Recessed Medicine Cabinet Without Door - Step by step instructions for measuring your face frame cabinets for new cabinet doors. Most cabinet businesses want you to give them the actual door dimensions in contrast to the rough openings. Rough openings will be the actual measurements of the rectangular holes in your cabinets that you want to pay with cabinet doors. You will have to take these dimensions and convert them to doorway dimensions until you purchase. Assess your cabinet openings to find out whether they're square. This is readily accomplished by measuring diagonally from corner to corner both ways. If the dimensions are the same, then your opening is square.
If they are not, then you will want to measure the diameter at the top and bottom and take the larger of both. Same thing goes for the height, measure height on the left and side and take the larger of both. At this point you have the rough opening dimensions. To make it easier to fit your new doors to your current openings, you may want to produce a sketch of your cabinets and number them on paper. This is going to make mounting the new doors much easier, especially in the event that you have many doors which are near the identical size. Now that you have the rough opening dimensions, what do you do with them?
You finally have to make a decision. How many overlays would you wish 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 will both need clearance to swing open without hitting the other doorway, even if this door is open as well. The amount of clearance is mostly a function of which hinge you are using. Check with your own hinge maker to find out how much you really want. Most hinges will require anywhere from zero clearance till a quarter of an inch.
You will also have to realize how much clearance there is between the top of the opening and your countertop or drawer fronts. Examine the underside 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 up to three-quarters of an inch. Rarely, you may have overlays outside this range, however they do occur and are often for just a few doors on an old cabinet. An overlay of one-half inch is possibly the most common, and also the one we will use for our cases.
We will also assume that there are not any obstacles like narrow stiles, or drawer fronts, counter tops, or decorative moldings to interfere with our half inch overlay. For single openings, that is an opening in your cabinets which will have one door covering the whole opening, take the height and width of the opening and add one inch to the height and width and that is going to give you a half inch overlay on all four sides. As an instance, if the rough opening is sixteen inches broad and half dozen inches tall, you'll require a door 5 inches broad and thirty-three inches tall.