If you’ve ever bought new cabinet doors, drawers, or overlays, painted them and discovered they don’t fit in your space, you’re not alone. Installing or assembling wood doors require many considerations. The most common mistake is failing to get truly accurate measurements. Here are a few tricks for measuring correctly:



  • Always remember to measure twice, not once. Double checking your measurements will save you time and money.
  • The front of the cabinet door is not the measurement you need. Instead, accurately measure the cabinet openings and match them with the correct door sizes. Also, not all cabinet openings are square. If this is the case, note this in your measurements.
  • All measurements should be rounded to the nearest 1/16th of an inch.

Once you’re ready for assembly, lay out all pieces. Double check the measurements and the order to ensure everything is glued together correctly. Use small amounts of glue to prevent excess amounts seeping from joints; any excess can be removed by sanding the dovetail joints.

We’ve assembled the following resources to provide you with additional information and to ensure your project goes as smoothly as possible. If these resources don’t answer your specific questions, contact us, and we’ll be happy to help.