Even if you've never done it before, installing cabinet knobs isn't a hard job. With the right tools, planning and preparation, you can get the job done yourself without hiring anyone else to do it. We'll walk you through the steps and give you some expert advice on how to install cabinet knobs or pulls the right way.

how to install cabinet hardware 

All of our cabinet knobs and pulls include the screws you will need to install them. Here is a list of the other tools you'll need, so you can have them all together before you start:


A cabinet and drawer template - You can find them at home improvement stores, like this one from Home Depot.


Ruler or measuring tape




Drill and drill bit


Cabinet hardware you purchased 






Buying your knobs according to your needs is the first, and most important step in installing cabinet knobs. If you are buying a pull, keep in mind the size is measured from hole to hole, not the length of the pull itself.


When deciding on a size, 3 inches long for a pull is average and suitable for most standard kitchen cabinets. The average size of a knob is ¾ inch across. You can go a little smaller or larger, depending on your preference, and the available sizes in the designs that you want.


Decide where each cabinet knob or pull will be located on your cabinets or drawers. Use the following illustrations as a guide for ideas, and for standard practices of where to place your knobs or pulls.


How to position cabinet knobs for installation


Measure and mark where you will place the screw holes. Use a corner template (if you are placing the hardware along a corner), or a flat one (if its getting placed along the center edge). Mark the first hole with a pencil mark.


Make a starter hole with a drill bit slightly smaller than the size of the screws that came with your cabinet knobs.


Line the holes up with the screw holes of the cabinet knob or pull and use a screwdriver to install the screws through the back of the holes (the inside of the cabinet door or drawer).


The Easiest Way to Replace Old Cabinet Knobs or Pulls


If you're replacing a pull with a knob, you're left with the dilemma of 2 old holes on either side of the new centered hole for the knob. To fix this problem, use a backplate with one centered hole for knobs. The backplate should be long enough to cover both old holes. Be sure to choose the backplate in a style or finish that matches that of the knob.


A backplate will also cover up old holes if you are switching from a knob to a pull, or to a pull of a difference size. If you can't use a backplate, fill in the old holes with wood putty in a color that matches the color of the cabinet. Mix colors if you need to to get the best match.


More Advice Before Your Dive In!


Use adhesive putty on the bases of the knob/pull to stick them in difference spots on the cabinets/drawers, to play around with placement ideas before you start drilling holes.


Place a piece of masking tape over the wood, before marking with your pencil. The tape with prevent the drill from slipping and damaging the wood around where you want to make the hole.


To keep a knob with a long base from twisting over time, dab super glue on either side of the base next to the hole. Make sure the hole/s are already drilled, and aligned with the screw hole on the base of the knob.