How To Fix Screw Holes In Kitchen Cabinets

How to Fix Stripped Screw Holes In Kitchen Cabinets

Originally contributed by Daniel Read • last updated 1/18/2021

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Having loose and squeaky cabinet doors is an extremely common problem for anyone with a kitchen that’s seen a few years. Not only does a crooked door stand out like a sore thumb, but how else are you supposed to sneak into the pantry to get an ill-advised late-night snack if your creaking cabinet door gives you away?

Luckily, the fix is quick, affordable, and effective.  

Because most cabinets are built from a soft, lightweight wood, the holes keeping your screws snug can begin to strip and loosen over time. If you’re one of the many people wondering how to fix stripped screw holes in kitchen cabinets, here are the materials you’ll need:

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  • Screwdriver or Drill
  • Scissors


  • Stripped Screw Hole Repair Kit

Remove Cabinet Door

To begin, remove the cabinet door that’s causing you trouble by taking out the screws attaching it to the side. Once removed, you should be able to see the holes where the screws used to be, aka the source of your wiggly kitchen cabinet problem.


Use Your Stripped Screw Hole Repair Kit

The best way to fix screw holes in kitchen cabinets is to start with the right tools. Begin by opening up your stripped screw hole repair kit and cutting one of the metal sheets down to the correct size for your hole. You may need to use two depending on how stripped it has become, in which case simply line both sides of the hole before inserting your screw.


Reattach Cabinet Door

Next, pick your cabinet door back up and align the screw with the freshly fixed hole, tightening snugly with your screwdriver or drill. 

Once completely re-attached, that’s it, you’re done! Your kitchen cabinet should now be back to its usual healthy self: quiet, sturdy, and ready for many more years of late-night snack heists!