How to Fit Furniture Handles

Installing furniture handles accurately and easily

Learn how to add furniture handles to your doors and drawers, or replace your old furniture handles with new ones.

We'll use a Handle Jig, an inexpensive tool that allows you to fit all of your furniture handles in the same position on every door for them to align perfectly.

The handle jig can be used with either bar-type or single-screw knob handles.

In this guide, we will attach a T-bar handle to an ordinary cupboard door, such as those commonly found in kitchens, bedrooms or bathrooms. 

Step 1 - Measure vertically

The Handle Jig features an extendible green ruler which hooks onto the top of the door. The black section is also extendible to allow you to determine your furniture handle position inwards from the side of the door. Guides rest against the side of the door to keep it in position.

You need to determine the distance from the top of your door to where the first hole will be required. If you are using the jig to position a single-screw handle, this will be the only hole required.

Step 2 - Measure horizontally

This black section is extendible and allows you to mark the holes for your handles in from the side of the cupboard door. With your vertical height chosen, determine the distance from the side of the door where your first hole is required.

Step 3 - Mark the first hole

For this step you can use an awl or a 2mm pilot drill attachment for a power drill.

In order to mark the first hole, drill through the plastic and into the cupboard door surface - just enough to leave a mark for a bigger drill later on.

Step 4 - Mark the second hole

This handle jig has a scale with standard hole centres for standard furniture handles, such as 96mm, 128mm, 160mm and more (hole sizes). If your bar handle has standard hole sizes, you can mark the second hole according to the scale. 

If your handle is a different size, you can make your own second hole simply by drilling through the plastic where desired.

Keep in mind, if you are replacing handles with those of a different hole size, it's best to choose a handle which can also conceal where the old holes were. The glitter bar handle pictured at the start is an example of this. It actually features 160mm and 192mm handle positions on each handle but more importantly, the nature of its design means it can also cover up nearby drill holes above or below its new position. 

Step 5 - Drill the final holes

Your handle jig is now set for any other matching cupboard doors. 

Each door can now be drilled and marked out ready for final drilling. After this is complete, use a 5mm drill bit on a power drill to drill through the previously marked holes and create the drill hole for the handle screws.

NOTE - For a neat finish, it is best to drill from the front of the door surface to the back, doing the opposite may burst through the front surface as the drill penetrates.

Step 6 - Screw the handles onto the doors

You will need a hand pozi-type screwdriver for this final step.

Use a handle screw of 28mm length and 4mm diameter to fix your screws onto your furniture door. This will be sufficient diameter for most screws and 28mm is suited to most furniture cupboard doors. All handles supplied by Bedrooms Plus come with the correct fixing screws.

The Handle Jig is available through our Bedrooms Plus Online Store, in addition to an attractively-priced range of traditional and contemporary furniture handles.

Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you may have, through our website or the comments section below. 


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