Adjusting IKEA cabinet hinges in three easy steps

Posted by Joan Shumaker on

Did you know that you can adjust IKEA's cabinet hinges in height, depth, and width? You can, and it's easy once you've figured out how to master them. 

Not all floors are perfectly level, which is why you might need to adjust the hinges to level the doors and also achieve consistent spaces between the doors. IKEA's hinges have three screws that control the height, depth, and width by loosening or tightening them. 

As easy as 1-2-3

When you are adjusting the doors, you should never touch the screws that are used to attach the doors to the frame. Instead, focus on the screws marked in the illustration.

Adjusting IKEA hinges

1) The first one moves the door up and down, allowing you to adjust the height of the door. You can decide if you want it closer or further away from the top panel.

2) The second screw has dual purposes. By loosening it completely, you can take the hinge apart, allowing you to attach one part of the hinge to the frame, and one part of to the door before connecting the two. Once you've put the hinge together again, you can decide how far out your door should be from the frame.

3) The third one makes the most significant impact when adjusting your door, straightening it, and evening out the gap to other doors. Adjust this one with a very gentle touch. You tighten this screw by turning it to the left, which may feel counterintuitive. By turning it to the screw to the left, the right side of the door will move upwards.

If you prefer watching a video on how to do it, check this out:

With small adjustments, you will achieve a perfectly leveled result.

 

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