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 ...and thanks for stopping by. I'm Claire Douglas,  DIY and home interiors writer specialising in money-saving and creative home interior projects. I've spent years developing my 'bespoke on a budget' approach to DIY and home interiors and I love sharing all my tips and tricks in tutorials and posts here on my blog, in articles I write for some of the leading titles, in the press, on Instagram, Tiktok and my online course

Hinge repair plate: the fixing plate for cabinet door repair

An easy and affordable fix for a damaged cabinet door hinge

Broken kitchen cupboard door with damaged concealed hinge hole

Is there anything more annoying than a dodgy kitchen cupboard hinge? You know the one when the screws won’t stay in their holes on the door itself, so every time the cupboard door closes, the hinge pops back into the closed position and the corner of the door drops down. (Just thinking about it is making me cross!)


We had this issue with the door that goes in front of the washing machine and I tried many fixes including gluing the hinge into the blind hole & gluing the screws in but nothing seemed to work on a permanent basis. Then we had the same issue on another cupboard in the kitchen (super annoying as the units are only six years old so they should be faring better than they are). But this second issue led me to start researching proper fixes and I stumbled upon this ingenious hinge repair plate that solves the issue in a few minutes. As it's such a quick one, it qualifies for my 1-hour DIY series, pop over and you'll find lots of quick and impactful DIYs.


You will need

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Drill (not essential but handy for making pilot holes for the screws)




How to install a hinge repair plate


  1. Remove door completely

the back of a kitchen cupboard door














2. Place in position on the door and check the hinge repair plate fits the hole on your door cut out for the concealed door hinge.


Hinge repair plates


3. Screw the affected hinge into the hinge repair plate using the two screw holes which were fixed into the door previously - use the screws provided. It was quite tricky removing the old screws from my hinge and they needed a quick spray of WD-40, which worked a treat.

Screwdriver screwing hinge repair plate into kitchen cupboard door


4. Mark the positions of the screw holes in the hinge repair plate on the door with a pen while holding the repair panel in place.

Marking holes for hinge repair plates

5. Drill pilot holes for the screws, they only need to be a couple of millimetres deep as the screws are small and the door isn't very thick, don't over drill them, they only need to help get the screws started if that makes sense.

Frilling holes in cabinet door for a hinge repair plate hack


6. Attach the hinge repair panel to the door, ensuring the concealed hinge is in position in the blind hole first. Fix a screw into the door through each hole on the repair panel.


Hinge repair hack for kitchen cabinet door

7. Re-attach door to cupboard


Hinger repair hack complete on kitchen cabinet door

Let me know if you have a go at this one, I’d love to hear from you.


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