5 Types of Cabinet Door Hinges Explained

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Many people do not think about the type of cabinet door hinges you will need when finishing a cabinet makeover, or a full kitchen remodel. While cabinets are the main focus of any type of remodeling project, there should also be some attention paid to the hinges you use to attach the doors to the cabinet face. There are several different types of hinges available on the market today. Here is a listing of a few of the cabinet door hinges you are most likely to find.

Categories of Hinges

Depending on the type of cabinet frame you have, there are several different categories of cabinet door hinges. They can be hidden, showing, in-laid, or even wrap around. No matter what category of hinge you are looking at, they all have the same basic concept. Hinges all have four basic parts. They have two wings. The first wing is the cabinet side wing that attaches to the cabinet frame. The second wing is the door side wing that attaches to the cabinet door. There is also a knuckle in the middle of the two wings that attaches the two together. Inside this knuckle is a pin that makes it possible for the hinge to open and close.

Flush Hinges

Flush hinges are those that are inset into the cabinet. They are usually found on the inside of the cabinet door and sit in a rabbet that has been routered, or chiseled into the cabinet and door. The only part that is sticking out is the knuckle of the hinge. Some flush hinges also have the knuckle inset also.

Wrap Around Hinges

This type of cabinet door hinge will be on the outside of the cabinet. While they are on the outside of the cabinet door, they can also be inset. If the cabinet door and cabinet frame of the same thickness, you can easily inset the wrap-around hinge. These hinges can also be beveled, and even a reverse hinge.

Side Hinge

This is probably the most common type of hinge available. These are of a basic structure and sit on the outside of the cabinet. This type of hinge can come in a lot of different styles and shapes, as well as materials. They are often decorative and alone can add a dramatic touch to your cabinet door.

Full Extension Hinge

When you open a cabinet door sometimes it is necessary to get a little more opening on the door. A lot of hinges, especially some inside type hinges, do not allow for full extension. This type of hinge will allow you to open the door in almost a 300-degree arc.

European Hinges

When you have an unframed cabinet, the best type of cabinet door hinge is called the European hinge. This type of hinge is entirely concealed within the wood on the inside of the door. Quite often, but not always, these types of hinges are also self-closing. When the door is left slightly ajar, it will self close from the tension spring in the hinge.