How To Measure Cabinet Openings For New Cabinet Doors

How To Measure Cabinet Openings For New Cabinet Doors

If you’re searching for how to measure cabinet openings for new cabinet doors, you’re not alone!  Thousands of home owners across the country take refacing their cabinetry by replacing cabinet doors each year.  By doing the work themselves and buying their cabinet doors straight from the factory online homeowners save thousands.

This post will discuss the correct way to go about getting the measurements for your cabinet openings, and how to go about ordering either single and double cabinet doors for covering the openings on your cabinets. This exercise consists of a face-frame sample to show how to get the measurements, and the illustrations for how the overlay on the openings will go on the cabinet doors (which will be animated). I will also be showing the formula used in calculating the size for either the single or the double doors that will be needed for the opening.

Beginning with the single door

First, you will need to measure the cabinets opening’s width and the height. This is the process that the video will show. For the face-frame. The opening’s width will be 11” and the height will be 13”. It is common for the design of cabinet doors to be a little bit larger than the opening, this is what we refer to as an overlay, whereas, the most common overlay will be ½”. When referring to a 1/2” overlay, we are saying that the opening’s overlay is going to be 1/2” larger than the bottom, top, the left side, and the right side. The animation clearly shows how the outline of a single door is sized in order to fit the opening. Take notice to the 1/12” overlay. The formula is being shown for calculating the size for an 1/2” overlay.

The outline for double doors and properly sizing in order to cover the sample opening

However, the face-frame does not need to be overlaid on four sides for double doors like they would with single doors, they will only overlay on three sides for double doors.

Double Cabinet Door Opening Measurements

Take notice to how the formula or the double doors is subtracting 1/16” away from the calculated width or each of the double doors. It is necessary to do this in order to prevent the double doors from coming into contact with the cabinets center at times when the conditions of the humidity causes a slight expansion of the door. Sometimes you may have to encounter other overlay sizes besides an 1/2”, however, the 1/2” is most common. Should the cabinet doors that you are about to replace have an overlay of a different size, such as 5/8” or a 3/8”, this formula is still going to do the trick and will size those new cabinet doors correctly if you simply replace the 1/2” it calls for in the formula with the size of the overlay you will be using.

Hinge Decisions

Keeping in mind that cabinets consisting of concealed hinges will consist of different models for all the different overlays there are and when ordering you need to be certain you are ordering the correct hinges. Check to see if you can purchase self-closing Blum Hinges. You will now have the ability for drilling the hinge pockets that your new doors will be needing. You will no longer have to dish out money to the Big-box store to determine the exact cabinet door measurements for you, now that you can clearly see how easy it really is to do yourself. Neither will you have to fork out the high prices of replacing your cabinet doors.


Being able to measure for your cabinet doors yourself gives you the power to save up to 50% on your cabinet doors by buying factory direct.  Cut out the cabinet door supply middleman, retail prices, or custom cabinet install company and do the work yourself!  You’ll stretch your remodeling dollars further, get more for your money, and simply enjoy your home more.


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