Hanging cabinets are storage compartments that are hung against walls, usually in the kitchen. Because of combined stress from gravity and time, the hanging cabinet's doors tend to sag making closing difficult if not impossible. Calling a contractor or builder for minor things like this can be excessive and impractical, unless the problem lies on faulty alignment or unequal corners in the walls. But simple cabinet problems brought about by age can be corrected with an easy do-it-yourself trick.
You may find the following steps helpful in fixing your hanging cabinet:
- Assess the extent of your cabinet's damage. Sometimes a little tightening of the screws will fix it.
- If the problem lies in a part of the cabinet door that is misaligned, you may need to set the screws loose first.
- Loosen and remove the upper screws first, followed by the bottom screws. Always work alternating between these two.
- Assess which part is misaligned, and then with screws removed, adjust the door by repositioning the complete opposite corner of the misaligned part.
- To be sure, you may use a big sturdy ruler or any object with a flat surface to be placed against the bottom part of both doors, to ensure alignment.
- Set the adjustment in the hinges. Often times you may need to create another screw hole right beside the old ones.
- Be sure to fill the old holes to eliminate. This will then create a flattened or smooth surface.
- Create a screw hole by a nail which is hammered just enough for it to adhere on the surface. Then manually push it outward.
- With a new set of screws, secure the doors to the rest of the cabinet's body.
If the screws are just plain loose and keep on slipping out of the holes this may have resulted from the wear and tear. In this instance, you may need to fill up the holes to retighten the screws.
- Dab some wood slivers with glue and insert them in the holes. This will fill the gap allowing retightening of the replaced screws.
- New screws can be wider and longer, but would still fit the hinges. This will allow the new screws to be drilled deeper into the holes.
- If the problem lies on the side of the cabinet doors, you may need to replace the door all together. The wood may have been deformed or bent out of shape.
- If the hinges are old and rusty you may need to replace them too. This time choose a self-closing one, with springs that will keep the doors closed.
You have a lot of reasons to keep your cabinet doors close at all times, more than the aesthetic and orderly effect. It is a way of ensuring that the contents inside are free from any form of infestation and unnecessary humidity. To lengthen the functional life of your cabinet you should be able to assess it from time to time and act on any damage or misalignment as soon as possible.