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How to measure for your new cabinet doors

Before you get started

We care about your satisfaction with your new cabinet doors, so please make sure you measure as precisely as possible. If your measurements are off, your cabinet doors won’t fit properly!

If you’re not sure whether your measurements are correct, please contact us, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.


Now, let’s get started.

First, get paper, pencil and tape measure ready.

Tips, direct from the pros:

  • If you’re replacing your cabinet doors, remove them completely before measuring .
  • Remember the old adage, “Measure twice, cut once?” It’s still true! Double check your measurements.
  • Getting down to the nitty gritty: measure door openings to the nearest 1/16″
  • “Don’t worry, I’ll remember it!” -says everyone, right before they forget. Write down your measurements! AND, don’t forget to note width x height. You won’t want to mix those up.

Measure your cabinet openings:
Measure from inside edge to inside edge, side to side and top to bottom.

Remember: double check your measurements, and write them down with the words “width” and “height.”

Figuring door size: Add a “door overlay” to your cabinet opening measurements, so the door edges extend past the cabinet opening on all sides.

Tips, direct from the pros: Since the typical cabinet door overlay is ½” on all sides, you can easily calculate your door measurements by simply adding one inch to your cabinet opening width and height. So, if your cabinet opening measurements are 14″ width x 32″ height, your door measurements should be 15″ width x 33″ height.
Of course, if you want a custom overlay or a different type of cabinet door, like an inset or Lazy Susan door, your measurements will differ.