Common Kitchen Cabinet Issues and How To Fix Them


Kitchen cabinets, like everything else in your home, have a life span. Things begin to break down after years of wear and tear. The question is, what is wrong with your kitchen cabinets? There are a few common kitchen cabinet issues that we’re going to explore and let you know how to fix them.

Crooked Cabinet Door

Fixing a crooked cabinet door could be as simple as tightening a few screws—especially if your cabinets have European hinges. Screws can come loose as you open and close the cabinets. European hinges adjust in three directions while other types adjust in two.

The depth screw is the one you’ll want to adjust. Loosen the screw a bit, tap the door into place, and then tighten it back. You may also have to replace an entire hinge if the tightened screw doesn’t solve the problem.

Loose Cabinet Knobs

If your knobs or handles continue to come loose, it’s time to use thread adhesive to hold the knobs in place. Twisting them back on and into place won’t solve the problem. Reattach the knob or handle back into place with a small amount of thread adhesive on the screw. If you ever want to change out the hardware, use a screwdriver to remove the screw.

Pro Tip

When you’re looking for a thread adhesive, ensure it’s a removable type.

Not Closing Properly

Cabinet doors not closing properly indicates that you have a stripped screw. Glue and toothpicks are all you need to fix the kitchen cabinet issue. Dip toothpicks in glue and then fill the hole with the toothpicks. Clean off any excess glue and cut the toothpicks down until they’re flush. Drive the screw into the toothpick-filled hole, and you’re good to go! Ensure you allow everything to dry before you drill in the screw.

Warped Cabinets

Moisture is the main culprit of warped cabinets. The wood expands and creates pockets where the water sneaks its way in. Then, the entire kitchen cabinet repeatedly swells and shrinks, causing damage. Quickly wipe away any spilled liquid on the doors or inside the cabinet. You may consider replacing the cabinets altogether if the damage is too bad.

Well, there you have it. Take a step back into the kitchen to determine which kitchen cabinet issue you’re dealing with and start the fixing process.

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