Locks For Sliding Cabinet Doors - Step-by-step instructions for measuring your own face frame cabinets for new cabinet doors. Most cabinet companies want you to give them the true door sizes rather than the rough openings. Rough openings will be the actual measurements of the rectangular holes in your cabinets that you want to cover with cabinet doors. You will need to take these dimensions and convert them to door sizes before you purchase. Check your cabinet openings to find out if they are square. This is easily 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 then take the bigger of the two. Same thing goes for the height, measure height on the left and right sides and take the bigger of the two. You now have the rough opening dimensions. To make it easier to fit your new doors to your existing openings, you might want to produce a sketch of your cabinets and number them on paper. This is going to make mounting the new doors considerably 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 now have to make a determination. How many overlays would you wish to have in your face frame cabinets? Bear in mind how wide are the stiles between openings? If two doors 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 primarily a part of which hinge you are using. Check with your own hinge maker to discover how much you really need. Most hinges will need anywhere from zero clearance up to a quarter of a inch.
Examine the underside for any decorative moldings that might hit the bottom of your doors and fix accordingly. Most face frame overlay doors possess an overlay in the quarter of an inch to as much as three-quarters of an inch. Rarely, you might have overlays outside this choice, however they do occur and are usually for just a couple of doors on a classic cabinet. An overlay of six-pack inch is probably the most common, and the one we'll use for our examples.
For single openings, this can be a opening in your cabinets which will have one door covering the entire opening, choose the width and height of the opening and then add 1 inch to the width and height and that is going to give you a half inch overlay on all four sides. As an example, if the rough opening is sixteen inches wide and thirty-two inches tall, you'll need a door seventeen inches wide and thirty-three inches tall.