Asked on Oct 2, 2017

How to get kitchen cabinet doors to close all the way?

Joy30150932Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CAFauxgal


Our kitchen cabinets are about 15 years old but made of very good quality wood. Is there anything we can do to get them to close tightly like when they were new? I'm guessing after many years of use the ones that are used the most just don't close fully. Hopefully, there is a fix because it drives me crazy. We tightened all the screws but they really didn't need it. Any suggestions?

6 answers
  • Mary Svec
    on Oct 2, 2017

    Try cleaning them. Dust and the humidity in the air can gunk them up. If that doesn't work, replace the hinges. The self closing feature has worn out and you will need to replace them.
  • Deanna Nassar
    on Oct 2, 2017

    After 15 years they've probably had a few coats of paint. They may need to be cut down just a little or the latches may be worn out and need replacing.
  • William
    on Oct 2, 2017

    The spring mechanism in cabinet hinges wears down over time. Replacing the hinges is usually the solution. You can also install magnetic catches to hold the doors closed.
  • Fauxgal
    on Oct 2, 2017

    You have to adjust the hinges so that they will close.... It may be that they are out of adjustment so that the weight of the door leans away from the cabinet. I wish I could tell you exactly what to do, but the adjustment is in the hinge, either on the door part, or the face part of the cabinet....
  • What type of hinges do you have? Could just be a simple adjustment.
  • Joy30150932
    on Oct 2, 2017

    It sounds like your hinges may have sprung or are worn out. Changing them should help to alleviate this problem.
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