How to stop cabinet doors from opening too far – installation instructions.
Note: The following video and written installation instructions are to be used as a general guide. The suggested mounting dimensions will allow your cabinet door to be stopped when opened approximately 90 degrees. While perfect for some, your desired opening angle may differ. Please adjust your measurements accordingly.
Our cabinet door restraint kits are the perfect and affordable way to keep your cabinet doors from opening too far and damaging nearby walls, appliances, and other cabinetry. Installation is fast and simple. Relax. We’ve thought of everything. Just follow the steps below or watch the video above.
Tools you will need: Drill, 1/8” drill bit, Phillips screwdriver, pencil/marker, masking tape, tape measure.
Caution: Since many cabinets use cabinet tops and bottoms that are only 1/2″ thick, the 1/2″ long screws we provide with our cabinet door restraint kits will work with most cabinet doors and cabinet bottoms/tops without coming through the other side. Please make sure that your cabinet doors and cabinet bottoms/tops are of sufficient thickness before proceeding. Additionally, to ensure you don’t drill too far when drilling your pilot holes, place a piece of tape on the drill bit to act as a depth gauge. See the video for details.
There are many different ways you could install our cabinet door restraint. The directions that follow are for the most common installation. These instructions assume your cabinet bottoms or cabinet tops are flush with the face frame of your cabinet. If this is not the case, you can attach the cabinet end of your door stop on the bottom of or behind your face frame just as easily. If you have frameless (case type or modular) cabinets, your installation is easy as well. In addition to these instructions, we have created an easy to follow installation video. You can watch it here.
1) Open your cabinet door and measure out 7″ from the back of the door and about 1″ down from the top and make your first mark on the back of the door. This will be where we drill the first hole.
2) Using your drill and your 1/8” drill bit with the tape applied as a depth guide, drill a pilot hole in the back of the door.
3) Using the screws provided and your drill or screwdriver, attach one end of the cabinet door restraint to the back of the door with the restraint pointing back towards the cabinet.
4) Next, grab the loose end of the restraint and hold it tight while you position the door at your desired opening angle. Use your pencil or marker to mark the next screw location on the cabinet top, bottom or the edge of the face frame.
5) Now drill the second hole and screw the other end of the restraint to the cabinet. It’s important to not screw this screw down tight. It needs to be loose enough to allow the restraint to pivot out of the way when closing the door.
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