Common Cabinet Problems and How to Fix Them

Posted on: October 18, 2021

In the kitchen, cabinet problems are inevitable. Your life as a homeowner and a full-time family member will be bothered by these concerns from time to time. But the good news is that there are many ways to ensure that you don’t have to heavily deal with some common cabinet problems if you know how to spot and fix them.

Poor Maintenance

 Cabinet doors and drawers can crack, warp or just fall off. Sometimes it’s not the hardware itself that is at fault, but poor maintenance of the items themselves. If the door is cracked, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to replace the whole thing, but you might want to think about painting it. If the drawer is warped, there are many things you can do to fix the problem yourself.



 Another common reason that cabinets fall apart is due to moisture. Moisture causes the wood to expand, creating pockets and holes in the material, making it easier for water to get in, causing the whole thing to swell and shrink. If the door or drawer is damaged, all you have to do is remove things inside the cabinet, get some dry towels and immediately wipe the cabinet parts that are moist to dry them up.


Once done, depending on the damage brought by moisture repair the cabinets. If it is delaminated, you can use the carpenter’s glue and clamps to use for repair.


Cabinet Peeling

 If the damaged part is due to moisture resulted in cabinet peelings, simply dry the cabinets and use a wood veneer over the damaged part. If you do this, make sure you buy a good quality veneer, as thin veneers will crumble and become useless. If you don’t want to use wood veneers, you might consider replacing the cabinet altogether.


Many people do this because they don’t like the way cabinets look in their homes. You can also try repainting them instead. It’s important to make sure you only use high-gloss paint for these jobs, as anything less than that will show through the wood.


Cabinet Doors Don’t Close Properly

 Other problems about cabinet doors that don’t open and close properly. Gaps between the door and the frame often happen due to a problem with one of the hinges. When a hinge is loose, it is time to grab a screwdriver and tighten the loose screws.


But if the cabinet hinges seem fine, but the cabinet door is still not properly shut, then the problem might be with the cabinet door itself. Warped cabinet doors can be fixed by using a magnetic mount and a strike plate added to the cabinet so cabinet doors stay properly closed.


Extra tip: If you also happen to have problems with drawers that bang when pushed to a close, use and attach bumpers to take extra care of those cabinet doors and drawers. 

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