How to Fix Broken Kabinart Hinges

 

Lots of folks had their plastic pieces break in Hettich hinges.  Kabinart used them as a hinge supplier for a while, and when the hinges failed, Hettich left Kabinart (and Kabinart's customers) hanging out to dry.  Here's how to fix the problem with the Blum hinges that Kabinart offers to it's otherwise out-of-luck customers.

How to Fix Broken Kabinart Hinges

I first wrote about the problem of broken Kabinart hinges here.  I have mentioned a couple of times lately that I'm in the process of writing a tutorial about how to fix broken Kabinart hinges.  A local kitchen finally popped up that had the hinges in it, and I was able to document the process while I swapped them out.  Today, I'm done.  Here it is.  Step by step.  Enjoy…

 

Do you have the infamous Hettich hinges?

If your doors don't stay closed and your hinges have broken pieces of plastic inside of them, then you've most likely got the hinges.  Your first step is to call Kabinart and arrange for replacement hinges to be sent out.   You can try the dealer you purchased them from, but I'm hearing from around the country that some dealers are being… difficult.  That or the recession cleaned them out and their gone altogether.  Save yourself some headache and call Kabinart directly at (615) 833-1961.  You need to know when the kitchen was initially purchased.  It would be helpful, but doesn't seem necessary as far as I can tell, to know the dealer who sold them.

Figure out how many pairs of hinges you need (actually, you should do this beforehand)  and pay the fifty cents a hinge (new ones are normally several dollars apiece) and wait.  It should only take a couple of days for the hinges to arrive.

 

Take out the old Hettich hinges.

A broken Kabinart hinge by Hettich

This part is pretty easy.  Here is a broken hinge.  Take the two screws out of either side and pop the hinge out.  You can throw everything away.  You'll be left with a big hole, and smaller holes to either side filled with plastic plugs.  Like this:

 

Empty hinge hole on a Kabinart door

 

Prepare the New Hinges

New Blum hinge to replace broken Hettich Kabinart hinge

Here's what you'll get from Kabinart.  Before you can use it, you've got to remove the screws and plugs.  I've done it for one of them here.  Chuck them, as you won't need them either.

 

The Holes Don't Line Up

New Blum hinge holes don't line up with old Kabinart Hettich holes

This has been the biggest ruckus of swapping out the new hinges for the old ones.  The pattern Hettich used was not one anybody else used.  Kabinart's advice is to go ahead and screw the hinge in like this.  The tip of the new screw will go in between where the wood and plastic plug meet. 

I talked with my Kabinart rep, and he said rather than just screw it down, a pilot hole worked better.  He said a 1/32" drill bit would suffice, and things would go together without a hitch.  I didn't have a bit that small, so I used a slightly bigger one.

I forgot to take a picture of the door before I installed the hinge, so I took the hinge back off and found that both holes have splits. I would recommend what I eventually used, a 7/64" (2.5mm) drill. The second set of holes I drilled in this door did not split when I used the bigger bit, and I think there was still plenty of meat for the screw threads to grab on to. 

When you drill the holes, be sure you don't go right through the door.  I've used Scotch Tape before to let me know when to stop; this time I just used a Sharpie to mark the bit and stopped drilling when I reached that mark.

 

Screw the New Hinge In

Now all you've got to do is screw the new hinge into the door with the philips woods screws Kabinart sends along with the new hinges.

That's pretty much it.  This one looks a little crooked, but the next one went in fine.  I expect the rest will be ok as well.  Since these are very adjustable hinges, I'm not too worried.

 

Let me know if this helped.  I'm anxious to hear.

 

Written by:
Craig


7 responses to “How to Fix Broken Kabinart Hinges”

  1. Monika says:

    Thank you for writing this article. I have been scouring the internet in search of replacements for these hinges. My house came with this Kabinart cabinetry and I was wrecking my brain to figure out what to do about all our broken hinges. Your article is the only thing I’ve found with information about the plastic piece that pops out and how to find replacements. With your suggestion, I called them and ordered 32 new hinge pairs at $2 per pair. They didn’t need any information about when or where the cabinets were bought. They apologized for the inconvenience and said they’ve been sending out replacements for 4-5 years since Hettich left them high and dry. I’m just so glad I don’t need to pay $5 per hinge at Home Depot or Menards.

  2. Hi- I found your “how to fix broken Kabinart Hettich hinges” online and see that you decided to just screw the wood screws into the wood next to the plastic insert from the old hinge. Is this, in fact, working for you still? How long ago did you do this? We are getting ready to replace the old broken ones with new ones sent to us for free by our cabinet maker- before we make a go of it, I wanted to see how yours are faring. Thanks so much- this is a helpful article.

    • Craig says:

      Last I knew, the set I replaced was doing fine.  It’s been three or four years, and the fellow had kids that were rough on equipment, so I think you’re safe.

  3. Mike says:

    Hello, this site and another helped me get my Hettich hinges replaced so paying it back with more info. I have approximately 60 of these hinges and most of them are now broken 14 years after installing the cabinets. I found the replacement form below and now have 50 new style Hettich hinges for $20 shipping and handling plus 2 week wait. No plastic parts to break and a direct fit with easily adjusted cams. No directions though but not much needed seeing no new holes to drill. Basically remove the old hinge, attach the part that sits into the recess of the door (2 screws). Then adjust the 2 screws on the other end of the hinge(use a screwdriver not a power tool) so the hinge hole lines up with the frame hole, put that last screw in. Adjust those 2 screws to line up the door then move on to the next one. There is a 3rd hinge screw to line up the door up or down so it’s level when closed. Enjoy!

    http://www.hettich.com/fileadmin/content/mediathek/Product_replacement_form.pdf

  4. Chuck says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! With this information, I called kabinart and told them about my Hinges. They were very nice and told me to go through the cabinet business that I bought cabinets from. Well, they too were very nice and put the order in. About 2 weeks later, 55 hinges that I’m now in the process of replacing. Cost – $0.00. I’ll consider both these businesses again for future purchases as they both handled my issues like the pros they are…

  5. Roger Conner says:

    Thank you! I’ve looked all over and bought replaceent hinges but they don’t quite work!

  6. Alex Burley says:

    Craig,
    I so hope that this will help me in my situation. I have the same issue with 92 hinges in my kitchen. I installed these cabinets in 2004 and I have tried everything from adjustments, to Velcro, to magnets. I would like to replace them.

    Where is the hinge company located as I live in Georgia and I need to get the replacements?

    Thank you for addressing this issue as it has plagued me and my wife.

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