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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT CABINET HINGE

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT CABINET HINGE

2021-08-17

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT CABINET HINGE

When it comes to hinge types, the options seem endless, but cabinets and door styles will narrow your choices. From here, you can choose according to your needs,

personal preferences and the style of your home.

According to hinge function, it have normal hinge and soft closing hinge. The normal hinge not have buffer function, there will be a sound when the door is closed;

the hydraulic hinge is when we close the cabinet door it slowly closes without any noise.

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According to the different installation mode, it have clip-on type and inseparable type. Clip-on hinge can be the hinge base and hinge cup separately installed,

and then can be assembled, the advantage is that the cabinet door can be easily removed at any time; the inseparable hinge need both cabinet and cabinet 

doors to be installed,the cabinet door is not removable after installation.

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According to the cabinet door installation position is different, it have full overlay, half overlay and insert, the full overlay hinge is cabinet door completely covers the cabinet side panels;

the half overlay hinge is cabinet door covers half of the side panels, and the insert hinge is cabinet doors do not cover cabinet side panels.


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To make installation easier, there are hinges with 3D function, this hinge has three adjustable screws, which can adjust the hinge forward and retreat, left and right, up and down,

to achieve the perfect combination of the cabinet door and cabinet body after installation.


Decide if you want hinges concealed or exposed

Exposed hinges, like butt hinges, are visible and often intentionally so. They are extremely common in traditional American styles of cabinets and vintage styles. On the other hand,

concealed hinges offer a clean exterior look and more contemporary style.


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COMMON CABINET HINGE STYLES

The many types of cabinet hinges vary in size and application but there are two main categories: traditional and European.

  • Traditional styles are often more visible and designed for face framed cabinets.

  • European styles are concealed when the door is closed.

In addition to the most common hinge types, there are many hinges made specifically for restoration projects, more ornate decorative styles, and even hinges just for piano lids.

 

SURFACE MOUNT

Surface mount hinges are mounted to the outside of the frame and the outside of the door making the entire hinge visible. Opt for this hinge type when you want to feature the style of the hinge. 

These are typically only used on the face frame cabinet type.


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BUTT HINGE

Butte hinges are made of two mounting plates and a barrel. Mount one of the plates to the side of the frame and the other mounting plate to the side of the door, with the barrel being exposed. 

Good for simple installation and to achieve a tradition look.


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FLUSH HINGE

Similar to a butt hinge but has a slimmer profile. Good for completely flush doors where you cannot drill a mortise. They take up less space than a butt hinge but the barrel is visible from the outside.


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SEMICONCEALED

Semi-concealed hinges hide the main mechanism of the hinge behind the cabinet door but some of the hinge is exposed on the frame or door edge. The frame wing is visible but the door wing is hidden. 

Use for overlay doors on face frame cabinets.


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WRAP AROUND

Wrap around hinges look similar to semi-concealed hinges but feature either a partial extra wrap around the inside edge of the frame, or a full wrap that continues into the inside of the frame. 

Use these for the look of a semi-concealed but with added support.

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T-STYLE HINGE

On a T-style hinge, one vertical wing attaches to the cabinet frame and one horizontal wing attaches to the outside of the cabinet door. This is a visible style for face frame cabinets 

that is also common for sheds and barn doors. Heavy duty and easy to install.


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