Measuring for Cabinet Doors and Drawer Fronts using Our Hinges
When listing the sizes for doors and drawer fronts it is important that they are written width by height. Door and drawer widths are measured horizontal and heights are measured vertical (see example above). The grain for the door panel will run vertically. The grain for the drawer fronts will run horizontally.
TAll your measurements will need to be in inches and fractions of an inch and to the nearest 1/16”. If you are not familiar with reading a tape measure to 1/16” and you need a little help see the illustration above.
Reading a standard tape measure: There are 15 lines between the whole numbers. Each line represents 1/16 of an inch. Looking at the example above you see that the first line past the whole number 10 is 1/16, the next is 2/16 then 3/16 and so forth. When reading a standard tape we simplify the fraction to their lowest form instead of saying 2/16 we say 1/8. This fraction represents the same distance, but 1/8 is the simplest form. If you need a little help when measuring just print this page out and have it with you.
Before you can start measuring for your new cabinet doors you will need to decide what type of hinges you will be using. The hinges will determine the sizes of your doors. If you plan to use your existing hinges, you will need to be sure that they will work with an overlay style door. (An overlay style door is a door that fits over the opening of the cabinet). Figure 1 shows a 3/8 inset type door, this is an old style hinge design. We do not offer this outside detail for this type of hinge. We do offer a euro ½” overlay concealed hinge that is fully adjustable and removable from the cabinet and door. (Figure 2, 3 and 4). Most cabinet shops today use this type of hinge because of the ease of installation and durability. We charge $10 per door for boring the holes. The hinges, plates and screws come free!
If you are planning on using your existing hinges and they will work with an overlay style door, then we suggest that you measure your existing doors and list them on the form. If you are replacing your hinges with the hinges we offer, you will need to follow the instructions that follow.
When ordering your materials you want to make sure you order everything correctly and in the right quantity. We recommend that you draw a sketch of each cabinet and measure the cabinet openings, then list that information on your sketch. This will allow you to double check all your work! We offer a re-face worksheet form that will help. (See example above.) The form is available at the end of this file.