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. Make sure to 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, there’s a good chance that your doorframe and the surrounding area are made of wood. If this is true, you may need a filler strip to ensure that the cabinet door is even with the frame on both sides.  The filler piece of wood can be bought at a home improvement store or lumberyard and then cut to fit using a sawtooth blade on a miter saw. Next, nail the filler piece onto the backside of the frame using a nail gun and then 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 really not comfortable doing this task yourself, call a woodworker or a carpenter to come out and fix your cabinet door 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.


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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