Cabinet Adjustment Tips


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KraftMaid designs much of its cabinetry to be adjustable by you, the customer. Over years of normal use, some screws and hinges may need to be tightened, or drawers and runners adjusted. Follow these easy DIY tips below to adjust your kitchen cabinet hinges, screws, drawer fronts, runners and soft-close cabinets for peak performance and extended life:


Kitchen Cabinet Hinge Adjustments

  • Wood Drawer Box
    If a drawer front looks crooked, first measure at each end of the drawer front to see if the height is the same. If not, slightly push the adjustment tab on the lower side toward the back of the drawer. To move a drawer front forward or back, you can rotate the tilt adjustment dial on the rear of each drawer to tilt the top of the drawer front forward. Rotate counterclockwise to raise the back of the door. Note: This adjustment can only be made PRIOR to installing decorative hardware (handles or knobs).
  • Metal Drawer Box
    Again, first measure at each end of the drawer front to see if the height is the same. If not, remove cover plate on the inside of the metal drawer box. Inside will be two screws, one for up-and-down adjustment and the other for adjusting the drawer front right to left.


Drawer Runner Adjustments

We construct our cabinetry using several types of self-adjusting drawer suspension systems. The drawer function and, in some cases, the options chosen by the purchaser determine the runner type used.

  • Side-mount runners (used only on roll-out trays and desk knee drawer cabinets)
  • Full-extension undermount runners with buffer system for soft-close drawers
  • Full-extension side-mount runners (used on drawer storage, desk double drawer and base pantry pull-out cabinets)

We equip side-mount runners with self-adjusting rear mounting clips. If roll-out trays rub or bind, remove the tray and check the position of the screws in the runner, as well as in the cabinet. You may need to retighten these screws to eliminate any interference or chafing.

Like side-mount runners, undermount runners come with self-adjusting rear mounting clips.

The ball-bearing-action undermount suspension system is galvanized. This precision runner also has self-adjusting rear mounting clips. One additional adjustment is possible with this system. To raise the drawer, simply move the orange lever on the front retainer clips back until the drawer is at the proper position. This is located on the underside of the drawer. To lower the drawer, move the gray levers forward until achieving the appropriate position.


Accessory Adjustments

We offer one of the most comprehensive line of storage solutions available. With more than 200 intelligent, attractive options, you're sure to find everything you need - and a place for everything you have. After installation, you may need to make a few final adjustments.


Low-Voltage Lighting Bulb Replacement

Whether used to highlight collectibles or to illuminate a countertop, our low-voltage lighting is an excellent and economical lighting source. To replace a bulb:

  • Make sure you turn it off and allow the bulb to cool completely.
  • Remove the plastic lens ring by turning it slightly and pulling downward.
  • Firmly grasp the miniature xenon bulb and pull it from the base in a horizontal motion. Oil from the skin can cause premature bulb failure, so grasp the new bulb with a tissue and insert the bulb into the fixture base.
  • Replace the lens ring.
  • Installation is now complete.

10- or 20-watt (max.) halogen bulbs are suitable for replacements.


Talk to us

If you have any questions about how to clean or care for your cabinetry, please don't hesitate to contact us. Call our toll free consumer line at 1-888-562-7744, contact us on Facebook or Twitter, or use our convenient contact form to email us directly.