HOW TO: Adjust European hinges

  1. Close the cabinet door and look closely at the direction(s) the door needs to move. Is it aligned with the other cabinet doors? Is the door set too high or too low? Does the door close all the way? Does it leave a gap or overlap too much?
  2. Open the door wide to access to the hinge.
  3. First adjust the hinge vertically. You likely need to adjust all the hinges on a door at once. To make the adjustment, loosen the top and bottom screws, then push the door up or down as necessary and firmly tighten the screws again.  Support the door as you loosen the hinge, or the door could slip or fall and be scratched or damaged.
  4. Next, adjust in the set screw at the front of the hinge (furthest screw toward back of the cabinet) to move the hinge in or out. Loosen this screw and push the door further in or push it further out. Try adjusting all the hinges in one direction at a time. It will help to prevent the weight of the door from pulling itself out of adjustment. Support the door, especially if you loosen all the in-out adjustment screws at once.
  5. Next adjust the set screw closest to the hinge (next to the cabinet opening) to bring the cabinet door corner / edge back toward the cabinet or push out away from the cabinet. Tighten this screw (turn clockwise) to move this corner of the door further toward the frame or loosen it (turn counterclockwise/anticlockwise) to move the door away from the frame.  You can also adjust a cabinet door that that is not hanging straight with this method. If the top is further to the left or right than the bottom, adjust the top and bottom hinges separately to correct the tilt.
  6. Close the cabinet doors at each step and review your progress. Make gradual corrections.
  7. This job is made much simpler with to people – one person holding the door and doing the moving and the other person screwing and unscrewing.