Are your kitchen drawers and cabinets unable to stay locked or open? Do the drawers and cabinet doors sag in an inappropriate way? Are the hinges on your cabinets loose? Worry no more! This post gives you tips on how to renew the look of your old kitchen cabinets and drawers.
The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in your home. Your kitchen cabinets and drawers can last for approximately five decades. But they often get used a lot, and they experience a wide array of problems that shorten their lifespan. Here are reliable solutions that can help you fix these problems.
Misaligned or Crooked Doors
Many kitchen cabinet doors use hidden concealed hinges attached on the inner side of the kitchen cabinets to give a clean and sleek appearance. You only need to turn self-sealing fasteners to lower or raise the cabinet doors so that they’re flush with adjacent cabinet doors. The same process can also help the doors to achieve a vertical or horizontal level or it can move adjacent doors closer or further away.
Drawers that carry lots of weight often encounter sagging problems because of excessive weight. Silverware and Chinaware can cause drawer sagging, and with time the slides of such drawers may wear out. To solve this problem you should replace the wimpy plastic slides with sturdy slide models with ball bearings.
Heavy-duty ball bearing roller slides can support more weight and provide smooth gliding. To hold the cabinet drawer slides tight in place you should use self-sealing fasteners with metallic washers because the metal-to-metal contact improves the tightened grip and it reduces loosening that originates from vibrations.
Loose Cabinet Hinges
All hinges become loose at some point and cause your kitchen cabinet doors to fail or sag. This problem often happens when the hinges’ screw holes get stripped. If this is the cause of the problem, you’ll need to fill the screw holes before re-tightening them.
But you have to first remove the hinges and fill the hole with glue and pieces of wood, which you’ll later cut clean/flush after the glue dries up. After that, you can re-install your hinges.
If the cabinet drawer glide parts and drawer aren’t damaged, then the solution is simple. You should remove the drawer and give the slides and rollers a clean wipe with a cloth to clear any debris that may be hindering smooth sliding of the drawers. Before returning the drawers you should ensure that all the self sealing fasteners are well-tightened. You should then apply a dry lubricant to aid in the movement of rollers over the drawer slides.
Loose Knobs and Handles
Handles and knobs experience constant grabbing, pulling, and pushing, and this makes them come loose. You can solve this simple problem by tightening the self-sealing fasteners. But this solution provides short-term help because the screws or fasteners will twist loose after some time.
To get a permanent solution you have to tighten the screws and also use a thread adhesive to help keep the handles or knobs tight.
Cabinet Doors That Won’t Stay Shut
In some cases your cabinet doors become stubborn and they won’t stay shut. These doors may stay a few inches apart and this is the reason why they can’t get shut in a tight manner. To solve this problem you can insert a magnetic catch on the stile or rail of the cabinet, and then you should screw a magnetic plate to the opposite door’s corner to hold the doors together.
Kitchens are often busy than most rooms in your homes. Your cooking sessions are often accompanied with regular drawer or cabinet opening, and the frequent handling of these fixtures make them loose, saggy, or unable to close or open. The loosening of self-sealing fasteners, hinges, knobs, latches, and handles are a few of the problems that cause these challenges.
These are common kitchen cabinet and drawer wear and tear problems. But you can solve them by following the insights provided in this post.