pen and then drilling. However, I think, if you directly drill those holes, a better result is possible. Go with smaller drill bits and make tiny holes to start each so that it’s easier with the template holding.

You should carefully drill the holes so that it goes all way through a drawer and pokes from the backside. Make sure your drilling is as gradual and controlled as possible. That way you can avoid potential cracking towards the drawer’s backside.

If you are not confident about avoiding splinters, use some painter’s tape again. Put some tape on the drawer’s back where drill bit is supposed to poke through.

After you are done with first drawer, repeat centering template and drilling pilot holes for rest of the drawers. That way you can use smaller drilling bits at the same time. This will get you into the nice rhythm of finishing things faster.

Drilling the Bigger Holes.

It’s time to remove the template but not tape. Go for the bigger drill bits now and create holes that are larger than before. You want to gradually drill through the previously done pilot holes. Use less force to get nicely go through the back of door holes. Once it’s done, remove the tape.

Fixing Pulls & Knobs.

Now you need to screw the pulls and knobs into YOUR fixed place of door or drawer front. You can use your hands to tighten the screws. Once the pulls seem loosely attached, use regular screwdrivers to make it firm.

Finishing Off.

Clear out all the drill shavings USING a vacuum hose next. You want to get rid of all mess out from the drawers, cabinets, and floor. And with that, you draw the finishing line for this project successfully.


Learning how to install cabinet pulls and knobs is relatively simpler than other procedures. You just need to pay attention to keeping things in line and measure everything correctly. Usually, your finishing results highly depend on all these little things. Also, you should be careful about buying matching pulls and knobs for your cabinet.

Don’t forget about finding appropriately sized drill bits as well. These matters will depend on your cabinet’s type and its size basically. So, you need to figure these things out yourself. Good Luck with That!

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