7 Quick Fixes For Cabinets and Drawers Around the House
Want to adjust your cabinets or fix your broken kitchen cabinet hinges? Most people think that fixing cabinets is both hard and expensive regardless of what the problem with them is. Well, some problems do require drastic solutions, like replacing them partly or wholly, but most of them are simple things that can be quickly fixed with household tools and materials.
The following list offers you cheap and easy solutions to the most common problems affecting cabinets all around your house, from your kitchen to the garage. Do away with these tips all those little things that drive you crazy!
Give extra strength to your drawer bottoms
Some drawer bottoms seem to be made with the wimpiest plywood available, so it doesn’t take long before they start getting wavy even with the lightest objects. If your drawer bottoms are paper-thin, you can stiffen them up by adding an extra piece of plywood, preferably ⅜-in or ¼-in. Take out your drawer, turn it upside down and cut your extra piece of wood to fit over the bottom, then set it using wood glue and hold it in place with something heavy like a gallon of paint.
Repair stripped screw holes
Repairing your cabinets means that you will be screwing a lot of things back in place, but sometimes you will find that while the screws slide easily, they don’t tighten at all. This means that the hole is stripped and needs to be filled, and you can do that pretty easily with just a few toothpicks and glue. First, dip the toothpicks in the glue one by one and insert as many as you can fit into the hole (about two or three) then cut the parts that are sticking out with a utility knife. Now you can put the screw back on without even waiting for the glue to dry!
Keep your cabinets closed
Want to know how to fix kitchen cabinet doors that won’t close? The fact that this trick is so old just means that it’s still very effective. If your cabinet doors are a little bent and won’t close fully, you can wait until you save enough for a replacement by installing a magnet catch. These catches are a simple metal plate and a small magnet held down in place by a plastic frame; you screw the plate on the door, the magnet on the cabinet itself, and that’s it! Your cabinets will stay closed without spending a fortune.
Paper the interior of your cabinets
Just because they’re not on display doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t protect and pretty up the inside of your cabinets. Daily use can cause scratches and stains to appear on the sides, but you can protect them with some wallpaper. Choose a design that you like and goes well with the rest of your kitchen, so that every time you open the cabinet doors they styles mesh well together. This also makes it so much easier to clean inside your cabinets, which you should start doing anyway!
Lubricate your drawer slides
Are your drawers getting stuck or dragging too much when you try to open them? That can be easily fixed by removing the whole drawer and inspecting the slides, tracks, and rollers. Wipe the tracks of any dust and debris and spray some lubricant on them and the rollers as well to make sure the spin easily. This should make them work like new, but if they’re too damaged to fix with lubricant only, it’s time to replace them. Simply unscrew them and take one with you to the store so you can buy one that’s the same size, then screw them onto the drawer. It’s done!
Stop your doors from slamming against the cabinet
Slamming doors are not only annoying because of the sound they make, but because they can damage the cabinet itself. This is the easiest fix of them all since it only requires you to buy peel-and-stick bumpers (you can get a 20-pack for about $2) and place them where the impact happens the most. Two problems solved at once!
Adjusting European hinges
Fixing European hinges might look intimidating if you’re not traditionally “handy”, but it’s actually so easy that you’ll be on a hinge-fixing roll around the house after your first one. Crooked doors need only an adjustment of the side screw (the smaller, inner screw) and balance it until you put it back into position. To keep the door hinge from brushing against the cabinet when you open it, adjust the depth screw (the bigger, outer screw). These are all trial-and-error things, so don’t get frustrated and keep adjusting until you get it just right.