How To Measure and Order Cabinet Doors and Drawer Fronts
If you know the exact dimensions of the Cabinet Doors or Drawer Fronts (replacement for current door or drawer front) and plan on using the same overlay hinge, take a measurement of the back side of your existing cabinet door or drawer front by measuring the width first, followed by the height. Be sure to measure both to the nearest 1/16". Always measure twice as we will build the custom made cabinet door or drawer front to the dimensions you provide. Again, we need the actual measurements of the cabinet door or drawer front (not the cabinet opening).
If you do not know the exact dimensions of your cabinet door or drawer front, you can follow these steps:
You'll need a measuring tape and notepad to get started.
Measure the wall cabinet or drawer front opening width and height.
When measuring the width, measure from left to right starting with the inside edge of the left stile (vertical part of the face frame) to the inside edge of the right stile. When measuring height, measure from the inside edge of the bottom rail (horizontal part of the face frame) to the inside edge of the top rail.
Measure both the width and height to the closest 1/16".
Cabinet Opening (for both cabinet doors and drawer fronts)
Example (cabinet opening shown above):
If your cabinet opening is 15” wide by 27” high and you use a ½” overlay hinge (industry standard), add 1” to both the width and height measurements. The door size required to cover the cabinet opening would be 16” x 28”. This cabinet door would overlay the face frame by 1/2" on all four sides of the face frame.
Here's a simple formula using the above dimensions to help determine the replacement cabinet door size you need:
(Width of Cabinet Opening + (2 x Door Overlay)) + (Height of Cabinet Opening + (2 x Door Overlay)) = Actual Measurement
(15" opening width x (2 x 1/2" overlay) = 16" width
(27" opening height x (2 x 1/2"overlay) = 28" height
Note** In the example above we use a 1/2” overlay. Your door overlay may vary (3/4", 1 1/4" etc), so you'll need to take that into account when calculating your overlay and overall measurements. These measurements are guidelines. Ensure your measurements match the specifications of your exact hinge type.
If you need to measure for two cabinet doors for one cabinet opening we recommend the following if using the most common 1/2" overlay:
For double doors or "butt doors" (two doors on a single opening) with a 1/2” overlay, add 1“ to height of the door. For width only, add 1”, divide by 2, then subtract 1/16” for each door.
Our hinge drilling procedure is meant for Concealed European style hinges. The center recess measures 35mm in diameter and is bored into the back of the cabinet door. The custom made cabinet door will be drilled at the standard placement based on its size. The standard placement for framed cabinets is 3" from the top or bottom of the door and 3-3/4" for frameless cabinets.
Hinge Boring Special Information:
Solid Wood Doors
Doors with a height of 42" or less will receive two hinge bores.
Doors with a height of 42 1/16"-72" will receive three hinge bores,
Doors with a height of 72 1/16" or larger will receive four hinge bores.
White RTF Doors
Doors with a height of 8” up to 13” will receive two hinge bores (Note: placement will be 2” from top and bottom of door).
Doors with a height of 13” up to 36” will receive two hinge bores
Doors with a height of 36” up to 60” will receive three hinge bores (Note: middle bore centered on door)
Doors with a height of 60” up to 84” will receive four hinge bores (Note: equally spaced on door)