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).

 

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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 Rail/Stile

How to measure for replacement cabinet doors

Cabinet Opening (for both cabinet doors and drawer fronts)

How to measure for replacement 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.

Double Cabinet Doors for One Opening

If you need to measure for two cabinet doors for one cabinet opening we recommend the following calculation (using the most common standard 1/2" overlay):

  • For double doors or "butt doors" (two doors on a single opening) with a 1/2” overlay:
    • Add 1“ to opening height of the cabinet.
    • For width only, add 1” to the opening width, divide by 2, then subtract 1/16” for door gap.
  • Example:
    • Opening Measurement: 24" Height x 36" Width
    • Height: 24" + 1" = 25" height
    • Width: 36" + 1" = 37"
    • Width Only: 37" divided by 2 = 18 1/2" 
    • Width Only 18 1/2" minus 1/16" = 18 7/16"
    • Final Door Sizes (each door): 25" Height x 18 7/16" Width 

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.

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Hinge Boring

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.

cabinet door hinge boring

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)

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PLACING AN ORDER FOR A REPLACEMENT CABINET DOOR OR DRAWER FRONT:

  • Select a custom cabinet door or drawer front style.
  • Choose the wood type.
  • Enter your measurements:
    • Enter Width  (example: 15 & 1/2" (increment chart will pull down once you click space)
    • Enter Height  (example: 24 & 3/4" (increment chart will pull down once you click space)
  • You will see a base cost for wood species, cabinet door and measurements you provided.
  • Enter your quantity.
  • For cabinet doors only, enter if you want hinge boring and which side. (Hinge boring for "square" doors can be left or right as they can be flipped for your application).
  • Add to Cart.
  • If you want to add more components click on continue shopping. If done, hit checkout.
  • Type in your personal and shipping information, review your order one last time and pay.
  • Once completed, you will receive a confirming email from CDNM.
  • Your order will ship in 10 business days (will normally take 1-4 days from to shipment to arrival). 

    If you have any questions about ordering any components, please call us at 844-915-1150 or email us at info@cabinetdoorsnmore.com