Woodmont Doors - How to Measure & Install cabinet doors
First shown on this page will be a graphic giving you an idea of how 5-piece doors are assembled. Then some measuring instructions written out. And finally 4 pages from the Woodmont Doors catalog showing their various measuring and installation instructions with picture references. Measuring instructions for Woodmont Doors are the same as those Quality Doors had.
The single most important thing about measuring for doors is: YOU are ordering EXACT door and drawer front sizes. Do not order by the size of your opening. Inset applications are rare but do exist. This will be discussed further in a moment.
Below are recommendations for measuring for face frame cabinetry with the most popular overlay option.
Why am I adding 1" in most cases?
European cup hinges are made by many manufacturers and carry several degrees of opening and overlay choices. Consideration should be given to your planned mounting method before sizing your doors.
Woodmont Doors can provide concealed face frame mount hinges for a 1/2" overlay.
Face frame distance between the top of your door and the bottom of your drawer front: you have a little play here. Your drawer fronts should still measure 1" wider and higher than your opening. Note where filler strips may be needed to accommodate dishwasher door swings and protrusions (for tight corner fits).
About inset applications (or flush as sometimes called). Many armoires and entertainment centers have inset doors. The doors are mounted inside the cabinet walls, not in front of them (no overlay). In this case, you may want your door to be 1/8" less in height and width than your opening, giving you 1/16" clearance on all four sides. Or 1/4" less in height and width giving you 1/8" clearance on all four sides. If you believe your cabinets might be slightly out of square, opt for having 1/8" clearance on all 4 sides. Again, inset kitchen cabinet doors are not that popular.
Three examples about pairs of doors:
1) a pair of OVERLAY doors closing toward each other with no center stile? Your overall width opening is 32" and the height opening is 40". Let's make the height of our doors 41", gives 1/2" top and bottom overlay. Now for the width, we want that 1/8" gap between doors. 32" + 1" divided by 2 would be 16-1/2". If the doors are 16-1/2", they will always bang into each other. Take 1/16" off each door and you create the 1/8" gap in the middle and keep your 1/2" overlay on the hinge side of the two doors. So your doors should be 16-7/16" wide.
1) a pair of OVERLAY doors closing toward each other with a center stile? If the stile is wide enough, opt for that 1/2" overlay on all 4 sides of the door. Treat each door individually and not as a pair. If the stile is extremely narrow, under 1-1/4", consider a 3/8" overlay on that side of the door.
3) a pair of INSET doors closing toward each other with no center stile? Your overall width opening is 32" and the height opening is 40". Let's make the height of our doors 39-3/4", gives 1/8" top and bottom gap. Now for the width, we want that 1/8" on the left and the right and 1/8" between the doors in the middle so they don't pinch. 32" minus 1/8" three times is 31-5/8". Cut that in 2 because we have two doors, and our door widths are 15-13/16" each.
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