How to Measure Your Cabinet Doors and Drawer Fronts
Be sure to double check you measurements. If you are not using your old doors to order sizes, just add 1" to the height and width of your cabinet openings for both doors and drawer fronts. This gives you a 1/2" overlay all the way around the door or drawer front. List each door separately.
If you have a door opening that uses two doors butted together, measure the width of the opening and add 1" , Divide that in half, then subtract 1/16th from each door. This will give you room to adjust the center gap between the two doors after they are hung. You still add 1" to the height of the doors.
Always list the width first. (Example 16*28 door / 16*4 drawer front )
What can happen when you don't? A good example of what can happen concerns the sets of doors over most refrigerators and sometimes over stoves. The openings in these two places in the kitchen are often wider than they are tall. That means, if you make the mistake of listing the height first, the wood grain will be running the wrong way and you will have to re-order. This is the number one mistake people make when ordering. So please double check. Remember, measure twice so we only have to cut once. (Of course this is not a problem with our solid color doors since there is no grain.)
What About Lazy Susans?
If you have the kind of Lazy Susan door that mounts to a shelving unit and spins around inside the opening, Lazy Susan doors are simple to measure. Simply turn the door around inside the opening to measure the back side. Measure from the outside edge of the door to the point where the doors meet in the back ( left diagram A) and from the top to bottom (left diagram B) and mark your measurement with LS (Example: 11 x 27LS ) List Lazy Susans as 2 doors. The manufacturer will miter the back edges of the 2 doors to create the 90 degree angle you will need when installing them.
If you have the kind of Lazy Susan Door that mounts to the outside of the cabinet and both doors swing open with a piano hinge attaching them, it's a little different. Measure one side of the Lazy Susan opening (both sides should be the same, but not always) and add your overlay (usually 1/2") Then subtract 3/4" for the piano hinge to function in the corner (right diagram AA) List your doors separately with hinge boring requested for only one of the doors. You will need to make a note, requesting a square edge profile on one long side of the doors where the piano hinge will attach.
To prepare your drawers for the new drawer fronts, simply saw off the existing front making sure to leave square ends. Add a piece of pine to the front of the drawer to screw the new drawer front to. It is usually a good idea to pre-drill holes in the sides of the drawer for this purpose. Some extra sturdy drawers are even easier to prepare. Just cut off the overhang of the drawer front so the drawer will slide back into the cabinet flush with the frame. Make sure the remaining front is still solidly attached before installing your new drawer front with screws. One final note of caution: Be very careful not to put a screw through your new drawer front when attaching it. Pre-drilling the drawer itself is always a good idea.