How To Customize Cabinet Doors with Fabric

You can spice up the look of your cabinets by replacing the doors with fabric. This way, you can move away from the plain old look that your wooden cabinets have always had. This is also a good way to replace any kitchen cabinet wood that might be in need of repainting or repair. Cabinet doors do get a lot of wear and tear through the years. You have the option of replacing these with new ply board or plywood, or simply retain the frame and customize them using fabric.

Fabric cabinet doors offer a touch of homey warmth. These would be at home with any kitchen.

What you need:

  • Nice fabric
  • Small curtain rods
  • Curtain rod hardware (for hanging the curtain rods)
  • Jig saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Screwdriver

Purchase or recycle fabric. Look for nice fabric that will fit your kitchen well. You can usually go for ones that have small, repetitive prints, or floral designs. It’s up to you what kind of design you will use. If you have leftover fabrics from drapes or curtains, these will do (it makes sense to save money). However, you can usually purchase fabric from a store that specializes in upholstery, drapery or fabrics.

Measure your cabinet doors and make sure that the fabric panels for each door will be of adequate height (give about four inches allowance for the top and bottom hems), and thrice the width of the doors.

Cut away your cabinet doors.
Uninstall the cabinet doors from their hinges using a screw driver. Then, measure two inches from each edge and cut the inside of the cabinet doors using your jigsaw. Smoothen newly-cut inner edges with your sandpaper.

Make fabric panels. Cut your fabric into panels that are about four inches higher than the newly-cut portion of your cabinet doors, and about thrice as wide. You will need to hem the top and bottom of the panels. Make space for curtain rods to go through the top and bottom.

Install curtain rod hardware. Install curtain rod hardware at the top and bottom portions of the cabinet door. These should allow the small curtain rod to carry the fabric such that the entire hole is covered.

Install the curtain rods. Insert the curtain rods through the top and the bottom of the fabric panel. Then, install the curtain rods onto the hardware. By this time, the curtain rod should be firmly attached to the door, and the fabric should fully cover the window you made through the cabinet door. Make sure that the fabric is evenly distributed throughout the width of the cabinet door, and that it gathers evenly at the top and bottom.

Reinstall your cabinet doors. Replace your cabinet doors onto their hinges. Repeat these steps on all other cabinet doors in your kitchen.

Customizing your kitchen cabinets with fabric can breathe new life into the design of your kitchen. Not only will you have a nicer kitchen, you can also save money on other redesign or cabinet door replacement costs.


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