How to Adjust Your Wardrobe Doors

Adjusting your wardrobe doors is an affordable and easy fix, even for novice DIYers.

Whether you’re fitting new wardrobe doors, which aren’t closing properly, they’re looking a bit wonky, you have gaps in between the doors, or they bump into each other when you open your wardrobe. 

Read our guide to learn how to adjust your wardrobe doors so that they are properly aligned and you can open and close the door with ease.

What You’ll Need

When adjusting wardrobe doors, the only thing you’ll need is a standard screwdriver with a tip that fits the wardrobe’s screws. It’s best not to use a power drill as it could slip and risk damaging the door.

Adjusting your Wardrobe Doors

As you can see from the image below, each screw on your wardrobe’s hinge moves the door in a different direction. Screw A adjusts the door side to side, screw B adjusts the door up and down, and screw C adjusts the door in and out. Use this diagram as a guide when aligning your wardrobe doors.

How to Adjust Wardrobe Doors Side-to-Side / Left and Right (Screw A)

Adjusting closet doors from side to side is the most common fix required. A key sign that you need this type of adjustment is that the door doesn’t close properly and the distance between the doors is off.

If this is the case, you’ll need to loosen or tighten the side-to-side screws (screw A) to move the door to the right or left.

The aim of these adjustments is to make sure the door is not too close to the wardrobe unit nor too far away so that you can open and close the door with ease.

To move your doors from side to side, turn the screw labelled A. To move the door closer to the wardrobe, turn the screw in a clockwise direction until it tightens.

To move the door further away from the wardrobe, turn the screw anti-clockwise. Adjust one or both hinges on each door depending on how much correction it needs.

How to Adjust Wardrobe Doors Up and Down / Vertically (Screw B)

This type of wardrobe door adjustment is usually required when the wardrobe door is too high or too low.

Usually, the two screws on the high backplate are adjusted incorrectly, which causes the door to hang higher or lower than you want it to and prevents it from closing properly.

To alter the vertical height, turn the screw labelled as B that adjusts the door up and down. Loosen the screws, adjust the door up or down to the desired height, then retighten them once you’re happy.

Remember that when you loosen the two screws the door will drop, so you may need the help of a friend or family member to support the weight of the door whilst you adjust it.

How to Adjust Wardrobe Doors In and Out / Depth (Screw C)

To change the depth of the doors, adjust the in-and-out screws (screw C) until the door is aligned with the side of the wardrobe cabinet. 

If the door doesn’t meet the unit at the top, adjust the top hinge toward the cabinet and adjust the bottom hinge away from the cabinet. If the door gap is at the bottom, do the opposite.

Test the Door

Finally, close the door after each adjustment to make sure each adjustment improves the hinge so that you can open the door easily and it is level with the wardrobe carcass. This will allow you to see whether it needs further adjustment, and, if it does, allows you to make any necessary adjustments.

Need More Advice?

Get in touch today for more help adjusting your wardrobe doors. And read our bedroom measuring guide for further information on installing your fitted wardrobe doors. Drop us an email or give us a call and we are always happy to offer expert advice on any aspect of your new bedroom.