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Five Steps to Install Appliance Pulls

Installing new door pulls and appliance pulls to your cabinets is a great way to rejuvenate your entire kitchen and home. Unfortunately, many homeowners are not aware of how easy it is to do so on their own, and either waste money on hiring help or give up before they even start. Hopefully, with these simple instructions from our expert team of cabinet hardware specialists, you'll be installing those gorgeous new cabinet hardware pulls in no time at all, and enjoying your new and improved kitchen.

Step One: Choose the Right Appliance Pull

Before you begin the installation process, it's important to be sure you have the right cabinet pull or door pull for your needs. Think about where the door pull hardware will be located, how much it will be handled, and how large you want the door pulls to be. Appliance pulls come in a variety of sizes: for smaller cabinets, you might want 6 - 8 inch pulls, while for larger doors and cabinet faces you'll need large handles, such as 13 - 18 inch appliance pulls.

Step Two: Decide Where to Place the Appliance Pull

This sounds like a simple enough decision, but a number of factors go into the decision of where to place your new door pull hardware on your cabinet faces. Consider what a comfortable height would be for everyone to easily open the door. Door pulls should usually be about 1 inch away from the border of the door, and below 1/3 of the height of the entire door. Also, remember to be consistent with your kitchen cabinet pulls: make sure each one is installed at the same height.

Step Three: Measure & Mark the Spot

Use a measuring tape to get the most precise idea of where your kitchen cabinet pulls will go. With a pencil, mark the spots where you plan to drill holes. A cabinet pull usually requires two holes, though sometimes they require four.

Step Four: Drill Starter Holes

Before drilling the cabinet hardware pulls directly into your cabinet doors, you need to create starter holes for the screws, using an awl. Use a speed power drill, with the correct bit for the screw you plan to use. (The right screws should come with the cabinet pull hardware you purchase.) Drill slowly so as not to splinter the cabinets.

Step Five: Install

Now you're ready to install your appliance pulls, using the screws provided for you. Place the door pull against the cabinet door, and slowly drill the screw into the wood until it is snug and tight. Be sure not to over-tighten the screw.

All finished! Now you can step back and admire your gorgeous new appliance pulls and cabinets. With these five steps, you really can install your appliance pulls on your own. Should you have any questions or concerns, remember that you can always ask an expert when purchasing or installing new cabinet hardware.


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