Learn about the varying cabinet screw covers to give your cabinets a finishing touch, or maybe you just need to some replacement screw covers to match the existing ones.
Plastic Screw Caps
These domed plastic screw caps have a short stem that pressure fits into the screw head, securing them to the screw.
|Screw Cap Covers||Amazon|
|Screw Cap Covers – #2 Phillips||Rockler|
|Screw Cap Covers – #2 Square & #3 Phillips||Rockler|
|Screw Cap Covers||Woodcraft|
Note: Matching the screw head to the screw cap is very important. Carefully read the product description as one size doesn’t fit all.
|Square #2||Phillips #2||Phillips #3|
- Available in different solid colors to better match a cabinets finish.
- The built-in plastic stems are short and won’t attach to a screw head if the screw is countersunk. The screw head needs to be flush with the cabinet panel for best results.
- The built-in plastic stem size and design needs to match the screw head shape and design in order to fit.
- The plastic caps create a hump that can put dinnerware, glasses, etc. off-balance in shelves applications containing screws, e.g. bottom shelf.
Installation of Screw Caps
- Press the cap stem into the screw head.
- Tap with a hammer if needed.
- Use of glue is optional to ensure the caps are more permanently installed and don’t pop off.
The stem of the cap is designed to seat fully into the screw head, no more or no less, therefore the screw head must be flush with the cabinet surface to create the perfect fit.
Note: If an existing screw is not fully seated, depending on the cabinet material, you may be able to safely drive the screw flush with a high torque hand screwdriver. A power drill driver risks stripping the screw hole, especially short screw applications that only connect the sides of cabinet together and possibly have a soft material, e.g. laminated MDF.
Otherwise, use one of the countersink bit sets listed below to create the needed screw head depth.
Veneer Screw Caps
A veneer screw cover comes in a plethora of wood finishes that can be finished to create a perfect match to your cabinets.
If you prefer to countersink your cabinet screws, you won’t be hindered by the short stems of plastic screw caps not fitting. Veneer screw covers can be used for any depth of countersink.
|Veneer Screw Caps||Amazon|
|Veneer Screw Caps||Rockler|
|Veneer Screw Caps||Woodcraft|
|Veneer Screw Caps||FastCap|
- The veneers come in melamine and several wood grain finishes to provide the best possible match to cabinets.
- The veneer screw caps are available in varying diameters, yet the very common 9/16″ sold for cabinet screws can cover a variety of screw sizes without worry, unlike plastic screw caps, which have little to no room for screw head variation.
- The self-adhesive back doesn’t require matching different style screw heads. Fit over any style screw head.
- The self-adhesive back provides more consistent and stable adhesion than the pressure fitted plastic caps.
- The near flush effect creates a more blended and invisible appearance than the domed protrusion of a plastic screw cap.
- Unfinished woodgrain veneer caps will require finishing to best match the cabinets finish.
Installation of Screw Caps
- Use a wood countersink bit set or spade bit to create the needed screw countersink.
- If an existing screw is not countersunk, remove and redo the screw hole with the properly sized countersink.
- Peel a veneer cap from the sheet and firmly press over the screw hole.
|Countersinks & Kits||W.L. Fuller|
|Countersinks & Kits||Snappy Tools|
|Countersinks & Kits||Montana Brand|
Montana Brand has a 4-in-1 Compact Modular Drill & Driver (#6, #8, #10, #12) kit that provides ease and convenience for pre-drilling and countersinking.
Note: Be sure to match the drill and countersink part # of each manufacturer to the screw size being used. There is no one specific drill size as drill increments can be very small, just make sure you don’t drill too large a pilot hole. E.g. Snappy Tools uses a 9/64″ for #6 screws and Montana Brands uses a 3/32″ drill for #6 screws with their kits.
Wood Buttons or Wood Plugs
I’m not familiar with using wood buttons in kitchen or bath cabinet applications. However, you may find wood buttons and plugs used for stairs, furniture and the types of cabinets used as furniture.
- Can be stained or painted to match.
- Available in different wood species.
- Can use a plug cutter to get an exact wood match between the plug and surrounding wood.