Magnetic Cabinet Door Locks
- Dec 23, 2017 -
Line up the lock plate along the frame of the cabinet where the lock will catch. This can be done along the top, bottom or side of the cabinet door. Position the lock plate so the notched edge is facing out, ensuring the lock will catch and hold when the door is closed.
Mark through the screw holes on the lock plate with a pencil. Remove the lock plate and drill a hole on each pencil mark. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the size of the drill bit or ensure the bit is a slightly smaller width than the screws that were included with the locks. This enables the screws to secure the lock plate tightly to the cabinet frame without splitting the wood.
Replace the lock plate and align the screw holes. Tighten a screw into each screw hole to hold the lock plate tightly in place.
Measure the distance from the side edge and top of the cabinet to where the lock plate was installed. Measure and mark the same distances on the backside of the cabinet door to ensure the lock and lock plate line up. Mark the measurements with a pencil to determine the correct position.
Align the magnetic lock with the pencil marks. Mark through the screw holes on the lock to the inside of the cabinet door. Remove the lock and drill a hole on each pencil mark.
Replace the lock and align the screw holes. Add and tighten a screw into each screw hole to hold the lock tightly in place.
Close the cabinet door, allowing the magnetic lock to catch the lock plate. You will not be able to see any portion of the lock. Push the magnetic key against the outside of the cabinet door where the lock is installed. This will trigger the magnet in the lock on the inside of the cabinet to unlock.
Things You Will Need
Keep an eye on your child at all times, even if a cabinet door lock is installed. Some children will still be able to figure out how to unlock the cabinet door.
Store the magnetic key on your refrigerator and out of reach of children.