Tools you will need: Drill, 1/8” drill bit, Phillips screwdriver, scratch awl, pencil/marker, masking tape, tape measure.
Caution: Since many cabinets use cabinet tops and bottoms that are only 1/2″ thick, the 1/2″ long screws we provide with our cabinet door restraint kits will work with most cabinet doors and cabinet bottoms/tops without coming through the other side. Please make sure that your cabinet doors and cabinet bottoms/tops are of sufficient thickness before proceeding. Additionally, to ensure you don’t drill too far when drilling your pilot holes, place a piece of tape on the drill bit to act as a depth gauge. See the video for details.
There are many different ways you could install our cabinet door restraint. The directions that follow are for the most common installation. These instructions assume your cabinet bottoms or cabinet tops are flush with the face frame of your cabinet. If this is not the case, you can attach the cabinet end of your door stop on the bottom of or behind your face frame just as easily. If you have frameless (case type or modular) cabinets, your installation is easy as well. In addition to these instructions, we have created an easy to follow installation video. You can watch it here.
Again, an important reminder. The following installation instructions are to be used as a general guide. If you are uncertain about the perfect mounting locations for your particular installation, we suggest marking your proposed screw hole locations on a piece of masking tape and holding the stretched out cabinet door restraint on your marked locations to see if the suggested screw hole locations will work for you.
1) Open your cabinet door and measure out 7.5″ from the back of the door and about 1″ down from the top and make your first mark on the back of the door. This will be where we drill the first hole. This is important! If you don’t measure out far enough on the door first, your cable will be installed at too great of an angle. This will put too much strain on the eyelets at the end and in time, they can break. Take another look at the proper installation angles in the image above.
2) Using your drill and your 1/8” drill bit with the tape applied as a depth guide, drill a pilot hole in the back of the door.
3) Using the screws provided and your drill or screwdriver, attach one end of the cabinet door restraint to the back of the door with the restraint pointing back towards the cabinet.
4) Next, insert your scratch awl through the eye of the restraint at the loose end and pull it tight while you position the door to your desired opening angle. Then press the awl into your cabinetry to mark the next screw location. This method is preferred vs. the following method as you can stretch the cable fully and tightly to obtain a higher degree of accuracy.
Alternatively, you can grab the loose end of the restraint and hold it tight while you position the door at your desired opening angle. Use your pencil or marker to mark the next screw location on the cabinet top, bottom or the edge of the face frame.
5) Now drill the second hole and screw the other end of the restraint to the cabinet. It’s important to not screw this screw down tight. It needs to be loose enough to allow the restraint to pivot out of the way when closing the door.