How To Adjust Pantry Doors In 5 Simple Steps

Does it annoy you when your pantry doors hang loosely, are misaligned, or don't close properly? Good thing there are a lot of DIY solutions that are readily available online. So we researched for you and combined all the needed information to guide you in adjusting your pantry doors.

The following are the steps to adjust your pantry doors to your liking:

  1. First, have a closer look at your pantry doors and identify which part of the door has an issue and needs some adjustment.
  2. Locate which hinge screw(s) need to be adjusted.
  3. Adjust or loosen the hinge screw(s).
  4. Test the pantry doors.
  5. Repeat the procedure if needed.

Are you still confused? Read further to have a more comprehensive view of the entire process of how to adjust pantry doors. Along the way, we will discuss how to adjust pantry door hinges especially that of an Ikea. We will also discuss how to adjust cupboard door hinges and fix the gap between cabinet doors.

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How Do You Adjust Pantry Door Hinges?

In this task, you'll need a Philips-head screwdriver. A drill is not recommended because you can't easily control its speed and power and you might mistakenly over-tighten the screws and even strip out cabinet woods or screw heads from your pantry door along the process.

You may also use a pair of work gloves to protect your hands while doing the entire steps.

Step 1. Identify the part that needs adjustment

First and foremost, " data-type="URL" data-id="">locate the part or door that needs to be adjusted. Inspect the entire pantry cabinet—from the sides, top, bottom, and insides. Are the doors poorly aligned? Are they hanging loosely? Or are they binding? It is important to identify the issue to save time, effort, and to avoid further misalignment.

Step 2. Locate hinge screws

It could be the door screw, mounting screw, side screw, or depth screw that needs adjustment. Once you're done detecting the problem, locate the hinge screws that are responsible for the misaligned or loose pantry door.

Step 3. Adjust the screws

In order to adjust your pantry doors to your liking, there are three basic adjustments that need to be done: the up and down, in-and-out (forward and backward), and right and left.

Up And Down

An up and down adjustment will let you adjust the alignment of the height of your pantry doors. This will ensure that both doors are equally leveled.

To move the hinge up and down, you should adjust the mounting screws. Loosen the two mounting screws so you can move the hinge up and down until you get the desired position. Now, once you get the correct position, hold the door in place and tighten your screws back up.


An in-and-out adjustment adjusts how a pantry door would hit the face frame of the cabinet and will show how the door sets in a closed position.

If your pantry door doesn't close properly, is tilted, or is binding, you have to adjust the depth screw. To level both doors of the pantry, moving the door inwards and outwards until you reach the correct alignment is the key.

To move the door inwards (backward), simply rotate the screwdriver clockwise. If you wish to push it out (forward), simply turn the screwdriver counterclockwise. This will be able to level out the doors and solve the issue of door binding and tilting.

Right And Left

A right-and-left adjustment helps you realign and evening out the gaps of your pantry doors.

If you want to move your pantry doors to either left or right, you should adjust the side screw. So by rotating the side screw counterclockwise, the pantry door moves to the left. And when you turn the screwdriver clockwise, the door moves to the right.

The video below shows easy-to-follow illustrated steps to adjust pantry doors.

Step 4. Test the doors

Once you're done adjusting the right hinge screws, always " data-type="URL" data-id="">test the door if everything is perfectly aligned and fitted.

Step 5. Repeat the procedure

Adjust the screws again once the pantry doors still look uneven. " data-type="URL" data-id="">Repeat the procedure if necessary until you achieve the correct position for your pantry doors.

How To Adjust Ikea Pantry Doors

Adjust an Ikea pantry door by following these steps below:

  1. With your Philips-head screwdriver, you can adjust your Ikea pantry door sideways (left and right) by moving the first hinge screw that is nearest to the edge of the pantry cabinet body.
  2. If you want to adjust your Ikea pantry door upwards or downwards, you just need to rotate the middle hinge screw. You have to do this on the upper and lower hinges.
  3. Lastly, the final screw, which is the farthest from the edge of the pantry cabinet, is actually responsible for moving the door in and out.

How To Fix The Gap Between Cabinet Doors

You can fix the gap between your cabinet doors by doing the following:

  1. You should screw up the loose mounting screws. You just need to move these screws in the clockwise direction to make sure that you even out the gap and secure the door.
  2. If the first step still hasn't solved the problem, then you may need to adjust the mounting screws again. This will move your cabinet doors up and down which could adjust the door to the needed height and tighten the screws again.
  3. If the gap is on the sides, twist the side screws to move the door on the left or right. You may adjust one or both hinges located on both doors to make sure that the gap is cleared out.
  4. When there is a change in the seasonal humidity, it could affect the quality of the cabinet door, making it pull away from the frame which results to doors not closing properly and having gaps. To fix this, adjust the depth screw to move your door in or out and get rid of gaps.

How To Adjust Cupboard Door Hinges

Handyman assembling kitchen cabinet and screwing door hinge

Cupboard door hinges can be adjusted through the following steps:

  1. Loosen the hinge screws.
  2. Adjust the cupboard door to its correct alignment and fitting.
  3. Once you get the correct alignment, hold the door in place and tighten the screws.
  4. Repeat the procedure if necessary.

In Closing

Pantry doors need to be adjusted if it's misaligned, crooked, hanging loosely, or not closing properly. To adjust the doors, you should first find out what is causing the problem. Second, locate the hinge that needs to be adjusted. Third, tighten or loosen the hinge screw to achieve the desired position.

The next step would be to test the doors to check if the adjustment was successful. Lastly, if you think it still needs a little tweaking, repeat the procedure to achieve the perfect alignment.

Before you go, check out these posts to give you an idea of how to make your pantries at home be more aesthetically pleasing and modern looking:

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