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  • Why Correctly Installing Drawer Handles & Knobs Matters

    How to install drawer pulls and knobs

    Nothing looks worse than knobs or handles which do not line-up correctly on cabinets or furniture. Correctly installing drawer pulls, fixed cabinet handles or knobs requires lining up holes consistently at same location on doors or drawers. The simplest way to create a cohesive install is to make a template to mark placement location of screw holes.

  • If installing bail pulls, handles or knobs: on just drawers or doors, one template will be necessary. 
  • If installing handles or knobs: on both drawers and doors two templates will be necessary. One for drawers and one for doors.

  • Create a cardboard or wood template:


    Create a template to accurately line up knobs and handles when installing

  • Cut two squares of cardboard or wood
  • Tape two squares together to form an upside down "T"
  • Determine location of knob on drawer or door. 
  • Edges of template square should line up with edges of cabinet doors or drawers.
  • Line vertical square up with bottom and side of cabinet door; push horizontal square (flat base) of template up against underside of cabinet door.  
  • Mark screw-hole location on template, with template held in place
  • Drill small hole through template at screw-hole location
  • Mark each screw-hole location, with an awl or pencil, using template
  • Note: if also using on drawers a second template will need to be created in the same manner as described above, marking the knob location on the drawer front

  • Handles

  • Follow the above directions, with the exception of marking two screw-holes, they must be set the correct boring distance apart
  • Boring: distance from the center of one mounting hole to the center of the second mounting hole
  • Overall Size: widest measurement x tallest measurement

  • Once the template is created it should be easy to locate and mark location of holes on multiple drawers or doors without having to re-measure.
    If handles and knobs are-not lined up in a straight, cohesive pattern, appearance of furniture and cabinets will look be amateurish.


    Drilling drawer pull and knob mounting holes:

    How to measure the boring distance on a drawer pull
  • Drill marked location using correct size drill bit (see chart below)
  • For Softwoods: use a drill-bit approximately 1/64” smaller than target hole size
  • For Hardwoods: use a drill-bit the same-size as the target hole size

  • Estimated Wood Screw Diameters



    Thread Diameter


    Approximate Fractional Measurement























    Using Eyebolts

    While eyebolts will accommodate most drawer and door thickness there are occasional times where they are not long enough. Historically, when this happened, a small circular area was carved out around the screw hole. The eyebolt then does not need to be as long, as the nut is inset into the wood.  This is seen on antique drawer and door interiors which were made of very thick wood or had raised panels.

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