A SIMPLE GUIDE TO MEASURING CABINET DOORS AND DRAWER FRONTS
How to Order First Source Cabinet Doors and Drawer Fronts
2. Record measurements for the doors you want. If needed, you can refer to the measuring guide below for proper measuring technique.
Measuring Cabinet Doors
Door sizes should always be measured width first and height second.
Measuring Framed Cabinetry (Also called Face Frame Cabinetry):
- Framed cabinets are usually made from the same wood type as the cabinet doors. All hardware is attached to the face frames.
- Framed cabinet hinge overlay sizes are 1/4″, 1/2″, 5/8″, 3/4″, 1″, and 1 1/4″. Typical overlay is 1/2″.
- The standard overlay is 1/2″, which means your door sizes should be ordered 1″ wider AND 1″ taller than the opening for most projects.
Measuring Frameless Cabinets (Also called Full-Overlay or European Style Cabinetry):
- Frameless cabinets can be measured in two different ways – using the overlay method mentioned above or measuring the existing doors. You will need to determine overlays and hinges you will be using.
- Frameless cabinets do not have face frames. All hardware is mounted to the sides of the box.
- For 5/8″ boxes, use a 1/2″ overlay (usually add 1″ to width and height).
- For 3/4″ boxes, use a 5/8″ overlay (usually add 1 1/4″ to width and height).
Measuring Drawer Fronts
Measuring drawer fronts is similar to the methods used for cabinet doors. You should remove the drawers for this process unless you are using the existing drawers. Removing your drawers will make measurements easier and allow you to identify any obstructions you need to account for.