How to Fix a Cabinet Door That Fell Off

How to Fix a Cabinet Door That Fell Off

It’s a typical morning when you walk into your kitchen to find that the cabinet door has fallen off. What do you do? The good news is that it’s not as difficult to fix this problem as one might think! You can save money by fixing a cabinet door that fell off yourself. Read on this blog post for how to fix a cabinet door that fell off with just some simple steps.

5 Possible Reasons Why Cabinet Door Could Fell Off

Cabinet doors that have fallen off can be caused by a variety of reasons, including:

  • The hinges may be damaged and need to be replaced.
  • The doorknob or handle was removed and not properly put back in place. 
  • The screws that hold the cabinet door onto the frame have become loose over time, causing it to fall off.
  • Lack of maintenance has contributed a great deal to the door falling off.
  • There is some sort of defect in your cabinet’s construction, which too contributed to the fallen door.

Instructions: How to Fix a Cabinet Door That Fell Off

1. Remove the Hinges From the Back:

Remove the screws that hold the hinges to the back of the cabinet door and remove them. Keep track of which screw was for which hole so you can reattach all of the screws in their correct location when you put it back on.

Remove Door hinge From Cabinet Door

2. Screw New Hinges:

You can buy replacement cabinet door hinges at a hardware store.  Take the hinges to the home improvement store and pick one that looks like it will fit your cabinet door perfectly.  Attach the new hinges on by screwing in all of the screws on the backside using your drill.

3. Check if You Need a Filler Strip:

If you have an older home, your doorframe and the surrounding area may be made of wood. You may need a filler strip to make sure the cabinet door is level with the frame on both sides.

The filler piece of wood can be bought at a home improvement store or lumberyard. Cut it to fit using a sawtooth blade on a miter saw. Nail the filler piece onto the back of the frame using a nail gun. Attach your hinges to it.

4. Reattach Cabinet Door:  

Once you have the filler strip attached, reattach your cabinet door by screwing in all of your screws with an electric screwdriver (if possible).  Ensure that all of the hinges are screwed back on even with the door, which can be adjusted by adjusting the screws. 

5. Purchase and Install a New Cabinet Door:

If you’re not comfortable fixing your own cabinet door, buying a brand new one at a hardware store or a home improvement store is always an option.  Make sure to buy a door that has the same dimensions as the previous one and have them cut it down into smaller pieces for you so they can carry it to your car for you. 

Installing new Cabinet Door

6. Call a Professional:  

If you’re not comfortable fixing your cabinet door yourself, you can call a woodworker or carpenter to do it for you. They can measure the area around the hole that your current cabinet door is coming out of and cut down a new door to replace it.

7. Install Hinges on Both Sides of the Cabinet Door:

If your cabinet door will only be attached with one set of hinges, you’ll either have a smaller hole in the back or no space for another set of hinges. So instead, attach the second set of hinges on the same side to expand the area that you can attach screws into and attach it on.  If you want more than two sets of hinges, purchase a hinge made for the job at a hardware store.

Tips To Prevent Cabinet Door Falling Off

  • Check for loose hardware, and tighten the hinge screws or bolts as needed.
  • Replace broken hinges with matching replacement parts.
  • Replace worn-out grease on joints’ bearings to restore friction between the door and frame
  • Check if there’s any damage, such as cracks around the hinges, and reinforce it from further damage by veneering wood over the area or adding another layer of paint.
  • Replace the door if parts are broken beyond repair and replace it with a new one that fits better in its frame.
  • Check for worn-out rollers and replace any that is too loose and isn’t rolling smoothly anymore; otherwise, substitute them with smoother ones to maximize movement.
  • Check for and remove any obstruction that may be a reason why the door isn’t properly closing, such as objects blocking its way to the frame or wall.

How Do You Fix a Broken Cabinet Hinge?

Fixing the broken hinge may be an easy process, but it will involve removing wood from a cabinet’s frame to accommodate for the new size of the replacement part that can now fit in its place. So the first thing to do before trying any work on the cabinet’s door is to turn off the electricity by pulling out the plug, or you can also turn off the circuit breaker. You should then wrap a rag around the plug and pull it out to avoid electric shock.

After which, you can remove the hinge pin that holds both cabinet doors together by using pliers or something similar, and completely remove one door from its frame and navigate to where the broken part is located. Remember that there are different types of cabinet doors; some have hinges that connect the door to the frame, while others have hanging hinges that act as support for the door.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you fix a screw hole in a cabinet door?

A screw hole in a cabinet door can be fixed by using a piece of metal and a drill. However, you should use the drill to make sure that the metal does not go through the other side of the cabinet door.

First, remove any screws from the old screw hole before drilling it out with a drill bit sized to fit snugly into your new screw head. Then insert your new screw into your newly drilled hole and tighten until it is flush with the surrounding surface.

How do you fix a door that came off the hinges?

The first thing you should do is to remove the door from the hinges and replace them. If this doesn’t work, then you will need to put some wood strips on the hinge side of the door so that it can be fixed in place.

If all else fails, call a professional for help as they are usually able to fix doors that came off their hinges without any hassle.

Can I Screw Into Wood Filler?

Yes, you can screw it into the wood filler. Wood filler is an excellent material to use for the screw head because it has a natural lubricant that will prevent the screws from being damaged by the wood.

However, if you want to be extra safe, you can use glue or even epoxy as well.

How Do You Fill a Door Latch?

First, you need to locate the door latch.

Next, find the hole where the spring is and push it down so that it is fully inserted into the latch.

Then, you will need to take a screwdriver and push it through the hole that was created by pushing down on the spring until you feel resistance. Then turn clockwise or counterclockwise depending on what type of lock you have.


It’s time to get your cabinet door back on track! Here in this blog post, we have given some tips for how to fix a cabinet door that fell off. It is possible that the screw holes were stripped, so you can try using a drill and screws with larger heads in order to fit them into the hole.

If this doesn’t work, there might be a deeper problem such as water damage or termites that need repair before any further action can occur. Make sure to call an expert if this happens because fixing these problems could cost more than just buying a new cabinet door altogether.

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Angela Ervin

Angela Ervin

Angela is the executive editor of DIY quickly. She began her career as an interior designer before applying her strategic and creative passion to lifestyle and home. She has close to 15 years of experience in creative writing and online content strategy for housekeeping, home decorations as well as other niche efforts. She loves her job and has the privilege of working with an extraordinary team. She lives with her husband, two sons, and daughter in Petersburg. When she's not busy working she spent time with her family.

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