Common Problems & Mistakes Replacing Kitchen Doors

As with any home improvement project, when replacing kitchen doors, a little experience goes a long way and it is all too easy to make mistakes the first time around. With thousands of projects under our belts we want to share some of the common mistakes we see here and help you ensure your project goes to plan.

If you are unsure or have any questions about how to measure up, how to fit, or in relation to the tips in this article then please get in touch


  • Removing your old doors
  • Removing the hinges
  • Fitting the hinges
  • Attaching the doors to the cabinet
  • Fine Adjustments

If you are yet to purchase your replacement kitchen doors then take a look at our comprehensive kitchen door range that covers everything from standard sizes to fully bespoke made-to-measure doors. 

Replacing Kitchen Doors – The Top Mistakes 

The below are the top five mistakes we see when upgrading your kitchen by replacing kitchen doors and drawers. 

1. Not double checking all measurements

Any carpenter will tell you that you need to measure up twice. It is just so easy to get things wrong at this stage and end up with doors that don’t quite fit that ruins the look you are going for. 

To help ensure you measure up correctly read our measuring up guide and print off our free graph paper and measuring up guide.  

2. Not measuring each door individually

There can be a good deal of variation in your units so ensure you measure each door individually and make a numbered plan that details specifically which door should go where. 

3. Not ordering all the doors 

Whilst it sounds obvious, without a clear plan it is all too easy to miss a door or drawer front in your grand plan. 

4. Not replacing drawer boxes

Whilst most cabinets are pretty solid, drawerboxes can take quite a battering over the years. Replacing your drawer boxes can be another simple way to ensure you breath new life into your kitchen and that the structural integrity of your draws matches the shiny new finish. 

5. Not replacing the hinges

Hinges are another element that can suffer from obvious wear and tear so fully inspect your hinges as you measure up your doors to determine if they are still in full working order. The last thing you want is to find your hinges are not up to the job when attaching your new doors. 

You need a plan

You may have noticed that there is a common thread here and that is that you need a plan. Professionals have plans. Doctors have treatment plans. Pilots have flight plans. For your project to go to plan you need a plan. That is what separates the experts from the have-a-go-heroes that get it all wrong.

The simplest way to plan this out is to read our measuring guide and then detail everything on our free kitchen planning and measuring guide.   
If you follow this simple guide you will avoid the obvious pitfalls when replacing your kitchen doors. If you also buy your doors from Lark & Larks then you will benefit from our passionate pre-sales and after-sales support – get in touch if you have any questions.