HOW TO ATTACH FURNITURE HANDLES

Furniture handles are relatively easy to attach; all we need are the following basic hand tools:

  • Carpenter’s angle
  • Tape measure
  • Sharpened pencil
  • Hand drill with 5mm drill bit
  • PZ2 screwdriver
  • Hand size piece of wood or MDF
Furniture handle Halti

POSITION OF FURNITURE HANDLES ON DOORS

Our work is easy if we wish to replace faulty kitchen handles with new models of the same type because all we have to do is attach the new ones using the existing holes without any drilling. However, if we wish to attach handles to new doors, we need to properly determine their position. As a rule, handles and knobs should be placed on the upper part of the door in the case of bottom elements and on the lower part in the case of hanging elements on the side opposite the hinges. 

If we want to attach single handles or knobs on drawers, the handle or knob position should be front central. When drawers are very wide, a handle should be attached at each side; in such cases, the width of the front should be divided into thirds and handles attached at the points where the first and second thirds and second and third thirds intersect.

It is occasionally difficult to determine exact positions and in such cases double-sided adhesive tape makes things easier: handles can be temporarily attached and moved until we get the correct position to mark appropriately before drilling.

A practical tip: if we’re replacing old handles, it is best to do so with longer ones that cover the holes made to attach the ones being replaced.

WHAT SIZE FURNITURE HANDLE IS BEST?

Before deciding on the dimensions of handles and knobs, it’s best to decide whether we’re going to attach handles or knobs, or a combination of both. If we have a combination of large and small doors and drawers, combinations are a great choice. But if we only have large doors, such as wardrobes and garages, it’s best to use longer handles. It’s important that handles and knobs are dimensionally proportionate to the dimensions of the doors. Certain sets of furniture have very different door dimensions, which is why our handles are available in several dimensions. Our screw dimensions are generally as follows: 64, 96, 128, 160, 192, 256, 320 mm, that is, with intervals of 32 or 64 mm.

Practicality is equally important; it’s best to choose long handles in which four fingers can easily be placed to make opening large doors easier.

Wood Drill Bit

DRILLING HOLES FOR HANDLES

Once we’ve appropriately marked our doors or draws for screws, we can start drilling. We recommend using a wood drill bit with a diameter of 5 mm; such drill bits allow for slight deviations when drilling; we could also use a 4 mm drill bit, but this would require higher precision.

Before drilling the first hole, re-check all distances and positions, that is 64, 96, 128, 160mm and the like. Always drill holes from the front side of the door so that hinges are on the inner side. We can make our work easier by removing doors from cabinets when possible.     

It is best to press a piece of wood or MDF on the opposite side of where we’re drilling to prevent exit hole tearing. Note: be careful not to drill into your palm or finger.

Drill slowly, smartly and at the correct angle to the surface, that is at a right angle. Pay special attention when drilling for handles with minimal profiles, such as the minimalist Pronto Handle).

PZ-2 Screwdriver

SCREWING IN HANDLES

In principle, all furniture handles come with standard 22 or 25 mm M4 cross-head screws for attaching. Place the handles over the drilled holes then screw in both screws until the handle is almost flush to the door, then check positioning before completing with a hand held cross-head screwdriver, as this will ensure screw heads, handles, and frontings are not damaged.

If the screws included with the handle don’t fit, find new ones that do. Screws of the following lengths are available: 8, 10, 12, 15, 18, 22, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 mm and longer. A screw should be driven approximately 5 mm or more into the wood or MDF behind the handle.

Screw for handles M4

Now that your handles are attached, take a few steps back and look at your masterpiece!

We’ve shown you the basics for attaching furniture handles in this article and look forward to receiving any tips and ideas you have, so please write them in the comments below. Other readers will appreciate it.

Should you have any additional questions, contact us at info@lcc.si.

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