Make Beadboard Cabinet Doors - Step by step instructions for measuring your own face frame cabinets for new cabinet doors. Most cabinet businesses want you to give them the true door sizes in contrast to the rough openings. Rough openings will be the actual measurements of the rectangular holes on your cabinets that you want to cover with cabinet doors. You'll need to take these dimensions and convert them into doorway sizes before you order. Check your cabinet openings to see whether they're square. If the dimensions are exactly the same, then your opening is square.
If they aren't, then you will want to gauge the diameter at the top and bottom and then take the larger of both. Same thing goes for the elevation, measure height on the left and right sides and take the larger of both. At this point you have the rough opening dimensions. So to make it easier to match your new doors to your existing openings, you may want to make a sketch of your cabinets and number them on paper. This is going to make mounting the new doors much easier, especially if you've got many doors which are close to the same size. Now that you've got the rough opening dimensions, what do you do together?
You finally have to make a decision. How many overlays do you want to have in your face frame cabinets? Keep in mind how broad are the stiles between openings? Stiles is the vertical strips covering the edges of the cabinet box. If two doors are side by side and hinge to hinge, they'll either require clearance to swing open without hitting the other doorway, even if this door is open as well. The quantity of clearance is mostly a function of which hinge you are using. Check with your hinge maker to discover how much you really want. Most hinges will require anywhere from zero clearance till a quarter of a inch.
You'll also need to see how much clearance there is between the surface of the opening along with your countertop or drawer fronts. Check the bottom for any decorative moldings that may hit the bottom of your doors and adjust accordingly. Most face frame overlay doors have an overlay from a quarter of an inch to as much as three-quarters of an inch. Rarely, you may have overlays outside this choice, however they do occur and are usually for only a couple of doors on a classic cabinet. An overlay of one-half inch is probably the most common, and also the one we'll use for our cases.
We'll also assume that there aren't any obstacles such as narrow stiles, or drawer fronts, counter tops, or decorative moldings to interfere with our half inch overlay. For single openings, that is a opening on your cabinets which will have one door covering the entire opening, take the height and width of the opening and then add one inch to the height and width and that is going to give you a half inch overlay on all four sides. For instance, if the rough opening is sixteen inches broad and thirty-two inches tall, you will require a door 5 inches broad and thirty-three inches tall.