Soft Close For Inset Cabinet Doors - Step-by-step instructions for measuring your own face frame cabinets for new cabinet doors. Most cabinet companies would like you to provide them the actual door dimensions rather than the rough openings. Rough openings will be the actual measurements of these rectangular holes on your cabinets that you would like to cover with cabinet doors. You'll have to take these dimensions and convert them into door dimensions before you order. Assess your cabinet openings to find out whether they're square. This is easily achieved by measuring diagonally from corner to corner both ways.
If they are not, then you will want to measure the width at the top and bottom and then take the bigger of both. Same thing goes for the elevation, measure height on the left and side and take the bigger of both. You now have the rough opening dimensions. So to make it easier to match your new doorways to your current openings, you may want to make a sketch of your cabinets and number them on paper. This will make mounting the new doors considerably easier, particularly in the event that you have several doors that are close to 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 on your face frame cabinets? Bear in mind how wide are the stiles between openings? If two doorways are side by side and hinge to hinge, they will both need clearance to swing open without hitting another door, even if that door is open also. The amount of clearance is mostly a function of which hinge you're using. Check with your own hinge maker to find out how much you need. Most hinges will require anywhere from zero clearance up to a quarter of a inch.
Examine the bottom for any decorative moldings that may hit the base of your doors and adjust accordingly. Most face frame overlay doors have an overlay in the quarter of an inch to as much as three-quarters of the inch. Rarely, you may have overlays outside this choice, however they do occur and are often for only a couple of doors on a classic cabinet. An overlay of six-pack inch is possibly the most common, and the one we'll use for our cases.
We'll also assume that there are not any barriers like narrow stiles, or drawer fronts, countertop lips, or decorative moldings to interfere with our half inch overlay. For unmarried openings, that is a opening on your cabinets that will have a door covering the entire opening, take the width and height of the opening and then add one inch to the width and height and that will provide you a half inch overlay on all four sides. For example, if the rough opening is sixteen inches wide and thirty-two inches tall, you'll require a door seventeen inches wide and one-hundred inches tall.