An easy, 5 steps DIY guide to install door handles on your kitchen and furniture cabinet drawers with a homemade template.
Instead of measuring front by front and kind of hoping that it turns out all right, this trick will save you time and help you to install all the hardware in the same position.
STEP 1: CREATE A TEMPLATE
Start by cutting a straight plate (doesn't really matter the size, but make sure it's long and wide enough).
Attach a straight piece of wood on the top of it (you can hammer it, use glue or screws). This will be the back of the plate, and will allow you to easily hang the template in the fronts later on.
Mark the middle of the plate with a pencil (I have done it in both sides but doing it just in the back is enough).
Using a saw, make a cut on top of the line. This is the key to place the template in the middle of the fronts.
After that, measure the distance between the two holes of your hardware, divide it into two, and write that down (normally you would get this center to center - c/c - measurement from the company you bought it).
Measure the distance from the top of the front to where to you want to place the handles and write that down.
With the measurements that you have written down, mark the two spots behind the plate with a pencil.
Once you got that, double check to make sure everything is correct and drill two holes.
Congrats, your template is ready!
STEP 2: MARK THE MIDDLE OF THE DRAWER
To not damage the front, I have drawn a line in a paper, stuck it with tape and place it on top of the front. (Remember to put it precisely in the middle).
STEP 3: PLACE THE TEMPLATE
Lay the template making the center of it fit with the center of the front (see pictures below).
STEP 4: DRILL THE HOLES
Once the template is exactly in the middle, drill the two holes.
If your fronts don't have a plastic protection, I would recommend to put some tape where the hole needs to be drilled for a nicer finish.
STEP 5: INSTALL THE HARDWARE
Remove the protection layer or tape, place the handle in one side, drill the screws from the other side, and c'est fini!