How to adjust a kitchen unit hinge & door


This guide will advise you on how to release hinges and how to adjust kitchen unit hinges and doors to ensure that your doors are all aligned properly.

To release hinges from hinge plates, press the metal clip to the rear of the hinge plate and lift the hinge arm away from the plate.

Release standard hinge

The 165 degree hinge works in the same way.

Release 165 hinge

To adjust door up and down, turn the screw in the centre of the hinge (located on the plate)

Adjust door up down

To adjust door in and out, turn the screw at the rear of the hinge

Adjust door in out

To adjust the door from side to side, turn the screw to the front of the hinge arm

Adjust door side to side

Here is a quick video to recap the above.

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31 thoughts on “How to adjust a kitchen unit hinge & door”
  • Bob says:

    I have two larder units to the left and right with an appliance unit (oven) in the middle. The oven has an up and over cupboard door at the top.
    Both larder units arrived with the doors aligned to the bottom of the cupboard, ie it was flush with the bottom with none of the cupboard frame visible.
    The up and over door on the oven housing was aligned with the very top of the cupboard.
    This means that the middle cupboard door sticks up higher than the two on the left and right.
    I have adjusted all the hinges up as far as possible on both larder door and adjusted the up and over door down as far as possible but it still sits higher than the larder doors.
    All three cabinets sit at the same height,
    Do I need to re drill the up and over door so that it sits lower and then re-adjust?

    September 19, 2023 at 12:55 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi Bob, please could you create a support ticket with this issue here and our technical support team will be able to look into this for you.

      September 21, 2023 at 8:38 am
  • Squid says:

    Hi, I have a pull out towel rail and when I open it by the handle the top wants to open, but the bottom wants to stay closed. it then comes off the runners. Is there a way to adjust the bottom soft close runner so there’s not as much resistance hoping it then open easier

    March 30, 2023 at 5:36 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, there is a guide on the kessebohmer website here. If this does not help then you would need to raise a support ticket to see if the support team can offer any advice.

      March 31, 2023 at 10:25 am
  • Tony says:

    Hi. I also need to adjust the door on a pull out bin unit. The July 2016 discussion above refers to a design with supporting rails below the bins, but the cabinet we bought in 2022 is another design with rails at the top of the bins. The unit model we have is FDB6-2X32-2X8GFH. We need to raise one rail and tilt the door forward as it is not closing at the bottom.

    July 26, 2022 at 5:45 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Here, there are some pull out bin adjustment instructions here.

      July 27, 2022 at 9:56 am
  • Jacqueline says:

    Hi, re the above advice to leave a 7.5mm gap between split doors. If you do this on a Luca kitchen you’re left with a large and really obvious, unsightly gap, especially noticeable with lighter coloured doors. Where the split doors open as one, you can clearly see the metal joining strips too which looks awful. Any advice on how to ‘repair’ this visually? Thanks.

    April 5, 2022 at 11:03 am
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, the gap is needed but the aftersales team can send some edging that can sit behind the doors, to make the gap look less noticeable. Please create a support ticket here to request some and mention this conversation that you’ve had.

      April 6, 2022 at 1:49 pm
  • Richard Kenny says:

    SOMHPDT is there a sideways adjustment on the hinges for the top up and over door?

    October 15, 2021 at 10:50 am
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, a screwdriver in the centre hole will adjust this. Turn clockwise to move the door left and counter clockwise to move the door right. Adjust Top Box

      October 18, 2021 at 2:35 pm
  • Nicholas Hinchliffe says:

    Hi, have finally managed to get around to final adjustments on our kitchen. On our 2320mm high larder units, despite maximum adjustment on both, there is still a large gap between the two door (handless variety). How do we over come this issue.

    September 5, 2021 at 3:43 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, the correct alignment of the tall unit doors is as follows; the bottom edge of the lower door should sit flush with the base of the carcass. The top edge of the upper door should sit approximately 2.5mm lower than the top edge of the carcase. Once the doors are correctly aligned, this will allow for a gap of approximately 7.5mm in between the split doors. If you need any more advice on this, then our aftersales team will be able to help on 01977 608 418.

      September 6, 2021 at 8:12 am
  • Paul Hooper says:

    Hi, Is there any up/down adjustment to the door on a 150mm pull out tray or spice rack? One of my doors is a little high compared to the units either side. Thanks.

    April 20, 2021 at 12:55 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, this image here, shows how to make the adjustment. kessebohmer 150mm door adjust

      April 21, 2021 at 1:24 pm
  • Lucy says:

    Hi, I’m trying to adjust a door on the fridge unit up so that it sits flush. We’ve tried adjusting the middle screw to raise it up but it’s not raising up at all. Any suggestions please? It’s dropped about 8mm.

    February 12, 2021 at 4:54 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, door adjustments can be found on page 7-8 of the technical guide here.

      We do also have an article on an advice page on how to line up the doors with fridge/freezers that might help here.

      If you need anymore help with this then our sales team will be able to assist on 01977 608 418 (M-F, 9am – 5pm).

      February 15, 2021 at 9:49 am
  • Natalie says:

    Hello, I don’t seem to have a middle screw to adjust the door up and down on my Helmsley wall units. Can you please advise how I adjust the door up and down without it? Thank you.

    December 11, 2019 at 8:07 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Natalie, the adjustment screw for this is on the crucifix back plate that the hinge is attached to. You should see that the back plate has a screw either side, to hold it in place. On one side, there is a smaller screw. When turned, this, it will adjust your hinge position up and down.

      December 12, 2019 at 4:33 pm
  • OLWYN says:

    Hi, hope you can advise. Please can you tell me the correct way to remove the kitchen wall cabinet doors? Cabinet is 1000 wall and are 575 high- two doors. The bottom hinge looks ordinary type and the top hinge has a little grey button protruding. Can they both just be unscrewed? More concerned about removing the little grey button one. Many thanks.

    October 26, 2017 at 9:38 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the Blum hinges are clip on, so if you use the clip at the back of the hinge then the door will just come off in your hand (get a good grip first!). There is no need to unscrew anything.

      October 26, 2017 at 1:23 pm
  • Richard Riall says:

    One of my new wall units came without a soft closer fitted, as ordered. DIY sent me a soft closer through the mail.
    How do I fit the soft closer to the ordinary hinge?

    June 16, 2017 at 7:46 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the soft close just pushes onto the hinge and clicks into position. Line the clip up on the hinge, put your left thumb on the metal bit near the plastic bit that touches the door, put your other thumb on the back end of the soft close clip and push quite hard. That should do it.

      June 16, 2017 at 8:29 am
      • NOELIA says:

        Hi, I have issues fitting two of the soft close mechanisms in my units. The joiner removed them to adjust the doors level and we were able to put all them back but two are just refusing to click on place. I would really appreciate any help!

        February 21, 2018 at 8:12 pm
      • Diy Kitchens says:

        Hi, the soft close bits to the hinges clip on. Line it up so that the grey bit that retracts is facing you, position the soft close bit so that the small clips on it, fit into the hole in the hinge. Then, using your 2 thumbs, push a little on the front with one thumb then push down hard with the other thumb at the back. That should do the trick! Although, I find it hard sometimes and it can take my 5 attempts to get them on and I’ve been doing it for years:-)

        February 22, 2018 at 7:11 am
      • NOELIA says:

        Hi, yes I was able to put back all the other mechanisms, but not these two.

        February 22, 2018 at 7:30 am
  • Darren says:

    Could you please inform me how to adjust a base unit door on the pull out bin unit (this is the door that is attached to the bin unit mechanism)? Over a period of 6 months the top of the door is no longer flush with the adjacent unit doors.

    July 12, 2016 at 12:32 pm
  • J Allen says:

    Do replacement kitchen cupboard doors come predrilled ready for hinges?

    April 1, 2015 at 5:10 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the doors do not come drilled. You would have to request that they come pre drilled.

      April 3, 2015 at 12:30 pm
  • Hywelian says:

    Could you please tell me how to alter the hinges when they have a soft door closer fitted?

    January 15, 2015 at 4:59 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:


      Pull the soft closer off the hinge then adjust the door then clip the softcloser back on the hinge.

      January 16, 2015 at 10:10 am
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